1920, 100 years ago: The senior class of the local high school presented the play “Hurry, Hurry, Hurry” to full houses. Thursday evening’s crowd was not quite as large as Friday but nearly every seat was taken. All parts were well played and showed good coaching on the part of Miss Ellwell. The school orchestra furnished music between acts and before the play.
1970, 50 years ago: At the Alexandria Community Council meeting, Tom Fischer, district conservationist for the local Soil Conservation Service, will speak on “Recycling: An Alternative Method of Sewage Disposal.” The basic concept of recycling is to put treated sewage to use on land for fertilization and irrigation purposes rather than use our lakes and rivers for disposal.
Carlos Fire Chief Elroy Buelke and Mayor Percy Blank announced that the village of Carlos has accepted delivery of its new fire truck, to be used for protection in the rural areas as well as the village. To solve the problem of limited water supply in the rural area, a high pressure fog unit will use water more efficiently.
Tubby of Tubby’s Bakery of Alexandria has purchased the Blue Ribbon Bakery in Alex. He will remodel and move to that location on Broadway. The bakery was purchased from Alfred Herdan, who was at that location for over 40 years. The building was owned by John Leuthner.
1995, 25 years ago: Over 850 people – most of them kindergarten teachers – attended a two-day convention of the 51st annual meeting of the Minnesota Kindergarten Association at Alexandria’s Voyager Elementary School. Kindergarten is the only grade level in the state that has its own association, according to Darice Cuniff, Voyager Elementary School teacher who helped organize the event, the purpose of which is to share ideas and examine the latest concepts in education, child development teaching methods.
Governor Arne Carlson and Senator Cal Larson were in Parkers Prairie to inform residents that the community will receive $1 million in emergency assistance in the wake of the explosion on April 2. The disaster caused $1.3 million in damages. The state aid will be used to rebuild the fire hall, city hall and the water tower.
2010, 10 years ago: Life Link III, a leader in ground and air transport for medical emergencies, opened its fifth helicopter base at Chandler Field. Life Link III, which has four bases in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin, provides critical care, advanced life support and basic life support transportation for patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin and throughout the United States via helicopter, ground ambulance and airplane ambulance. Life Link III began in 1974, under the name of Bio Medical Research Associates, as a pioneer in the industry by providing intra-aortic balloon pump support, Swanson-Ganz heart catheters and blood flow monitoring services to hospitals.
Just for fun – 1970 - 50 years ago: Alexandria for years has been absent when providing candidates for the Miss Minnesota Pageant and the Minneapolis Aquatennial extravaganza. Lack of enthusiasm on the part of local organizations has been blamed in part. But hold onto your hat…for here comes Our Little Miss! Ray VonderHaar of the Andria Theatre and participating sponsors will be staging an “Our Little Miss Pageant” at the theater.
Sports trivia 1995 – 25 years ago: Resorts, stores and bait shops look forward to the opening of fishing almost as much as the walleye fisherman awaits that first tug on the line. According to the latest available statistics, tourism is a $139 million industry in Douglas County. Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Director Mac Bryant noted that, “Tourism is right up there among our leading industries. Retail is our biggest, right around $200 million.” Bryant said the Chamber is ready for the heavy influx of travelers that will begin arriving in Alexandria for a vacation of fishing, fun and relaxation.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.