1920, 100 years ago: C.J. Newhouse, Power Farming Dealer in Alexandria, Minn., will have a Moline Universal Tractor Two-Row Cultivating Demonstration on Mr. Leo Lenz’s corn field, along the Alexandria-Garfield State Road, north of the Alexandria Kinkead Cemetery, ½ mile north west of the Great Northern Depot.

1970, 50 years ago: Voters in Alexandria Township will decide on whether or not liquor can be sold on Sunday at the Alexandria Golf Club or any other restaurant or hotel which may be interested. The golf club has applied for a liquor license from the County Commissioners but Sunday liquor can only be approved by residents within the township.

Brandon High School will hold its 43rd graduation with 30 seniors. Five honor students have been designated: Thomas Ziegelman, Agnes Wagner, Jeanette Lanners, Connie Olson and Suzanne Toft.

Men of Calvary Lutheran Church, Alexandria, planted 10,000 trees at Carlos State Park as a “work-in” for the American environment. William Duenow, superintendent of the park, supervised the project. The purposes of the planting are to beautify the park, increase its recreational capacity, and develop wildlife habitat.

1995, 25 years ago: Residents in the Alexandria area will have to be extra patient this summer with $4.8 million worth of road projects underway. A seven-mile I-94 freeway resurfacing project east of the city will begin. In addition, the MnDOT announced six projects that will be done in Douglas County. Costs will be borne by the state.

Fast-food packaging leads the way in highway litter according to those who pick it up in the ditches, according to Arvig Lovig, chairman of the Alexandria Sunrise Lions Clubs “Adopt a Highway” program. Since 1990 the volunteer group has been cleaning the ditches along a four-mile stretch of I-94 west and east of the Alexandria exit. Since 1990 a Minnesota Litter County Survey has revealed that 24% of all roadside litter is fast food packaging. Gum, candy and snack wrappers make up 13%; cigarette packages and matches make up 9% and beverage containers (mainly beer cans) constitute 5%.

2010, 10 years ago: Four World War II heroes from Alexandria departed for Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. Art Berg, Ruth McDonald, Larry Cline and Don Leland traveled together as part of the Tour of Honor through the St. Cloud branch of the Honor Flight Network (HFN). HFN is a national non-profit organization that takes World War II veterans to see the WWII Memorial in D.C. – free of charge to the veterans.

The Ducks Unlimited (DU) annual Vikingland Sponsors fundraising event was held at the Maritime Museum, chaired by Richard Hardine of Alexandria. The late Bud Peterson of Alexandria was recognized for his major donor contributions that supported DU projects in Minnesota; Larry and Vicki Carlson of Evansville gave a donation to DU that will protect 180 acres of shoreline habitat on Lake Christina; Dr. Alan and Sharon Quam of Alexandria became DU Life Sponsors and pledged support for DU’s Living Lakes Conservation Initiative in Minnesota.

Just for fun – 1995 - 25 years ago: Last week’s fishing opener drizzle and downpours of rain kept many anglers off the lakes, but the rain resulted in a shopping surge merchants hadn’t seen in months. “Some of the guys who ventured out in that wretched weather caught fish,” noted Ron Anderson, owner of Alexandria Sport and Tackle. Dana Freese, employee of Christopherson’s Bait said, “The shallow lakes are producing more fish. They’re catching them in six to 18 feet, and those fishing at night are doing well.”

Sports trivia 1970 – 50 years ago: Harlan Angen of Angen Auto Sales and Larry Vergin, Oldsmobile District Manager, presented Viking Speedway, Inc. president, Oliver Buse, the keys to the Official Pace Car. Opening night of the speedway is May 16.



Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.