1910, 110 years ago: The Alexandria Citizen Post printed a story on the Nelson Co-op Creamery, the first patron-owned creamery in Douglas County: “A visit to some of the pretty farmhouses around Nelson will prove what the creamery has done for the country. The farmers here don’t take a back seat to any in Minnesota. They are proud of their creamery, too, and always aim to be right on the lead. They have now decided to build a new creamery.”
1970, 50 years ago: A.A. “Cap” Paciotti, director of Adult Education for the Alexandria Public Schools, announces the start of Stationery Steam classes to be conducted by Lloyd Machedanz, State Department of Education, Vocational Section of Boiler Operations. The class includes instruction in boilers and their auxiliaries, combustion, feed water control, turbines, condensers, steam engines and formulas for boiler license examination.
Bob Chan Sr. accepted a congratulatory handshake from Erc Aga following ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Bob’s new store facilities now located at the old Alexandria State Bank building. Jim and Bob Jr. (“Bob and the twins want to see you...”) were also present.
Alexandria chamber manager Harvey Hammergren presented $2,800 to Miltona mayor Ernie Salvog which represents the result of a fund started for homeless families as a result of the devastating tornado. Altogether, Miltona has received nearly $4,400 from people throughout Minnesota and neighboring states.
1995, 25 years ago: Alexandria Opportunity Center (AOC) is celebrating its 20th year of providing services to Douglas County residents. The Center was organized by Project New Hope in the early 1970s as a work program to teach vocational and community living skills to people who have developmental disabilities. In 1985, AOC incorporated as a private non-profit “Developmental Achievement Center” (DAC) licensed by the Department of Human Services. In 1991, DAC relocated to the old Fingerhut building in the Hustad complex by Interstate-94.
Over 140 artisans will show their creations at the 19th annual Alexandria Art in the Park. Proceeds from the event go to the Alexandria Area Arts Association.
The Knute Nelson Corporation broke ground for its new assisted living facility on the corner of 12th and Nokomis in Alexandria. Dave Sorbel is administrator of the corporation and Delores Ganje is director of nursing.
2010, 10 years ago: Alternative Senior Care, which provides non-medical home companion and personal care service, making it possible for seniors to continue to live independently in their own homes, has hired Mike Karasch as community relations coordinator. Karasch works from its new satellite office in Alexandria at Arabella Manor, 1810 Darling Ave. E.
Just for fun 1970 – 50 years ago: Hundreds of former students, teachers and friends helped observe the 100th anniversary of the Holmes City School. Although sessions will be held at the school through the next year, the Minnesota State Legislature has declared that the state’s rural schools, including Holmes City, will close after that.
1995 – 25 years ago: The Senior Citizen Popcorn Wagon moves from its usual downtown location next to Diekman’s Jewelry to Art in the Park this weekend. Proceeds help support Home Delivered Meals throughout Douglas County. The local program is sponsored by seniors (the Committee on Aging) for seniors, with a great deal of pride and the goal of allowing all to remain independent.
Sports trivia 1995 – 25 years ago: Tickets for the annual Minnesota All-Star Classic, scheduled at Macalester are available at the activities office at Jefferson High School. Adult tickets are $7 and students $4. Alexandria coach Dennis Kalpin will coach the Outstate Stars while Alexandria’s R.J. Nodland will be one of the participants. Andy Quist will be an additional coach, working with the quarterbacks and wide receivers. Andy Carlson of Brandon-Evansville will also be in the contest as will Rod Klimek of Parkers Prairie.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.