1920, 100 years ago: More than $117,000 next year, and still larger amounts in later years, compared with $53,000 this year, will be furnished for use on Douglas County and township roads through the adoption of Good Roads Amendment No. 1. The increase will represent indirectly savings on automobile expenses, tires, gasoline and so forth, it is explained. Neither road tax increases nor new road bond issues will be necessary.
1970, 50 years ago: The precinct whose voters cast their ballots at Carlos Village Hall has been chosen as a “key precinct” by the American Broadcasting Company. On election night, Nov. 3, 1970, Mrs. R.W. Page, Alexandria, will telephone voting returns from this “key precinct” to the ABC election center for analysis as part of a report to the nation. The Carlos township “key precinct” is one of a balanced sampling of voting units throughout the state, chosen on the basis of past voting history, geographical and population considerations.
”For exceptional valorous actions while serving as a gunner of an unarmed helicopter supporting a river patrol in the Nam Can Forest,” Specialist 5 Phillip L. Ellingson, sedan driver for the assistant division commander of the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, has been awarded the second Oak Leaf Cluster of the Air Medal for “Heroism”.
1995, 25 years ago: Alexandria’s Pat Pederson took part in and completed a Voyager Outward Bound Sea Kayak School in what would be a challenge of a lifetime. Pederson was one of five other students from around the United States and two instructors that sea-kayaked and camped on Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands. Pederson had to pass a physical to take part and prepared herself by biking, running, swimming and walking. The Outward Bound event covered seven Apostle Islands and ended in Bayfield, Wisconsin.
About four inches of snow fell during the area’s first taste of winter. According to a Douglas County dispatcher, fifteen vehicles slipped into ditches around the county. Also, an emergency occurred when two sets of power lines in north Alexandria slapped together in the wind and burned off, falling to the ground. One set of wires on Highway North 29 fell down on two vehicles in the parking lot of North Branch Plaza, by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service office. Heat from the downed lines caused the tire of a pickup to burst into flames.
2010, 10 years ago: A first-ever “Rock-a-Thon” at Viking Plaza Mall collected 2,500 diapers and more than $600 in donations to help organizers distribute diapers to local organizations that serve families in need. Supporters raised awareness toward the cause by sitting in rocking chairs and distributing information from the many display booths that were set up. The diaper bank is the first of its kind in Minnesota and was organized by a 1997 graduate of Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Kristen Grode.
The Alexandria City Council and its park committee are encouraging the public to submit names for a new piece of land that was donated to the city in the 50th Avenue South Park Addition last November. The 56-acre site is located west of the railroad tracks near the proposed site of a new high school.
Just for fun 1970 – 50 years ago: Now showing at the Andria Theater, “PATTON” starring George C. Scott and Karl Malden. Playing at the Algon Ballroom on South Broadway is music by Norb Athmann and “The Band with the Smooth Sound.”
Sports trivia 1995 – 25 years ago: Alexandria volleyball coach Denise Anderson notes the Alexandria volleyball program completed its most successful regular season ever. The Cardinals are 22-0 at the varsity level while the JV team ended at 17-1 and the ninth grade team was 18-0. The seventh and eighth grade “A” team both were 19-0 on the year.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.