1910, 110 years ago: John Wahlstrom on Lake Geneva used his garden seeder earlier this year to plant a quarter acre of rutabagas in rows two feet apart. In harvesting his crop this fall he sold 60 bushels for 50 cents a bushel, put five bushels in the cellar, and fed 15 bushels to his stock.

1970, 50 years ago: The much talked about possibility of a new shopping center south of Alexandria shifted from rumor to fact as the city issued a building permit to Frontier Enterprises (the same group which built the new Holiday Inn Motel in Alexandria) for what is to be called “Viking Plaza Shopping Center.” It will be located between 30th and 34th avenues immediately adjacent and southwest of the Algon Ballroom facing the expressway. Estimated cost of construction – according to the building permit – is $650,000.

Vern Bisson of Broadway Mobile Homes in Alexandria calls it “immediate housing.” It comes preassembled in two sections, which are later moved on to a foundation, fastened together, and presto, you have your home, up to four bedrooms, and can be completed in three-and-a-half days. The new housing idea is a totally new innovation. They come completely furnished, are built to FHA specifications, and the cost runs about $21,000.

Representatives of the First Methodist Church of Alexandria accepted a check in the amount of $78,933.26 – payment in full for their church property on the corner of Lincoln and Fillmore. The U.S. Government purchased the land as the site for the new Alexandria Post Office.

1995, 25 years ago: “Ten November,” a docudrama written by Steven Deitz with music by Eric Bain Peltoniemi, will be performed by the Prairie Wind Players at Roosevelt Hall in Barrett. The sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975 stands out as one of the most mysterious and tragic of the shipwrecks that have occurred on the Great Lakes. Inspired by the Gordon Lightfoot song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” this docudrama is a compelling inquiry into the many unanswered questions about that fateful night.

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For the first time in 14 years, marijuana use has reached a new high nationwide, but that trend DOES NOT appear to be true of Douglas County youth, according to local authorities.

Dr. David Butler, chiropractor and owner of Century Chiropractic Center in Alexandria, recently joined 5,000 chiropractors from around the world for a historic symposium in Davenport, Iowa commemorating the birth of chiropractic, which was discovered in 1895 by D.D. Palmer in Davenport and who started the first school, Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Butler is a 1986 graduate of the college and the profession is celebrating its 100th anniversary this fall.

2010, 10 years ago: To help showcase what manufacturing businesses have to offer this area, a free tour of eight local manufacturers showcased how specialized jobs are. Much of the manufacturing world has changed from manual to automation. The tour visited the locations of Aagard, Alexandria Extrusion Company, Donnelly Custom Manufacturing, Douglas Machine Inc., Douglas Scientific LLC, ITW Heartland, Massman Automation Designs LLC, and WASP, Inc.

Just for fun 1970 – 50 years ago: Included in the first phase of building the new shopping center in Alexandria will be the White Mart (White Drug) with a total of more than 41,000 square feet of floor space; Pete’s Super Value with 18,000 square feet and a third shop area with 12,600 square feet. In addition, plans call for nearly 13,000 square feet of mall area.

Sports trivia 1995 – 25 years ago: The Alexandria girl’s volleyball team, ranked first in the state and fourth in the nation, posted a three-game sweep over Cold Spring Riccori to win the Section 8 championship. Coach Denise Anderson’s Cardinals will open play against White Bear Lake in the State Class AA tournament at the St. Paul Civic Center. The Cards carry a perfect 25-0 record into tournament play.

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