1920, 100 years ago: Miss Laura Kennedy, bookkeeper at Brown Bros. store was the first person to vote in Osakis this past week and enjoys the distinction of being the first woman to cast her ballot in Osakis at a general election.
1970, 50 years ago: Full operation of the new farm petroleum service will now begin, according to Ernie Solvog, manager of the Miltona Creamery Association. The service will include bulk fuels to the farm, such as gasoline, diesel fuels, motor oils and lubricants, tires, batteries and accessories. Ray Zunker has accepted the position of sales-service man for the petroleum department.
KCMT-FM, the new high-power radio station for central Minnesota will be affiliated with the NBC radio network, it was announced by Glenn W. Flint, general manager. NBC officials told Flint that the agreement is the first-ever made by NBC for an FM-only radio station. The NBC radio signal will be picked up in Minneapolis and transmitted to KCMT-FM on the station’s own micro-wave transmitting and receiving equipment, which already carries the television signals for KCMT-TV. The signals are made available through the cooperation of the Hubbard Broadcasting Co., operators of KSTP Radio and Television.
1995, 25 years ago: Herbie and Linda Dahl of Herbie’s in Carlos are this year’s winners of the 1995 Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association Tavern Retailer of the Year. The Dahls have owned and operated Herbie’s for the past 11 years.
Alexandria businesses honored as “Employers of the Year” for promoting fairness in the workplace were Cellular 2000 (also known as Rural Cellular Corporation), recognized in the more than 25 employees category while Bursch Travel won in the less than 25 employees category. The Alexandria Area Business and Professional Women presented the awards.
Owners Ron Moritz and Carol Rodriguez will be celebrating the first anniversary of Yesterday’s throughout the holidays. Yesterday’s, a quality second-hand merchandise store that is also a resource for antiques and one-of-a-kind collectibles, is located in the old Woolworth’s building in downtown Alexandria.
2010, 10 years ago: New flags were raised on a new flag pole at Legion Park in Alexandria by members of American Legion Post 87. The park has been in existence since the early 1940s as a reminder to all of the men and women who have, and still serve, their country in the military.
The cost of renting a room at City Hall, reserving a park shelter, or installing a culvert may go up soon. The Alexandria City Council approved a preliminary proposal to change the city’s fee schedule for next year. As directed by the council, city staff reviewed the fees to see if any adjustments are needed to cover the actual costs the city incurs. The current charge of City Hall room rent is $10 for conference rooms and $25 for council chambers.
Just for fun 1995 – 25 years ago: A bottle of 60-year-old Greek brandy will be sipped by five World War I veterans right after Veteran’s Day ceremonies in Alexandria. The brandy-sipping ceremony is a bequest from Frank O’Hotto, a WWI Alexandria veteran who died in June. Years ago, O’Hotto hid the brandy and a bottle of Wild Turkey whiskey under the inside stair-steps of the Alexandria American Legion. When Legion members were cleaning out the club they were astonished when they found the bottles of liquor and a letter written by O’Hotto in 1982, suggesting that the liquor be shared in a special ceremony by the last five remaining WWI members of the Legion.
Sports trivia 1970 – 50 years ago: A scuba diving course will be offered to women at the Central Junior High pool. The course is offered through the Adult Education Department with Jerry Callaghan as instructor. The course is designed to provide the fundamentals of scuba diving and the proper use of diving gear.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.