1920, 100 years ago: The wide sleigh law passed by the 1919 legislature goes into effect Jan. 1, 1921, and after that date it will be unlawful to use sleighs on the winter roads that are not as wide as a wagon or automobile.
1970, 50 years ago: Miltona continues to bounce back after last summer’s tornado. Among the businesses demolished in the storm was the Midland Service Station. Now the new facility, Bob’s Midland Service, is ready for a grand opening. Bob Christenson, owner and operator, says his new station will be serving the area with the same petroleum and related goods and services as the Midland station has for the past 35 years.
Helicopters of the type being used in Southeast Asia are being received by the Minnesota National Guard’s 47th Infantry Division. The first UH-1D “Huey” Iroquois was received at the National Guard Army hangar in St. Paul. The “Huey’s” cargo carrying capacity will enable the Guard to provide air drop and evacuation equipment assistance to areas isolated by tornadoes, floods, and heavy snow conditions.
Flag raising ceremonies were held at the new First National Bank in Alexandria, marking the first official activity of the new facility. Mr. Marvin Westlund, Commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mr. Donald C. Hanson, Commander of Alexandria Post 87 of the American Legion, and the Runestone Barracks cooperated in presentation of the colors. Former Municipal Judge Joe G. Thornton gave the dedicatory address.
1995, 25 years ago: The fax machine is now a crime fighting tool for Douglas County. As part of the Minnesota Crime Alert Network, the machine at the Alexandria Police Department periodically receives statewide and regional “crime alert” bulletins. The alerts warn law enforcement, businesses and organizations throughout the state of suspects, con schemes and timely crime trends.
The Alexandria Employment Outlook Survey for January-March 1996 shows that 43% of employers contacted about their labor force plans will add people this winter, while 20% foresee fewer workers. The other 37% reveal staffing will remain constant. The Alexandria area’s winter job outlook is the best in the state, according to the survey.
2010, 10 years ago: The public is invited to tour the 700 Cedar Building, formerly known as the Marian Building. The open house event is hosted by Birthright–Crisis Pregnancy Center, with tours given of the more than two dozen businesses and organizations that now operate from this historic building.
The Jefferson High School cafeteria was filled with people to hear about the proposed new high school project. Two final designs were reviewed. The first one showed a long and narrow building, while the second one showed a more compact, multi-level school centered around a commons area. The second concept was unanimously chosen.
Just for fun 1970 – 50 years ago: From Erc Aga’s “Under my Hat” column: “Next time you’re in the lobby of the Alexandria State Bank, take a peek at Ole Olson’s mock up of a wildlife park that could entirely change that mess down behind the ball park. It would add up to seven acres of tourist attracting park area, including a wildlife island. I know that area is needed for city street dumping, but one day that is going to have to come to an end, so why not now?”
Sports trivia 1970 – 50 years ago: The Brandon Warriors have three basketball lettermen back from last season. They are Frank Foslien and Harold Peterson, both seniors, and Ron Lanners, a junior. Coach Don Bakken is in his third year of coaching in Brandon.
The Alexandria Cardinal wrestling team opened the 1970-71 season with 63 wrestlers turning out for the winter sport. This is the twelfth year of interscholastic wrestling in Alexandria. Ken Ledman and Dan Ewing are senior co-captains.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.