This Week in 1961, 60 years ago: The reorganized Alexandria City Council discussed the proposal for a new fire hall and police station. A hearing was also held on the rezoning of the south corner lot of 15th and Fillmore, the construction site of the Elks Club.
1971, 50 years ago: An Alexandria man serving in Vietnam was featured in the Sunday edition of the Minneapolis Tribune. Lt. John Martinson commands a platoon of infantry of the B Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry, 196th Brigade of the Americal Division. He is the son of the Earl Martinson’s and a graduate of Concordia College. He entered the service, attending Officer Candidate School from which he was graduated Second Lieutenant. He was assigned to Vietnam last September. His service is as an infantry soldier and his religious desires are to enter the seminary and eventually teach theology.
State Rep. Jon Haaven, of Alexandria, was one of three second-term legislators named to a leadership position in the State House of Representatives. Haaven was named vice-chairman of the Financial Institutions Committee. In addition, Haven will serve on the following committees: Taxes, Education, Higher Education, Health-Welfare and Corrections, and Natural Resources.
1996, 25 years ago: Remember last June’s water rationing? That won’t happen again, if Alexandria builds a new $3 million water treatment plant. The Alexandria City Council agreed to call for bids for the new plant upon request of its utility, Alexandria Light & Power (ALP). The city will not have to borrow money to pay for the project, according to ALP Manager Al Crowser. The entire cost of the new plant would be covered through reserves the ALP has saved over the years.
Over 300 people attended the annual Douglas County Hospital Holiday Ball in December. The raffle and auction raised $25,000, which will be used to purchase a new state-of-the-art mother-child monitor, which has many improvements over the old, including taking and recording a patient’s blood pressure and measuring the amount of oxygen in the patient’s blood stream.
2011, 10 years ago: In 2010, Bremer employees volunteered 10,303 hours in the Alexandria area, according to the company’s sixth annual internal employee survey. Bremer Bank employees overall donated more than 140,000 volunteer hours to their communities throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin in 2010.
At the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce annual awards gala, Chamber Director Coni McKay presented the “Friend of the Chamber” award to Tom Jacobson. Dean Anderson presented the “Business Education Partnership Award” to Steve and Diane Henry and Alexandria School District 206 presented its “Friend of Education Award” to Judy Florell, a long-time school board member who retired from the board last year. Incoming president for the Chamber is Ed Smith.
Just for fun 1971 – 50 years ago: A new six-cent stamp honoring Douglas MacArthur was put on sale by the Alexandria Post Office. The new six-cent Douglas MacArthur stamp is part of the new policy by the Postal Service to increase the interest in commemorative stamps. As part of a ceremony honoring the opening day of issuing the stamp, Ralph Tillitt is pictured with Robert Moon, who works at the post office, and Mayor Marvin Hanson, who served under MacArthur in the Pacific during World War II. Tillitt collects stamps as a hobby and purchased a block of the opening day issue of stamps from Moon.
Sports trivia 1996 – 25 years ago: Mike Wencl, Alexandria senior swimmer, has the fastest time in the state in the 100-meter backstroke. Wencl has a time of 55.10 to best the rest of the splashers in that event.
Thirty-one competitors participated in the first down-hill race of the season at Andes Tower Hills, 15 miles southwest of Alexandria. The fastest time of the day went to 14-year old Joshua Zeithamer of Alexandria who completed the course in 20.52 seconds.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.