This week in 1971, 50 years ago: Passenger train service to and from Alexandria will become a thing of the past at the end of April. The Burlington Northern, Inc. has filed a notice of proposed discontinuance of trains No. 27 and No. 28 which provide east and west-bound rail service to Alexandria.

1971, 50 years ago: Nearly 2,000 people attended the 35th annual meeting of the Runestone Electric Association, held at the Central Junior High School auditorium. General Manager Joseph Perino reviewed accomplishments of the past year and reported that a new source of supplemental financing had been established for rural electric associations.

Herberger’s new piece goods and home furnishing store at 601 Broadway (in the old First National Bank building) is now open for business.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new S&H Green Stamp redemption center will be held April 1 and 100,000 free S&H Green Stamps will be given to the first 4,000 ladies. The local S&H Green Stamp store is located inside Anderson’s Furniture Store building. Anderson’s Furniture Store will now give green stamps with every purchase.

1996, 25 years ago: Ken Tessmer, realtor at ERA Viking Realty in Alexandria, attended the ERA International Business Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, where attendees were brought up to date on the impact the internet has on the real estate market.

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Myron Larson will celebrate 25 years in the insurance industry at an open house at his office at 415 Broadway in Alexandria. He began his career as a district representative with the Modern Woodmen Life Insurance Company on April 1, 1971; in 1974 joined the First American Insurance Company in Alexandria. On April 1, 1983 he established Larson Insurance at 415 Broadway.

For the first time in 50 years, the Alexandria Elks Club has women members. Two to be exact: Helen Feda and Joyce Olson.

2011, 10 years ago: Rainbow Rider Transit started in 1995 with nine buses and two employees and has now grown to include 30 buses, two vans, 37 employees and a yearly budget of $1,500,000. The organization now provides more than 500 rides a day to residents of all ages, meeting the transportation needs of residents in Douglas, Pope, Stevens, Todd and Traverse counties. Although Rainbow Rider is considered a small transit system, it is one of the largest rural systems in Minnesota, and partners with cities, counties, schools and retirement homes.

Just for fun 1961 – 60 years ago: Easter hams are 43 cents a pound at Red Owl. Other specials include asparagus at 19 cents a pound and eggs for 39 cents a dozen; frozen raspberries or strawberries, four packages for $1.

1971 – 50 years ago: National S&H (Sperry and Hutchinson Company) Green Stamp executives feel that Alexandria offers a tremendous potential for the west-central Minnesota trade area, which is one of the reasons Alex was chosen for the S&H Green Stamp redemption center.

Sports trivia 1971 – 50 years ago: An experienced tournament team, the Melrose Dutchmen, used a rugged rebounding force to capture the Minnesota Class A tournament at William’s Arena with victories over Two Harbors, East Grand Forks and Red Wing.

1996 25 years ago: Aaron Crowser of Alexandria was one of four student-athletes receiving top honors in the Minnesota State High School League’s (MSHSL) Arts, Academics and Athletics competition held in St. Paul. The “Triple A” program, which was established in 1988, recognizes male and female students who are outstanding in academic subjects, the fine arts, and athletics, and is cooperatively sponsored by the MSHSL and the “Triple A” Clubs of Minnesota.

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