This Week in 1921 – 100 years ago: Alexandria won the state high school football championship on Thanksgiving Day by defeating Worthington at Northrop Field by a score of 20-2. The Minnesota Daily Star, which has followed the progress of the Alexandria team from the very start of the season, had Coach Roese’s giants picked as the state champs a long time ago. The high school team of Everett, Washington has challenged the Alexandria champs for a game at Everett on Christmas Day. Whether the challenge will be accepted and the long trip made to the Pacific coast, the Park Region Echo is not in a position to say at this time.
1971, 50 years ago: As one drives out old Highway 29 north, the new building that rises against the skyline is the new worship area for Bethesda Lutheran Church. The laminated wood arches that form the roof rise over thirty feet tall, making a total height of over 50 feet. The new worship area will have a seating capacity of 300 people. Included in the addition will be office space, a small group meeting room and a narthex.
All new businesses opening up in Alexandria will be getting the full treatment from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce from now on. The “Alexandria Scrollers” — an official chamber welcome committee instituted by new board member Magel Boyd — will personally call on new businesses and present them with a plaque welcoming them to our city. Among the first to receive this red-carpet treatment was the new White Mart.
Trumm Drug is celebrating its 20-year anniversary, as it was in 1951 that A.W. Trumm purchased the Lewis Drug in Alexandria. Just two years ago, Dec. 8, 1969, the Trumms opened their new store. Featured in a number of trade journals soon after it was completed, Trumm’s has just been one of two stores in the nation (400 stores) to be shown in a merchandising brochure by Litton Industries (Streator Div.).
1996, 25 years ago: Christina Gilchrist, director of the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission, was one of the presenters at the first-ever Minnesota Development Conference in Bloomington. More than 500 elected officials, bankers, educators, business owners, chamber of commerce staff and economic developers attended the conference.
2011, 10 years ago: The Minnesota Medical Association presented its Physician Leadership in Quality Award to Dr. Paul Dale for his leadership and direction in establishing the Joint Replacement Center at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. Dale is an orthopedic surgeon with Heartland Orthopedic Specialists in Alexandria, which worked with Douglas County Hospital to open the Joint Replacement Center in 2008.
Just For Fun, 2011 – 10 years ago: If you add up the number of people who attended events at the Alexandria Runestone Community Center (RCC) in the past year, it would fill the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul six-and-a-half times. Or Target Field in Minneapolis nearly three times. A total of 107,550 people attended RCC-hosted events, such as the Douglas County Fair, Alexandria Blizzard games, high school hockey, shows and other activities.
Sports Trivia, 1971 – 50 years ago: The Alexandria Cardinal Hockey team began their practice as usual without ice and a question mark in the minds of many as to where they will be playing once the weather cooperates. The Cardinals are beginning their fourth year of interscholastic play and in the past three years have played games at three different sites. The first year they played at Jefferson; in 1969-70 they played on Knute Nelson field; and last year played all their home games at the Central Junior High rink. This year, they hope to have a permanent rink at Jefferson but the weather hasn’t permitted some work to be done.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.