From the Echo Press archives, 1981: Alexandria to get a Senior Center

This week in history in Douglas County.

This Week in 1981 – 40 years ago: Senior citizens won a major victory when the Douglas County Board voted to allocate $43,000 in federal revenue sharing funds for a new county senior citizens center. The money represents about one-third of the cost required to remodel and refurbish the new facility in a building that the City of Alexandria has indicated it will donate to the seniors. The center will be located – pending formal city action – in the existing Alexandria City Park Department building near Garden Center.

1971, 50 years ago: A new system of processing driver’s licenses, as well as a new type of license to be issued, began on Dec. 27. Major changes in the process are increased cost, a colored picture that will now be on the license, and a special license that can be issued to people who do not wish to drive but want the license for identification. When a person applies for a license, the color picture will be taken. Another new procedure will be the administering of an eye test. Should the person not pass the eye test he has a specified period of time to get the problem corrected and certify that it is corrected to the State of Minnesota.

Duane Sheldon, the area conservation officer, reported that there is some trouble with dog packs chasing deer. “We’ve only had one kill so far - but we’ve had reports of deer chasing in the Nelson, Miltona, Brandon and Lake Vermont areas. I hope the owners will watch their animals.” Sheldon said the packs usually consist of two dogs.

1981, 40 years ago: Continental Custom Bridge Co. has expanded its plant capacity in recent months with a 120-by-60-foot addition to its manufacturing facility. The addition houses two crane bays and a recoverable shot-blasting area for cleaning steel. Also constructed was a new office building. Continental’s original office, buildings and land have been sold. The new buildings are at Carlos Corners on Highway 29 north of Alexandria, and are financed through the Alexandria-Douglas County Developers.

1996, 25 years ago: According to new Alexandria Area Arts Association manager Bob Farrell, the theatre board has approved several project proposals for the upcoming year. The first is renovating the lobby areas. There are currently two separate lobbies, although only one is in use. Audience members enter the larger of the two lobbies and walk to the right around a large oval concession stand to get to the theatre doors. The second lobby is located to the left of the concession stand. This is also the current location of the bathrooms. The planned renovation includes replacing the old concession stand and ticket booth with one, long counter along the left wall.


2011, 10 years ago: Bars in Alexandria will soon have the option of serving alcohol until 2 a.m. – one hour later than they have been allowed to in the past. The Alexandria City Council voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance letting bars apply for a later last call license through the state. The ordinance takes effect as soon as it is published, which will be Dec. 30. The last step is for bars to obtain the state license, which could happen in time for the New Year’s Eve weekend. Two businesses, Bug-a-Boo Bay and Garden Center Lanes, requested the ordinance, saying it will allow them to compete with other cities in the area.

Just For Fun, 1971 – 50 years ago: Now showing at the Andria’s Saturday and Sunday 2 o’clock kiddie matinee: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – it’s scrumdidilymptious! All seats 75 cents.

Sunday Brunch at Arrowwood – Adults: $2.95 and Children: $1.50 – All you can eat!

Sports Trivia, 1981 – 40 years ago: Todd Elmer of Evansville placed fourth in the recent Sport Five Snocross race held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds during the Super Seer Holiday Spectacular. Elmer has switched from the SnoPro competition to snocross racing this season and pilots a Polaris.

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

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