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From the Echo Press archives, 1912: Miltona gets two-room schoolhouse with basement

This week in history in Douglas County.

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This Week in 1962 – 60 years ago: Beginning Dec. 1, KCMT-TV Channel 7 has become a satellite station of Midwest Communications WCCO-TV and has been renamed KCCO-TV.

1947, 75 years ago: This year’s Christmas decorations are to be different from those of the past years. Instead of having decorations overhanging the streets, each lamp will be decorated to resemble an individual Christmas tree including lights. The cost of overhanging lights is prohibitive and as long as there is a shortage of power and the number of Christmas lights that can be used is limited, the chamber of commerce decided to try this new method of decorating the downtown area.

1972, 50 years ago: A new front connecting two stores which now comprise Hardware Hank was installed. The bright red roof has tall letters spelling the store name and will soon have a Hardware Hank statue mounted on it. Owner Glade Phelps has been undergoing a remodeling and expansion program after purchasing the building next to his, removing most of the connecting wall and turning the two stores into one.

The Alexandria Scrollers, the official welcoming committee of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, paid a visit to LaGrand Vista Enterprises. Pictured is Gordon Diekman of the Chamber, with owners Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Larson. The firm is a hydroponic garden, currently raising
tomatoes.

At least five Alexandria merchants got stung when a slick bogus check writer waltzed through town. Alexandria police have several leads on the man who cashed at least five payroll checks totaling nearly $500.

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1997, 25 years ago: Cedar Rose and Inn Bed and Breakfast of Alexandria has been honored with the designation Quality Assurance from the Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Guild. The award was given to B&Bs who participate in a program which strives to ensure guests that they will meet or exceed the level of excellence set by the Guild. The Guild represents 165 B&Bs and historic inns across the state.

Area snowmobile trails are not ready for use. The legal date for trails to open is Dec. 1 this year, but according to Bill Anderson, trail manager for the Douglas County Trails Association (D.A.T.A.), the only trail that would be ready soon is the Central Lakes Trail near Alexandria. But even that trail, which was constructed on an abandoned railway bed, still won’t have sufficient snow to be open.

Former Alexandrian John (Perkins) Hawkes will guest star on the situation comedy, “Naked Truth,” on CBS. Perkins, who chose John Hawkes as his acting name, is a 1977 graduate of Jefferson High School. He has played dozens of roles in movies, television and on the stage.

Just for fun, 1912 – 110 years ago: The new two-story schoolhouse with a basement in Miltona is the first of its kind in the area. There are two rooms on each floor and it was built for $5,200. Students will be hauled to school in a new rig. Kensington students are attending classes in their new school even though the basement and plumbing work is not complete.

Sports Trivia, 1972 – 50 years ago: Lee Foshaug of Alexandria won $1,658 as he drove his sled to first place in each heat and finals as one of the four team racers from North Central Sno Jet who won the Mod 1 and Mod 2 races on his 292 Thunder Jet at the Smokey Bear Snowmobile Race in International Falls. To top the day off Lee was high point man and he walked off with the Top Driver Award for his point total. It was the first big United States Snowmobile Association race of the season and Foshaug had only ridden his sled in a ditch before heading for International Falls.

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

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This week in history in Douglas County.
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This week in history in Douglas County.