From the Echo Press archives, 1932: Alexandria's first airplane hangar can hold 3 planes

This week in history in Douglas County.

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This Week in 1982 – 40 years ago: Hundreds of people came to view Douglas County Hospital’s new surgical and pediatric ward at an open house. Located on the third floor of the hospital, the 58-bed facility was designed to maximize decentralized and primary nursing care, according to Verna Pauley, director of nursing. Since 1973, when the new hospital addition was built, the third floor had been used as a storage area. The need for more patient care space has grown as the number of physicians at the hospital has grown from 15 to 34, with more specialists now serving the area. Patient admissions, surgical procedures, X-ray examinations, and births at the hospital have all increased markedly since 1973.

1932, 90 years ago: Alexandria now has not only a field for airplanes to land safely, but it has a place to shelter them as well. With the virtual completion of the new hangar at the Alexandria airport two miles south of the city on the Holmes City road, facilities at the field are greatly increased. There is room inside the hangar for three medium-sized planes at one time.

1972, 50 years ago: As of Sept. 11, approximately 6,800 tons of concrete have been poured during construction of the addition to the Douglas County Hospital. The addition will connect to the current hospital building. Work is about 20% completed on the three-story structure.

Viking Plaza shopping center has been sold to a Fargo man, according to Plaza Manager Bud Peterson. According to Peterson, the sale was made by the shopping center owner, Frontier Enterprises, to Hugo Olson. Peterson said that Olson has definite plans to complete rental of the facility which now houses nine businesses. There are three remaining spaces for retail outlets. Olson also plans expansion of the shopping center in spring 1973. Frontier Enterprises is a corporation comprised of local businessmen.

1997, 25 years ago: Chrysler Corporation, in cooperation with Juettner Motors in Alexandria, has donated a 1996 Chrysler Sebring JXI convertible to the Alexandria Technical College. The car will be used by the Automotive Diagnostic Technician program for students to augment their advanced training in Chrysler’s electronic systems.


2012, 10 years ago: State Bank and Trust has added the name Bell to its familiar name and trees logo, re-branding the Fargo-based, independently owned bank as Bell State Bank and Trust. Bell State Bank and Trust Alexandria is downtown at 1001 Broadway, and Jeff Rostad is president.

Just for fun, 1957 – 65 years ago: At the start of the 1957-58 County Homemakers program, County Home Agent Irene Peterson announced that this year, there were 400 women in 36 groups taking part in the program.

Also in 1957: Pederson Lockers of Alexandria was honored when one of its hams, entered in the National Ham Show at the International Convention of Locker and Freezer Provisioners, won second place in the Light Commercial Cure Class. The local locker plant’s ham was entered in competition against hams from frozen food locker plants all over the United States. M.G. Pederson, owner, was presented with a ribbon award.

Sports Trivia, 1972 – 50 years ago: State football champions will be named in each of five classifications – AA, A, B, C and Nine Man. The four top teams, based on their rating average, will play semi-final games on Nov. 10 or 11 at sites to be announced after the teams have been selected. Ticket procedures for the high school championships have been established by the Minnesota State High School League.

Area hunters are anxiously awaiting the opening of the 1972 duck and goose season. The 50-day duck season is one of the longest in recent years, and many experts predict the waterfowl population will show a marked increase this year.

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

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