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From the Echo Press archives, 1997: November election draws few voters

This week in history in Douglas County.

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This Week in 1997 – 25 years ago: Voter turnout for the Nov. 4 election was sparse in Alexandria. Only about 5% of the registered voters participated, according to the final ballot count presented by City Administrator Jim Taddei to the Alexandria City Council. Of the 4,083 voters registered in the city, only 216 cast ballots. A total of 20 new voters registered on Election Day. The low turnout, of course, can be attributed to the fact that all three council members up for election were running unopposed. Mayor John Perino, Ward III council member Harvey Weisel and Ward V council member Bobbie Osterberg were easily elected. They will all serve three-year terms.

1982 – 40 years ago: Workmen put finishing touches on a new chairlift at Andes Tower Hills ski area north of Kensington. Owners of the ski hill not only added the chairlift to its facilities, but two more ski runs as well. Weather permitting, the ski area may be open by the end of November.

1972, 50 years ago: Sandy’s Restaurant at 406 Third Avenue East has opened its doors. Sandy’s is part of Sandy’s System Fast Food Service headquartered in Kewanee, Illinois. There are currently more than 200 Sandy’s nationwide with more opening every month. Ray Voit, Sandy’s manager, said Alexandria was chosen for this new site because of its tremendous growth potential.

Mention “Odyssey” and one thinks of the future, and now another kind of Odyssey has emerged from the electronic world. Odyssey is what is known as an electronic game simulator that brings people the excitement of not only watching sports but participating in them as well through the use of a regular television set. This electronic marvel of sorts is manufactured by Magnavox Corporation and has just been put on the market. Odyssey is, in scientific terms, a battery-powered, closed-circuit broadcaster that projects moveable squares of light on the screen.

1997, 25 years ago: Alexandria Technical College Diesel Mechanics Instructor Randy Goeke is the first person in North America to receive certification in Caterpillar engine repair while being employed through a technical college. According to Goeke, the six-week course that he took to receive the certificate is usually only offered to Caterpillar dealers. Goeke was allowed to attend because the Ziegler dealer in Minneapolis feels strongly that it is important to have up-to-date instructors on the new engines.

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2012, 10 years ago: Actor John Hawkes, born and raised in Alexandria, is once again receiving critical acclaim for his latest movie “Sessions” — much to the delight of his mother, Pat Perkins of Alexandria. In “The Sessions,” a true story, Hawkes plays Mark O’Brien, a journalist and polio survivor who decides that at 38, he wants to lose his virginity, even though he is confined to life in an iron lung. Hawkes is also starring in “Lincoln” where Hawkes plays Robert Latham, who served as captain of Company B of the 2nd West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Union Army.

Just for fun, 1947 – 75 years ago: Miss Audrey Tollefson, Queen of the Alexandria Water Carnival of last summer, was named the University of Minnesota Homecoming Queen. As “U” Homecoming Queen she will reign at festivities slated for Friday and Saturday at the University. Miss Tollefson is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and is a sophomore. Miss Tollefson was sponsored by Beta Theta Phi fraternity of which Kenneth Tessmer of this city is a member.

Sports Trivia, 1972 – 50 years ago: For the first time in the event’s history, Alexandria will be one of the overnight stops during the annual International 500 Snowmobile race that will be held during the St. Paul Winter Carnival. The Alexandria stop is scheduled for Jan. 25.

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.
The following is an opinion column written by an Echo Press editorial staff member. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press.
This week in history in Douglas County.
This week in history in Douglas County.