Observations from the archives, 1964: Park Region Publishing hosts governor
1914, 100 years ago: Learn dressmaking where you are taught to cut all the new skirts, basques, waists for perfect fitting, etc. in a classroom over Griebenow's Store in Alexandria. Miss Emma Peterson, manager, will teach. ... Farmers! When in to...
1914, 100 years ago: Learn dressmaking where you are taught to cut all the new skirts, basques, waists for perfect fitting, etc. in a classroom over Griebenow’s Store in Alexandria. Miss Emma Peterson, manager, will teach. … Farmers! When in town put up your teams at the well-known Peterson Feed Barn. Your team will receive the best care, plenty of good hay and feed, and prompt attention will be given at all times. Livery and auto-livery. Anton Lund, proprietor, Alexandria.
1964, 50 years ago: Governor Karl Rolvaag will fly to Alexandria for the official dedication of the new quarters of the Park Region Publishing Co., publishers of the Park Region Echo. An open house for the new plant, located just south of the Armory on Broadway in Alexandria, will feature tours through the building. … Evansville village became the last municipality in Douglas County to go “wet,” when residents there voted 131 to 115 to permit licensing the sale of liquor. The wet-dry vote was one of many held in Evansville since 1948 when Douglas County voted to allow municipalities to choose between wet and dry status. … Scotch pine, Norway and white pine, spruce and balsam Christmas trees at Pete’s Super Valu are priced $1.50 and up.
1989, 25 years ago: By a 2 to 1 margin, Osakis area residents voted to support a $9.5 million school building project. A total of 936 voted in favor of the project compared to 466 who voted against it. Residents also voted to build a swimming pool, a separate issue on the ballot. The pool is expected to cost $682,000. … John Perino, general manager of Tentelino Enterprises in Alexandria, announced that a new, three screen movie complex will open in early January. Located in the Midway Mall behind Pamida, fronting South Broadway, the theaters will be equipped with the latest in projection and sound equipment, a combined total of 600 seats, and a large parking area.
2004, 10 years ago: The 55th annual Alexandria Jaycee’s Jingle Bells Telethon will be held at the Alexandria Area Arts Association and broadcast live on KSAX-KRWF Television. … Former Alexandrian and author Carla Barnhill will sign her new book, The Myth of the Perfect Mother: Rethinking the Spirituality of Women at The Mustard Seed. Barnhill is the editor of Christian Parenting Today magazine, and will also be signing her children’s book, Blessings Every Day.
Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: A simplified fishing reel has been designed and patented by Walt Leuthner of Alexandria for winter fishermen and beginners who cannot use a conventional rod and reel. The special feature of the Reelboy is controlled tension on the line at all times. Luethner’s company, Reelboy Products, plans to market the Reelboy and jigstick combination by mail order and direct sale from local merchants.
Sports Trivia – 2004, 10 years ago: Todd Hendricks, a three-sport star for Alexandria and graduate of Jefferson in 1987, has been selected for induction into the National Minor League Football Hall of Fame. He is one of 12 players nationwide to gain entry in the player category. As a senior in Alexandria, Hendricks set a state record for punt return yards in a season, which he held until 1999. He was also a standout in basketball and track. He started the Alexandria Mustangs of the Great Plains League and won the league championship in 2000. Hendricks has been head football coach at Wabasso High School the past three seasons and coaches basketball and baseball in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (ACGC) school system. He and his family live in Atwater.
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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.