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Observations from the archives, 2004: Mental health facility to be built in Alexandria

1914, 100 years ago: The Brandon Local Union of Farmers Society of Equity is continually shipping stock and produce for farmers and bringing them full market price. They have already shipped 15 carloads of stock amounting to $20,000.This union is...

1914, 100 years ago: The Brandon Local Union of Farmers Society of Equity is continually shipping stock and produce for farmers and bringing them full market price. They have already shipped 15 carloads of stock amounting to $20,000.This union is going to order a shipment of salt, sugar and coffee the first part of January and parties that are in need of any of the above articles should place their orders early. For prices, call on C.J. Newhouse, secretary and manager. … A number of farmers met for a public meeting to voice their point of view on matters pertaining to the road questions, an agricultural agent and marketing of their products. They met at the Howard Theatre in Alexandria.
1964, 50 years ago: The State Highway Department announced that Interstate 94, the freeway through Minnesota, will be completed in Douglas County by 1967. In Sunday’s Minneapolis Tribune, it was revealed that the 904.9 mile freeway through Minnesota will cost $1 billion and will be 100 percent complete by the end of 1972. The freeway is being built with 90 percent federal funds and 10 percent state funds. … According to a national survey, there are now more cars in the local area, per 100 families, than there are in most communities in the United States.

1989, 25 years ago: The Jingle Bells Telethon, sponsored by the Alexandria Jaycees, raised $26,500, just short of the $28,000 goal, but enough to help more than 700 needy families. The telethon was broadcast on KCCO-TV, lasting more than four hours, until 2:45 a.m. according to Jingle Bells Chairman Elroy Frank. … Josie Heegaard, special friend and advocate for District 206 Special Education, was honored by students and staff for the more than 15 years of her giving of time and talents for the Secondary Developmentally Disabled Program located at Central Junior High. Contributions that Josie has made include volunteering time as a swimming instructor and offering help with Special Olympics activities.
2004, 10 years ago: Local author Mark Odland will be reading poetry and signing books at Bookworld, located in the Viking Plaza. His recently published book, The Collapse of Time - Spiritual Poems, will be for sale at this time. … As part of its Safety Net Redesign Plan and Mental Health Initiatives, the state of Minnesota plans to build and operate a new mental health facility within the city limits of Alexandria. The 16-bed hospital will provide short-term acute psychiatric care, similar to the center at the St. Cloud Hospital, said Mike Woods, director of Douglas County Social Services.
Just for fun – 1964, 50 years ago: Erc Aga wrote in his Potpourri column: “Our Lions Club is going great guns with their teenage hops out at the Algon. The last one attracted 730 young people who had a ball…and without incident…matter of fact, I’m told there were only two girls who showed up in slacks…and every boy was suitably dressed. Who says they’re all delinquents?”
Sports Trivia – 2004, 10 years ago: Longtime Alexandria resident Jon Haaven has been named to the University of North Dakota’s “All-Century Basketball Team.” He was among 20 players selected in honor of the 100th season of men’s basketball. Haaven, who led East Grand Forks to the Minnesota State High School Tournament in 1951 and was chosen as a member of the All-State team that year, is UND’s seventh all-time leading scorer with 1,634 points, averaging 23.3 points per game in his final two seasons. His nickname was “The Touch.”
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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.

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