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1993: Minor earthquake shakes west-central Minnesota

1918, 100 years ago: A nearly fatal accident happened to Victor Alm, storekeeper at Rose Corners. While going to Carlos with a team of mules after a load of freight, it seems the tongue of the wagon came down and the team ran away, throwing him out in the road. He lay unconscious on the road until John Larson came along and picked him up and carried him to Ignatz Fosters. The team was stopped near the Belle River store. Alm is improving from a fracture of shoulder blades, some ribs and bad bruises.

The Nonpartisan League picnic held north of Osakis was a remarkable affair. Even the opposition must admit it was a success though they try to minimize it and report only about half the actual number present.

1968, 50 years ago: Alexandria will host the Minnesota Flying Farmers as they hold a fly-in. They will be welcomed by Harold Chandler, airport manager and the women Flying Farmers of the Morris area. The Flying Farmers will be featured on the Welcome Inn show on KCMT-TV, visit the Runestone Museum and tour the Bellanca Aircraft company.

The 1968 Dairy Princess of Douglas County is Romel Hokanson of Evansville. Her parents, the Lloyd Hokanson's, have a 240-acre farm with the land devoted to dairying and general purposes. Her attendants are Vivian Kloehn of Garfield and Valdene Krafthefer of Farwell.

About 2,000 square dancers will swing into Alexandria when the Minnesota State Square Dance convention is held at the Jefferson High School. The Alexandria Round Squares are the hosts for the convention.

1993, 25 years ago: Douglas County residents might have felt the ground shake when an earthquake, described by experts as minor, shook the eastern Dakotas and west-central Minnesota. The epicenter was 10 miles southeast of Wheaton, or about 45 miles from Alexandria. It measured 4.1 on the Richter scale and was the fifth biggest quake to hit Minnesota in 133 years, the first felt here in 20 years.

The Minnesota State Department of Health gave the Alexandria clinic a special grant award, enough money to administer up to 50 free tests for the HIV virus. At most clinics, an HIV test can cost up to $100 or more.

The old bridge on North Nokomis Street in Alexandria will come tumbling down next spring as a prelude to a MnDOT plan to ease area traffic problems by using the abandoned Otter Tail Valley Railroad corridor.

2008, 10 years ago: Lakes Building Corporation bought 10 acres of land just west of Osakis to build a new facility for Lakes Area Charter School. The $1.8 million project includes eight classrooms, offices, a kitchen, commons and fallout shelter. Since a charter school can't own a building, the 501 c(3) corporation formed and will lease the site to the school.

"Dining Around Douglas," an Alexandria Area YMCA fundraising event, raised more than $4,000 for scholarship programs. Sixteen of the area's best restaurants donated their time, food samples and wine.

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union's full-service Alexandria branch is now open at its new location, 405 50th Ave. W.

Just for fun 1968 — 50 years ago: Erc Aga noted in his Potpourri column: "The last money of our 1958 Centennial has now been spent ... and it goes to the fund to buy the Kensington Runestone farm, which will soon be a new state monument."

Sports Trivia 1968 — 50 years ago: Coach "Bun" Fischer will have six thinclads run in the state meet: Mike Karnis, Dave Nord, Chuck Thompson, Terry Olson, Al Hansen and Mike Gesell.

2008 — 10 years ago: Alexandria's senior, Gordy Diekman, finished his high school career as the State Class AAA runner-up during the State Class AAA golf meet, leading the Cardinal boys' team to a fifth place finish.

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