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1968: St. Ann's gets new church

1918, 100 years ago: Strayed onto my place, 2 brown steers. Owner can have same by paying for this notice — J.L. Gunderson. Kensington, Minn.

Strayed onto my place in Holmes City, a dark-brown heifer, about a year and a half old. Came about August 1. Owner may have same by paying for this notice — Ole Gulbranson, Farwell, Minn.

Furnished room for school girls, electric light, hot water heat, hot and cold running water. For further information inquire at the fur store. — J.R. Hanson, Alexandria.

1968, 50 years ago: Parishioners of St. Ann's Catholic church of Brandon and their pastor, Father Leon Slominski, will celebrate the dedication of their newly constructed church. The first church for the parishioners was built in 1902 with an addition in 1918 to accommodate 23 families in the parish at that time. The new church is built mostly of split-faced red granite, with a little brick to match the rectory. It will seat 325 people.

Dr. D.W. Bongard, president of Alexandria Developers, Inc., announced that they have an option to purchase the Lloyd Larson farm located across Highway 27 from the Alexandria Airport. The farm contains 143 acres after deducting the ten acres recently purchased by the State Highway Department. The property is ideally suited for an industrial park.

1969 models of Chrysler, Plymouth and Imperial will go on display in Alexandria at Schwartzwald's. Ed Schwartzwald, owner, extends an invitation to everyone to stop in, see the new cars and have free coffee and donuts.

1993, 25 years ago: Some Douglas County people want the new junior high school to be named T.A. Erickson Junior High School. The late T.A. "Dad" Erickson of Alexandria is considered the founder of the 4-H program in Minnesota. A "names committee" is expected to choose a name as early as October.

About 50 students and school staff gathered at the flagpole in front of Jefferson Senior High in Alexandria, participating in a nation-wide prayer gathering called "See you at the Pole." Those in attendance stand in a circle, hold hands and pray for their school, country, teachers, and many other issues. They also take turns reading scriptures from the Bible.

Flashing yellow caution lights may soon be installed over a crosswalk on Nokomis Street which connects Noonan Park. The project would be similar to the lights at Sixth and Jefferson, and would be operative from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

2008, 10 years ago: Under the looming presence of Big Ole, workers prepared the parking lot at Alexandria's Big Ole/Central Park for surfacing. Lee's Construction of Alexandria is doing the $170,000 project, which includes paving work at the city street department site.

Ground was broken for the construction of "The Legacy of Alexandria," a new 116-unit apartment complex. The housing project will be constructed on a 7.3 acre parcel located at 701 34th Ave. E.

The Douglas County Hospital recently started a $31 million expansion project. Because of the expansion, the northeast entrance on Irving Street to the hospital's main parking lot has been permanently closed.

Just for fun 1968 — 50 years ago: The First National Bank in Alexandria is now employing electronic data processing to handle the bank's checking account operations and record keeping. The highly specialized data processing machinery, the new IBM 1240 Bank Data System, is being used by many major banks throughout the nation.

Sports Trivia 1993 — 25 years ago: Cadet Mikkel Thompson, a 1993 Jefferson High School graduate in Alexandria, is a member of the United States Military Academy, West Point, crew team this fall. Thompson played football for the Cardinals and was co-captain of the Redbird track team. The Army team holds practice and competition on the Hudson River, New York.

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