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1918: 'Soldier boys' get to vote

1918, 100 years ago: Arrangements have been made to let our soldier boys vote in the Minnesota election on Nov. 5. The editor of the Echo has been supplied with blanks for making application for "war ballots." Every subscriber of the Echo who has a boy in the service should come into the Echo office and make application for a "war ballot" for his boy.

For sale — 6-weeks-old pigs, $4 each. E.S. Drum, Alexandria, R. 1, Carlos Township.

1968, 50 years ago: The Park Region Echo reached a milestone in circulation this last week when its paid circulation, the first time in history, surpassed 6,500. The Echo's ABC audited circulation figure listed in the 1968 Minnesota Newspaper Association rate book is 6,378, making it the largest rural weekly newspaper in Minnesota. Last week's paid circulation totaled 6,512.

The Kinkead Cemetery Association has purchased an additional 14 acres of land from Mr. and Mrs. Russell Moundson. The property purchased is on the south side of the present Sunset Memorial Park portion of the cemetery.

Live music at "Swede's and Sally's in Garfield, featuring Gary's Trio.

1993, 25 years ago: The students of Ashby Public School have incorporated to form Ashby Arrow Enterprises, Inc., a Minnesota non-profit corporation. It will provide the students with the opportunity to independently operate student-run businesses.

Stephanie Haseltine is the new district director for the Moccasin Valley District of Northern Star Camp Fire Council, Inc. She and her husband, Steve, have moved from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada to Alexandria.

Births at the Douglas County Hospital will no longer be announced through the media because of a new infant-security policy, recommended by the hospital's insurance company and professional organizations that deal with newborns, nurseries and obstetrics. Hospital officials said they were reluctant to adopt the policy but felt they had no choice because of recommendations based on growing nationwide security concerns about possible baby


2008, 10 years ago: The Alexandria Technical College broke ground on a new $10.5 million law

enforcement center addition. It's expected to open in the summer or fall of 2009. The 58,000-square-foot facility will include a tactical warehouse for hands-on laboratories where students can sharpen their interrogation tactics, physical skills, radio dispatching, crime scene investigating and on-the-street training scenarios. It will also include an indoor firing range.

AbbeyMoor Medical, Inc. in Parkers Prairie has been named as an emerging company finalist in the Medical Technology category for the 2008 Tekne Awards. The Tekne Awards recognize Minnesota companies and individuals who have shown superior technology innovation and leadership.

Just for fun 1968 — 50 years ago: From Erc Aga's Potpourri column: "I hear we're getting a paperback book store. It's to be in the old bus depot and should be in operation soon. Another sign we're getting more citified and sophisticated. And...if you're wondering what's going on in the old State Theatre...It will soon be the home of a discount store."

2008 — 10 years ago: Back in 1967 when the Alexandria Technical College's law enforcement program started, it had just 12 students. Today, more than 450 students enroll during the year. Right now, about one-third of all Minnesota sheriffs and more than 100 Minnesota police chiefs are graduates of the ATC program.

Sports Trivia 1968 — 50 years ago: Christopherson Bait & Tackle, 309 Third Ave. E., Alexandria, was named Big Fish Headquarters in the World's Largest Fishing Contest sponsored by the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press newspapers. The Big Fish Headquarters certificate was awarded for a 9 lb., 4 oz. walleye, 30¼ inches long and 16 inches in girth, caught by E.W. Adams of Alexandria in Lake Burgen.

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