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1968: Crowds expected for new 130-cow dairy

1918, 100 years ago: The Douglas County teachers institute will be held in the Alexandria high school auditorium. Instructors will be Miss Wescott of Minneapolis and Miss Osborn of Moorhead normal. There will be several lecturers, among them being Mr. Brown, president of the St. Cloud normal, who will speak on arithmetic, and Dr. Uhlrich, who represents the state board of health, will speak on Sex Hygiene.

Strayed - from Brandon stockyards, one brown calf, brand XIX. Finder notify Farmers' Equity, Brandon, Minn.

1968, 50 years ago: More than 2,000 people are expected for the opening of one of the most modern farms in five states. The Reece Lund and David Klukken families, located southwest of Brandon on County Hwy 15, have a 600-acre dairy operation with a herd of 130 cows.

The courthouse in Alexandria will get a freshening up, starting this week, in accordance with an agreement made by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Nash Perrine, painter from Detroit Lakes, has been employed to paint all the upper trim, etc., on the building, furnishing labor and material at a cost of $2,200.

Alexandria was one of 46 cities in Minnesota this year honored by the American Automobile Association (AAA) for outstanding pedestrian safety achievements in 1967. This award is the 15th for Alexandria in the last 23 years.

1993, 25 years ago: The Rural Electrification Administration approved a $2.85 million low-interest loan for Rural Electric Association (REA) of Alexandria. According to Rick Banke, REA general manager, the electric utility will also receive a $1.2 million loan from the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. The money will be used to reconstruct 33 miles of distribution lines.

Jennie Lake, in Evansville Township in western Douglas County, will remain a waterfowl refuge for at least the next five years. The land around the 330-acre lake, approximately 840 acres, will remain posted and closed to waterfowl hunting through the 1997 waterfowl season.

Viking Coca-Cola's $500,000 project to build a 12,000 square-foot building broke ground at its new location in Alexandria's Industrial Park. The one-level building will serve as a warehouse for delivery, sales and service, according to Joe Faber, president and general manager of Viking Coca-Cola and Versa-Vend Vending.

2008, 10 years ago: Landscape artist Stephen Henning, of Evansville, has been unanimously juried into signature status in the Oil Pastel Society, an association of international artists who work in that medium. Signature status is an honor to artists for maintaining a high level of excellence in terms of creativity and professional accomplishments.

The Alexandria Area YMCA board of directors has decided to delay groundbreaking on their proposed 56,000 square foot facility until the "Complete the Dream" campaign goal of $8,885,000 has been met. To date, $6.99 million has been pledged to help build the proposed facility.

Just for fun 1993 — 25 years ago: "Kennedy Middle School" is the top choice among 5th-9th grade students who were polled in an effort to name the $15.8 million school under construction. The Central Junior High School staff prefers "Northwood Middle School." Both the student group and the staffers cited "Odyssey Middle School" as a good name.

Sports Trivia 1968 — 50 years ago: The Alexandria Cardinals and the Breckenridge Cowboys battled each other for 48 bruising minutes last Friday afternoon on the gridiron and ended as they had started 0-0. It was the second tie of the season for the Cardinals and both have come against non-conference opposition. They have won three straight West Central games.

2008 — 10 years ago: After seven years of reaching the state tournament, Evansville's Janet Larson pitched her way to the top, capturing first in the Women's Championship Division at the Minnesota Gopher State Horseshoe Pitchers Association tournament in Genola.

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