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1967: Four rolls of toilet paper cost 39 cents

1917, 100 years ago: A committee of the county commissioners met with a representative of the State Highway Commission to inspect the bridge between lakes Carlos and L'Homme Dieu. The work of filling in the dirt at the approaches will begin soon so the road will again be open for regular travel.

For Sale: Good 12-gauge double barrel shotgun. Inquire at Berglund's Pool Room.

1967, 50 years ago: Glade Phelps, owner and operator of Hardware Hank's in Alexandria, was featured in an article in the Hardware and Trade magazine. Phelps was singled out and written about because he has tripled his business in the four years he has owned the store.

Jon Haaven, news director of KCMT-TV, will accept the School Bell award at the MEA meeting at Moorhead. The purpose of the award is to give recognition to news media of the state that have made outstanding contributions in the interpretation of Minnesota education during the year.

At Martin's Grocery on Hwy. 29 North Across the Bridge: Double Size Jeno's Pizza...69c; Tuna...3 cans for 89c; Chef's Delight cheese, 2 lb. box...63c and Charmin Toilet Tissue...4 rolls...39 cents.

1992, 25 years ago: The Alexandria City Council vowed to "pursue in an aggressive manner" a plan for the annexation of urban and suburban areas in Alexandria and LeGrande Townships. Specific areas include the Caldwell Addition, Jacobson Addition and the Westwood area.

Former Alexandrian, John Hawkes, 33, will guest-star in an episode of Civil Wars on ABC-TV. John Perkins (Hawkes is his acting name) is a 1977 graduate of Jefferson High School, and also has a featured role in an upcoming episode of Northern Exposure. Hawkes lives in West Hollywood.

Kathy Albertson Sletto, a 1974 Jefferson High School graduate, will do a book-signing at the Douglas County Historical Society for her new book, "Douglas County Immigrants." Sletto, who is a fourth-generation Norwegian, tracked some 900 surnames from Douglas County using church records, obituaries, family histories and census material.

2007, 10 years ago: Lake Winona will remain a lake. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ruling comes after the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District petitioned for a use attainability analysis on the lake. If approved, the use attainability analysis would have eliminated designated lake uses, including swimming/aquatic recreation, fishing and aquatic plant life.

The Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors has chosen Dennis and Jenell Week of Evansville as the 2007 Douglas County Outstanding Conservationists.

Barb and Steve Baker of Alexandria, who formed Operation Happy Note, an organization that sends musical instruments to men and women stationed in Iraq, were featured on NBC News with Brian Williams on "Making a Difference." Barb has appeared on Fox News' "Your World" with Neil Cavuto; on Fox and Friends; and in Guideposts Magazine.

JUST FOR FUN 1967, 50 years ago: Glade Phelps of Alexandria's Hardware Hank's store said of his success story, "Advertising is the big thing. Most of the fellows I know spend 1 ½ to 2 per cent of their budget on advertising. I try to run 5-6 percent. It seems to be paying off, because we're growing faster now than ever before." He points out that he schedules about 80 percent of his advertising budget in the local newspaper, the Park Region Echo. He is always looking for new and better ways to do things. Some of his innovations in the operation of his store include piped in music, extended store hours, a quota system for store employees and special efforts in keeping store employees informed.

SPORTS TRIVIA 1992, 25 years ago: Lobster Lake near Alexandria is scheduled to be stocked with 334 muskies this month as the DNR stocks area lakes.

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