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1917: Would you pay to watch a debate?

1917, 100 years ago: The subject for the debate between the Elbow Lake and Alexandria high schools will be "Resolved, that the several states should pass schedules of minimum wages, constitutionality conceded." This is the first debate in the contest for the championship in this district. Admission is 25 cents.

Frank R. Johnson, who has been with the Letson House for several years, leaves for the west. He expects to spend most of the winter in California and will return in the spring.

1967, 50 years ago: Ground was broken for a 17-unit apartment building on the southeast corner of Cedar and Eighth Ave. The new all-modern building will be of brick construction, sound-proofed, air-conditioned and will have a parking lot. The apartments will be one-bedroom units for employed persons and will rent for $135 to $150 a month.

In a hotly contested vote, the Village of Nelson voted to permit the sale of liquor on Sundays in restaurants. The day-long voting hours brought forth 40 people in favor and 39 people opposed.

A guest of the Jon Haaven family and of KCMT-TV is Mohamed Mohamed Hatimy, news editor for the Voice of Kenya in Nairobi. Hatimy is in this country on a fellowship to the World Press Institute at Macalester College.

1992, 25 years ago: The Alexandria lakes area contains 62 manufacturing plants. Only two counties in the state's 22-county "Northwest Region" have more — Otter Tail with 87 and Beltrami with 65. Douglas Machines heads the list of major industrial employers in the county with 391 workers. Others in the top five include 3M with 318, Fingerhut Manufacturing with 175, Alexandria Extrusion with 160 and Henry's Foods with 125.

A project to build a two-story 24-unit condominium for the elderly has been referred back to the Alexandria Planning Commission. Dick Enstad and Kevin Mahoney want to build the condominium at 509 Sixth Ave. West in Alexandria, and would be operated in the same manner as the Senator and Galaxy condos. Occupants must be at least 55 years old and each would own their own unit.

2007, 10 years ago: The Douglas County Special Weapons and Tactics Team conducted a critical incident response drill at Alexandria Technical College, which involved a "student shooter." The drill filled a requirement of the state for the college.

The Alexandria Rotary Club and Alexandria District 206 hosted a day-long retreat for 5th grade students that focused on the value of kindness and the effect of bullying. Youth Frontiers, Inc. of Minneapolis presented the retreat for students at Lincoln, Miltona, Carlos, St. Mary's, Zion and New Testament elementary schools.

JUST FOR FUN 1917, 100 years ago: Lost — a red automobile glove on the streets of Alexandria. Finder please leave at the Echo office. Fred Harris, Alexandria, Minn.

1967, 50 years ago: The Theatre L'Homme Dieu cookbooks will be ready for Christmas giving. The cookbook, which has been prepared by the Theatre Go-ers, is in its final stages of printing and will be in Minneapolis to be bound. Any profit made from the books to be sold at $3 each, will go toward scholarships and improvements at Theatre L'Homme Dieu.

SPORTS TRIVIA 1992, 25 years ago: Bruce Johnson, Dave Kjos, Harold Meissner and Jim Meissner of the Runestone Officials Association of Alexandria worked the Class Nine-Man championship game during Prep Bowl XI at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Also in 1992, 25 years ago: Angie Converse of Alexandria was one of three North Dakota State University volleyball players attaining All-North Central Conference honors. Jenny Jackson of Alexandria, a freshman middle blocker at Ohio State, was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in a vote by the volleyball league coaches.

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

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