From the Echo Press archives, 1972: Alexandria gets three flights a day to Minneapolis – Alexandria Echo Press

This Week in 1997 – 25 years ago: The $500,000 expansion and remodeling project is underway at the Douglas County Hospital. The project, known as Phase I, includes a parking lot facility, a new rehabilitation entrance, and remodeling of the kidney and cardiopulmonary units. Phase II will begin next month and include creation of a radiation/oncology unit and expansion of an operating room. Together, Phase I and II projects will cost about $1.8 million. The money will come from the hospital’s capital improvements fund, which means that the taxpayers won’t bear any new burden and the hospital won’t have to take on any new debt.

1972, 50 years ago: Minnesota Valley Airlines, which serves Alexandria with one flight a day, has announced that service will be expanded to three flights a day effective Oct. 15. The increase in the number of flights means that there will morning, noon and afternoon arrivals and departures for Minneapolis. In conjunction with the expansion of service to Alexandria, MVA service will expand to Willmar and Marshall. Some flights will be non-stop and others will include one stop. Direct flights will take about 40 minutes and one-stop flights will take about an hour.

State Representative Jon Haaven called for increased emphasis on vocational-technical education as he addressed the opening session of the Minnesota Educational Conference held at Bemidji State College. Haaven is a candidate for Minnesota’s Seventh District Congressional seat, and a two-term legislator.

1997, 25 years ago: A new process at 3M’s Alexandria plant reduces the amount of scrap sent by the plant to the local landfill by approximately 15%. The process is called “J Squared.” According to manufacturing engineer Tom Hedstrom, team leader, the process identifies and removes defects early in manufacturing, reducing the amount of scrap generated in making abrasive products. 3M’s Alexandria plant is responsible for making coated abrasive products, primarily in belt, roll and disc forms.

Time Square, Located at 302 22nd Ave. W. across from K-Mart, is Alexandria’s newest restaurant and will open in mid-September. Terry Clavin will be the manager of the entire Time Square building, which includes three different food areas: Time Square Bagel; Grounds for Coffee; and Suppers on Time. Patty Sherod of Alexandria has joined Time Square as its assistant manager of Grounds for Coffee.

2012, 10 years ago: Mikko Cowdery and Chuck Wencl jazzed up the crowd at Big Ole Park in Alexandria as more than 70 residents came together to celebrate what most people are calling the city’s first public art display – The Gathering Tree. The Gathering Tree has been brought to Alexandria through the Alexandria Arts Advisory Committee, which commissioned the work through a $10,000 grant from the Lake Region Arts Council with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Just for fun, 1962 – 60 years ago: Bursch Travel and Greyhound Bus Lines are offering five economy-class trips a day to Minneapolis for $3.98, including taxes.

Also in 1962: Chef Orrin Peterson announced another first at the Viking Motel and Restaurant: Sunday buffet dinner for $1.75 (children younger than 12, $1).

Sports Trivia, 1972 – 50 years ago: Alexandria’s Viking Sportsmen will be the subject of a sports show to be seen on WTCN Television in Minneapolis this fall. The filming crew includes former Alexandrian Doug Froemming, whose father, Herb, still resides near Miltona. Doug worked at KCMT in Alexandria before heading to Interviewed for the program were Viking Sportsmen Bill Banke, Art Engelbrecht, Hilmer Peterson and Cliff Emmert. The subject of discussion was the pheasant raising and wildlife programs in Douglas County.

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

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