Also in 1961 – 60 years ago: Andria theater moviegoers were the first to catch a glimpse of a new, unnamed film. Produced by John Ford, it is apparently based on a story from the Saturday Evening Post that shocked the nation. The film was presented as a bonus to those who paid entry to see “Gidget Goes Hawaiian”. “Dondi” appeared at the State Theater.

1971, 50 years ago: A complete power outage occurred in Alexandria and lasted about 10 minutes. According to James Rudd of Alexandria Light and Power, the outage was apparently caused when a sudden drop in voltage on the lines bringing the Bureau of Reclamation Power to the city caused a relay to drop. At the time, the city was generating around 35% of its total electricity needs and the sudden load was too much for the only generator running and caused the blackout.

The Douglas County Action Center announced the formation of the Unabridged Combined Shadow Shows and the Cross Continental West Central Pandemonium Theater Company II or West Central Pandemonium Players. The theater company will travel through a five-county region that includes Douglas, Grant, Stevens, Big Stone and Traverse counties. The theater company will be made up of high school students from Barrett, Evansville, Morris, Alexandria and Elbow Lake.

1996, 25 years ago: Local HAM radio operators had a field day to communicate from afar on a nationwide broadcast. The Runestone Radio Club Field Day is an annual event where radio operators test their emergency preparedness skills and abilities. For 24 hours straight, HAM radio operators in front of the avionics building of the Alexandria Region Technical Institute contacted their counterparts across the country via voice and Morse code. HAM radio operators are often the only possible communication link in the event of natural or man-made disasters that can destroy other types of communication systems.

Some of the movies “Mission Impossible” with Tom Cruise, “Phenomenon” with John Travolta and “The Rock” with Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage are playing at Cinema 7 at Midway Mall in Alexandria. Morning tickets are $ 3.

2011, 10 years ago: Tracy Anderson of Kensington did something that no one has ever done in Minnesota. His painting, titled “Into the Shadows,” won all four awards available at the Artists of Minnesota Spring Show. Anderson’s Art took top honors for 1st Place, Best Performing, Audience Choice and Membership Choice.

Nineteen brass bands and nearly 1,500 musicians drew a crowd of nearly 15,000 to Alexandria for the Vikingland Band Festival.

Douglas County Commissioners approved major road works in Evansville, Carlos and Millerville – reconstruction and repair projects are expected to cost nearly $ 1 million.

Just for fun – 1971 – 50 years ago: The inauguration of the new U.S. Postal Service on July 1 will be celebrated in Washington, DC, and at post offices nationwide. Locally, visitors to the post office will receive a souvenir envelope printed with the old and new post office badges. This envelope will also be available in limited numbers as a first day postmark – for the price of an 8-cent stamp only.

Sport quiz 1996 – 25 years ago: Former Alexandria athlete and graduate Loreena Anderson has been appointed head coach of women’s athletics at Hamline University. Anderson was an All-American javelin thrower at University in 1984 and also the Big Ten champion in addition to being an Olympic Trials qualifier that same year. While in high school as a cardinal, she qualified for state competitions.

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