1971, 50 years ago: Some 170 people in about 50 planes stormed into Alexandria airport for a banquet and an overnight stay. They were members of the Minnesota Aviation Trade Association who toured the state annually. Among other things, they inspect new airport facilities and improvements. This year’s two-day tour took them to Winona, Rochester, Montevideo, Alexandria and Duluth, (in that order) before returning to St. Paul.
Fingerhut Company reported record sales and earnings for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended July 2, 1971. Net earnings for the quarter totaled $ 39,781,535, up 14%. Net income for the quarter of $ 1,849,726, or 59 cents per share, was 26% higher than the $ 1,466,560, or 47 cents per share, earned in the same period a year ago.
1996, 25 years ago: Jerry Kostreba, director of the Brandon Ag Service, said this year’s wheat crop is the best he has ever seen in Douglas County. Even though the summer was dry, it turned out to be ideal for growing wheat. Most farmers had wheat yields of about 50 bushels per acre compared to 30 to 35 bushels in most years. So far, Brandon’s elevator has taken 140,000 bushels of wheat, which are sold to distributors in the Twin Cities. Wheat currently sells for $ 4.20 a bushel, 40 cents less than just three weeks ago. According to Douglas County Extension Officer Larry Zilliox, the varying rainfall this summer has caused a poor to very good corn and soybean quality range. Farmers will begin harvesting corn for silage, with the abundance of corn silage making up for the shortage of hay.
The preliminary tax deduction for the Alexandria School District, if approved, it will increase by 6.9% for taxes payable in 1997. A tax truth hearing is scheduled for December, when the public will have an opportunity to comment the tax.
2011, 10 years ago: Sun-Opta in Alexandria organized a tour of its factory and met with a Chinese trading group, hoping to establish a relationship and encourage imports to China. Sun-Opta’s Alexandria plant produces organic drinks, including soy milk, under several labels like Trader Joe’s, Rice Dream, West Soy, Tazo Chai and Kirkland. They even recently developed a new product based on sunflower milk. Soybeans are Minnesota’s most important exported value crop, said Jessica Dornink, regional communications specialist for Minnesota soybeans. “Every fourth row of soybeans from Minnesota is exported,” she said.
Just for fun 1971 – 50 years ago: Dance at Hav-A-Zweig Café in Miltona, Saturday September 18th. Old and new music by Mike and the Blueblazers from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. “AIR CONDITIONED”
Sports Trivia 1971 – 50 years ago: Ron Lanners propelled the Brandon Warriors to a 44-6 victory over Tintah in a non-conference battle by running for three touchdowns, passing for one, then getting into the reception by grabbing a pass from his brother Greg and running. 60 meters pay dirt. He was named offensive player of the match by his coach for his hard work. The Warrior offense has racked up 352 yards on 52 offensive plays compared to Tintah’s 131 total yards.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular columnist for the Echo Press Opinion page.