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Published February 18, 2009, 12:00 AM

Column – 1959: Train crashes into semi loaded with butter

The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.

By: By Marge Van Gorp, Echo Press Columnist, Alexandria Echo Press

The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.


February 1909

Frank Raiter added a Cold Wave refrigerator to his meat market. It is 24-feet by 16-feet with walls 20-inches thick. It will hold 20 to 30 beeves, 20 hogs, with storage for poultry and for the curing of hams… The snow was so deep between Breckenridge and Willmar that the first train through used four engines and still had difficulty getting through… Plans for the Farmers National Bank to be built on 6th and Main show it will be 45 by 60 feet inside, with a large balcony off the second floor… Ice harvesting has been completed for the season. Terry Weatherhead put up ice for North American Storage, Wegener Brewery and Letson House, totalling 15,000 cakes weighing 400 pounds each. Each team could haul 12 cakes a load.


February 1959

Anyone who thinks fighting fires in 20-below zero weather is a warm job should take a look at the icicles on the rim of Cliff Hollingsworth’s hat while fighting a fire that destroyed the old Larson building north of the Chamber of Commerce. Lost in the fire were a new boat trailer, typewriter and several boxes of Christmas Belle benefit boxes… A train smashed into a stalled semi-truck loaded with 38,000 pounds of butter in Osakis. About 2,500 pounds of butter can be salvaged for animal feed. The truck driver, Gordon Erickson, had gone to the terminal for another tractor when the accident happened. The train’s fireman suffered facial injuries from flying metal.


February 1984

Since the United States Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of ethylene dibromide (EMB), concluding it can cause cancer and birth defects, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has pulled these products from grocery shelves: Pillsbury Plus Banana Cake Mix and Comet Brown Rice, because of traces of the carcinogen… Sara Grow and Jackie Trieschel have been named Girls’ Staters by the American Legion… Lakeview Hazelden received a $24,000 grant to establish in-patient treatment for those who cannot take off the time needed to enter treatment… A raging fire that shot flames 100 feet in the air destroyed the 100-year-old barn on the Robert Krafthefer farm. Fifteen cows and a tractor were salvaged; lost in the blaze were a silage auger, bale elevator and some tools.


February 1999

Buzzing saws, pounding hammers and whirring drills made noise in Alexandria last year after 278 building permits were issued for projects estimated to be worth $14 million… Tony Osterberg, known for his unique personality and as a person who “set the course,” died at the age of 87… Susan Hustad won the District 206 Spelling Bee and will represent Alexandria in the regional event in Fergus Falls… For the sixth straight year, the Cardinal boys swim team won the Central Lakes title, setting nine CLC records along the way… Cardinal girl skiers made history when they competed in the team’s first entrance in the Nordic ski meet. Sabrina Bruggeman finished seventh in the freestyle, thus attaining All-State honors. Shannon Becker placed 43rd among 56 skiers in the Pursuit competition.

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Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.