From the Echo Press Archives, 1997: Underdog Cards win the first-ever basketball state title – Alexandria Echo Press

This week in 1997 – 25 years ago: Headline: “Underdog Cards Win First-Ever Basketball State Title!” The Alexandria Cardinal Girls basketball team won the Minnesota State Class AAA Championship with a 52-43 win over Minneapolis North at Williams Arena. It was the eighth state championship in school history and the first-ever basketball crown for the girls. Trailing by 11 early in the game, Coach Wendy Kohler’s Cards held a 34-31 lead by the end of the third quarter and never gave up the lead thereafter. The Cards scored their last 11 points on the free throw line, freezing the heavily favored Polars out of the championship. The Cards’ stunning triumph capped a 25-3 season.

1972, 50 years ago: After a year’s absence, the drama department at St. Cloud State College is returning to its summer home near Alexandria. “We are ready to consider Theater L’Homme Dieu as an integral part of our theater program on a permanent basis,” said department head Dale Swanson in announcing the move. The theater opened in the summer of 1961 through the efforts of the Alexandria-St. Cloud State College Performing Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization. It has been the setting for more than 90 plays over 10 successful seasons.

dr FL Pearson, Chairman of the Alexandria Airport Commission, announced plans are underway for additional hangars at Alexandria Airport. The city will soon solicit building bids. The exact number of seats to be made available to aircraft owners has not yet been decided. Pearson stated that the allocation of hangars would be on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, reserve and email as soon as possible.

1997, 25 years ago: A jeweled cross, representing the importance of Christ, was placed atop the new St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria. The building’s inaugural Mass will be held on Palm Sunday, March 23rd.

organizer for Douglas County’s Habitat for Humanity are hoping to raise $40,000 to build a home. Founded last year in Douglas County, the chapter recently received its charter. Until then, the local organization was not allowed to collect donations. Habitat uses volunteers to build homes for people in need. Interest-free loans with 20-year repayment plans are offered. When the loans are repaid, the money will be used to build more houses.

2012, 10 years ago: Ten years ago the organization “Let’s Go Fishing” started with weekly fishing trips for two to three seniors. In 2011, the organization ministered to more than 18,000 people fishing with 28 chapters throughout Minnesota, including Alexandria. Volunteered by Let’s Go Fishing, the non-profit organization has a mission to enrich the lives of others and strengthen communities through fishing and boating excursions.

Just For Fun, 1947 – 75 years ago: Don L. Olson, a local high school faculty member, flew to Dayton, Ohio, where he procured approximately $15,000 in surplus Army Air Force equipment for the local school. All of these devices are provided to the school free of charge. Included are a milling machine, a precision lathe, three drill presses, two bench grinders, a band saw, multiple 16mm film cameras, small hand tools and electronics including receivers and transmitters.

Sports Trivia, 2012 – 10 years ago: The Vikingland Curling Club in Alexandria was founded in 2005 and currently has 68 members ranging in age from mid-20s to members in their 70s. The club is a non-profit group run by volunteers and supported through membership dues, fundraising events, sponsorships and donations. They ripple across four sheets of ice at the Runestone Community Center from October through early March. Membership Director is Jason Rauk.

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

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