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Centennial Elementary School principal Larry Armbrust takes a ride down a slide at the playground dedicated in his honor in Scio.
Taylor Plagmann, 7, pauses during her 20-lap stint at the annual Albany Public Schools Foundation Swim-a-Lap fundraiser Saturday morning. Taylor was a second grade student at Periwinkle Elementary School.
Albany Police Department Detective Damon Struble dusts the front door of Realbertos for fingerprints Feb. 27, 2001 while investigating a robbery at the Albany restaurant.
Lebanon's Shoni Plagmann wrestles South Salem's Phillip Apodaca in the district meet at the Salem Armory. Plagmann finished third to qualify for the state meet.
Robby Whitted, 8, pulls on a rope to launch a catapult. Whitted was part of Aelfric Wolf's class that launched balls at Waverly Elementary School the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2001.
West Albany's Lauren Peters skis during competition at Hoodoo in early February 2001.
Jefferson Fire Chief Don Bemrose talks to Marion County Public works employee Jim Thompson about a 30 yard spill of Urea.
Twenty years ago Albany Democrat-Herald photographers' February coverage included documenting the first mid-valley female to reach the state wrestling tournament, West Albany's ski team competing on the slopes of Hoodoo and the opening of a new playground for Centennial Elementary students in Scio.
Other slices of life we covered in February 2001 included a campout on the steps of city hall, a catapult created by a Waverly Elementary School teacher and a swim fundraiser at the Albany Community Pool.
Today we feature Democrat Herald archive photos from February 2001. Last week we featured photos from the same month by staff at the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
These historical pieces are published along with more photos found in an accompanying online gallery. The photo essays show significant events but also depict everyday life that we covered 20 years ago.