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Nominations sought for ALEX150 exhibit

The Douglas County Historical Society and the Douglas County Friends of the Library encourage you to enter your nominations of the people, places and events that have shaped Alexandria the past 150 years.

As part of the 2008 Sesquicentennial celebration, the contest is open to anyone who wishes to nominate a person, group of people, landmark or place, an example of progress, or anything that has helped shape Alexandria from 1858 to 2008.

The ALEX150 contest will give every entrant an opportunity to decide what most has influenced the area. People, places, ideas, events from the surrounding area may be included in a nomination as long as it has influenced the history of Alexandria.

Maybe your nomination is an Alexandria landmark, or an athlete, event, business or person who has made an impact on local history. Maybe it's an annual or one-time event. Maybe it was a group of people who made history. Your nomination could be something from the 1800s or the 1950s or as recent as 2008.

The idea for the contest was taken from the MN150 contest, currently on display at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Entries for that contest include people like Verne Gagne and Sinclair Lewis, places like Itasca State Park, events like the Minnesota State Fair and the Olympic Hockey Team of 1980, to name a few.

Individuals can enter as many nominations as they wish, using no more than 150 words for each nomination, to explain its importance to Alexandria history.

Nominations should be sent to the Douglas County Historical Society, 1219 Nokomis Street, Alexandria, MN 56308 or e-mailed to There is no registration form or fee; just send in your nomination along with your name, address and email address. Deadline for all nominations is March 31.

A panel of five judges from the Douglas County Historical Society and Friends of the Library board of directors will determine the top 150 entries.

Nominators will be personally acknowledged for their nominations and a display will be created (as space and logistics allow) in a traveling display to be unveiled at the Douglas County Public Library during Minnesota's Constitution Week, May 11-17.

Commemorative awards will be given to all nominators during ALEX150's celebration this summer.