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Column - Observations from the archives, 2003: New county jail being discussed

1913, 100 years ago: The annual convention of the W.C.T.U. of Minnesota is being held in Alexandria this week at the Congregational Church. The attendance is fine and the interest excellent. Geo. B. Safford, the Anti-Saloon League superintendent, was given an opportunity to address the convention. Visitors have secured the respect of all and are also taking notice of, and an interest in, the city. Some have engaged autos and made trips around the lake region and we note the intention of some to remain over some time at the lakes.

1963, 50 years ago: Douglas County's 4-H enrollment going into the county fair stands at 490 members from 262 families, according to County Extension agents. The total membership has set a new record high for Douglas County. This represents an increase of 14 more 4-H members over last year's record number. With a new high in 4-H enrollment, Douglas County's Extension agents expect a record number of exhibits. Two new projects were added to the 4-H list of county projects. Photography, one of the new projects, has stimulated a lot of interest among 4-H families. Automotive is also new, designed for boys and girls 14 years of age and older. In other news, football practice opens for high school gridders throughout Minnesota. Greeting the Cardinal candidates will again be a staff of coaches including Clair Morrison, Dick Greengo, John Gustafson, and head coach Charles Basch.

1988, 25 years ago: Five drivers posted two wins each last Friday night at the Runestone Raceway with Korey Krafthefer, Jason Henrichs, Shaynen Schmidt, Jason Sorenson and Greg Rosentreter leading the field of 30 contestants. Shaynen Schmidt won his heat and the trophy dash in the Junior Division. He also broke the track record in the time trials with a clocking of 10.392 seconds. Other winners in the Junior Division included Royce Roers in the heat, Jason Henrichs in the trophy and feature races while Ryan Mattocks also won a feature.

2003, 10 years ago: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has taken the first preliminary steps toward exploring a new jail in Douglas County. The board appointed two co-chairs for a task force charged with exploring options relating to the possibility of a new jail facility. The co-chairs are Bill Schalow, Douglas County coordinator, and Dennis Nagle, director of Pope/Douglas Solid Waste. Currently, at the 66-bed minimum security jail, located above the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center, about 60 beds per day are filled. That jail houses state prisoners and those from other counties, in addition to Douglas County prisoners. Douglas County Sheriff Bill Ingebrigtson urges the public to get involved in the [planning] process, since they'll ultimately pay for it.

Just for fun - 10 years ago, 2003: The Seltz family of Alexandria celebrated after Jack won the Super Senior title and Jake captured the Junior title in the 82nd annual Resorters Golf Tournament played at the Alexandria Golf Club. Jack's wife, Sue, was the runner-up for the Women's title back in 1970, and the other Seltz son, Joe, was a Men's semifinalist in 2000.

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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.