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Observations from the archives

Identifying girls and women in the news. Do you see the difference?

1963, 50 years ago: Mrs. John Stone was elected president of the Newcomers' Club meeting held at the Legion Clubroom. Mrs. Dale Ellison was chosen vice president; Mrs. Richard Pederson, secretary and Mrs. Ronald Steen, treasurer. The newest Newcomer, Mrs. Kenneth Herrington, received the gift from Engstrom's. Outgoing members include Mmes. Norman Kluver, James Krassas and Al Vogel.

2003, 10 years ago: From Larry Holverson's Echo Press sports column, Karen Siira, former Brandon-Evansville athlete and graduate, played just three minutes for the University of Crookston Eagles and recorded a steal. Lindsay Hartman of Alexandria had four points for MSU Moorhead Dragons last Saturday in a 72-52 NSIC loss at Wayne State, NE. Kristi Kirsch of Alexandria is a senior member of the MSU Dragon softball team as an outfielder. Lindsay Skramstad of Alexandria carded a two-day stroke total of 212 for the Lipscomb University women's golf team at the Henry Griffiths Southern Shootout at the Greystone Golf Club in Birmingham, AL. Skramstad is a freshman for the Lady Bison golf team.

In 1903 there was a need for tenement housing in Alexandria with only one house available for rent. It was observed that "if more housing was built, many of the traveling men would live here rather than commute from Minneapolis.

1913, 100 years ago: After the Raiter Brothers Shoe Store was lost to fire, Christopher Raiter announced that the store would be reconstructed. A temporary store would open in the former post office building near the Letson House. At the time of the fire, the store had a stock of about $15,000 and $7,000 insurance. A stalwart citizen of early Douglas County history, Raiter came to Alexandria in 1869 as a penniless 20-year-old. He was born in Prussia (East Germany).

And finally... by 1988, 25 years ago: Alexandria officials have been notified that the city has earned Star City status. In learning how to "sell" the city to potential business and industry, leaders found through discussions with other communities around the state that obtaining Star City status was an excellent way of evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the city. Aspects of the city studied included history, population, available housing, existing business and industry, recreational and entertainment possibilities, utility costs, schools, tax structures, health care, in addition to many "fun facts." Information about the city was compiled by the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission, a hybrid organization of the Alexandria-Douglas County Development Association, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, and other community leaders. An information packet was produced on a computer-printing process by Alexandria Technical Institute students and personnel.

Just for fun: 25 years ago - In the March 11, 1988 issue of the Lake Region Press, Kathryn Lee, daughter of Erc Aga, wrote her dad's column, observing, "how about the hairdresser...the most powerful person in a woman's life. Usually I'm mashed potatoes when they ask what I want done. 'I don't care. Something nice.' This time I'm going to be assertive and detail the look I'm after. No more post-beauty shop hysterics for me. So when the procedure is complete and I'm asked, 'Is this what you meant?', why do I respond, 'Looks good!' as I run to my car and a hair brush."

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