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Observations from the archives, 1914: Millinery hat sale for middle aged, elderly

1914, 100 years ago: Members of the Minnesota Highway Association reported that concrete roads are not a dream, though the cost will be nearly $700,000 through this county. … Attention farmers: When in town, put up your teams at the well-known Peterson Feed Barn. Your team will receive the best of care, plenty of good hay and feed, and prompt attention will be given at all times. Anton Lund, proprietor, Alexandria. … Sale of hats at the millinery of Miss Selma Kronberg: The hats offered are mostly for middle aged and elderly women.

1964, 50 years ago: The Weisel Well Drilling Co. of Alexandria is now drilling the well for the Victoria Heights water supply. A water distribution system will be installed this summer. … Opinions concerning a proposal to urge establishment of a Youth Development (Jobs Corps) camp at Carlos State Park was divided at the Alexandria Community Council. Many details of the program are not yet known because the legislation has not yet been considered or passed by Congress. It is expected that the Job Corps bill will be introduced this summer, that it will be passed, and the first camps may open by the end of the year. … Charles Basch, head football and baseball coach at Jefferson High School, will end his 11-year stay to return to his alma mater, Concordia College in Moorhead. He will become an assistant football coach. … WCCO Radio will be at the Alexandria Country Club on nearby Lake Darling for the fishing opener weekend. Governor Karl Rolvaag will join several radio personalities to officially open the season.

1989, 25 years ago: Douglas County Fair Board Secretary Harold Johnson announced that the old chain-link fence on the east side of the grounds will be replaced with a new one. The new fence will be the same size as the old, six feet high and more than 900 feet long, but it will have a distinctive addition: barbed wire at the top to discourage any more “gate crashing.” … Douglas County Highway Engineer Lynn Olson warned the public about the dangers of “killer mailboxes,” those monument type or handmade ones fashioned out of old cream cans, separators and antique farm implements. Located along ditches right next to the road, the mailboxes can turn into deadly missiles if they are struck by fast-moving vehicles.

2004, 10 years ago: The Alexandria Park Committee has been studying the possibility of allowing swimming at the same spot on Lake Henry that the public once enjoyed, going back to the 1920s. Thanks to an improved sewer system, water quality on the lake has steadily improved over the years, re-opening the public beach at the city park. … The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is conducting a major study on Lake Miltona’s muskie population. The first part of the study is netting and tagging 29 muskies. The DNR plans to gather information from tagged muskies and from diaries kept by muskie anglers.

Just for fun – 1914, 100 years ago: In Holmes City, John Granlund has invested in a new automobile. No one knows the make or model because Granlund drives too fast. However, most think it looks something like a Ford. … 50 years ago, 1964: Now open: Bill and Bunny’s Geneva Lodge, serving fine foods and beverages. Modern Cottages – Boats – Dancing Nightly.

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