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Observations from the archives, 1964: Osakis Country Club formally opens

1914, 100 years ago: Charlie Milbrand bought a popcorn wagon, which he is operating from Kortsch’s corner. This is a fine looking wagon and equipped with the latest machinery. … The congregation of the Oscar Lake church held a monster picnic at Freeborn Lake. The day was ideal. … A severe hailstorm passed over Holmes City town. The hail was of considerable size and came down with great force, damaging fields and completely ruining some.

1964, 50 years ago: There were 650 riders here for the sixth annual Horsemen’s Holiday at Carlos State Park and they paraded through Alexandria. Horsemen came here from North Dakota and South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota for the two-day trail ride, billed as the largest of its kind in the world. A highlight was the Saturday evening open-air beef au jus dinner served riders by Garden Center’s LeRoy Meyer at the Darling Dude Ranch. … The Osakis Country Club formally opened its new nine-hole course, which coincided with the completion of the clubhouse. The Osakis Country Club qualified for a federal loan because the land under option for the course had originally been agricultural land and would have reverted to agricultural use if the loan had not been made. The $67,500 course and clubhouse represents an investment of $35,000 by Osakis people and $32,500 in a Farmers Home Administration loan made over 40 years at 4.5 percent interest.

1989, 25 years ago: At a “Capital for a Day” kick-off breakfast in Alexandria, Governor Rudy Perpich hammered home his pet cause of education before signing a bill designating all state vocational schools as “technical colleges.” Mayor Dorothy Kobs accompanied the governor on a whirlwind tour of the area including the schools, a dairy farm, aquaculture fish farm, the senior center, a resorters’ meeting, a trip to the firemen’s lodge, a Rotary luncheon and ice cream social at Fort Alexandria. … The State Firemen’s Convention was hosted in Alexandria, an event that attracted thousands of firemen from every department in the state. … One option for youngsters seeking summer jobs, or people needing work done, is to check out “Rent-a-Kid,” a free want-ad service offered by Alexandria Newspapers, Inc. … Alexandria residents should not plant trees on their boulevards anymore, especially if they expect city assistance with the trees. The city’s no-plant-on-boulevard policy is not because of Dutch elm disease. Rather, the problems stem from tree roots interfering or severely damaging curbs and gutters, sidewalks or sewer lines, explained Arlan Johnson, city administrator.

2004, 10 years ago: A delegation, composed mostly of Russian business owners in the manufacturing industry, were visitors in the area as part of a program called Center for Citizen Initiatives. The delegates learned about business practices in the U.S. and hoped to apply those practices to their own businesses back in Russia. … Don Shelby, WCCO news anchor, will serve as the Vikingland Band Festival’s Grand Marshal. The festival will feature 18 competing marching bands.

Just for fun – 1989, 25 years ago: The “Celebrity-Wait-on-You” fundraising lunch held at Bronc’s On Broadway, sponsored by the Alexandria Noon Lion’s Club, collected more than $1,000 in tips during the three-hour event. The money will be turned over to the Jefferson High School Marching Band’s Rose Bowl Trip Fund.

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