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1918: The way to banish freckles

1918, 100 years ago: Clarence Newhouse arrived from Camp Pike to see his mother, who is very ill. Clarence was made corporal soon after going to Camp Pike and later was promoted to sergeant. He received word just before leaving that he had been admitted to the officers' training camp.

A windstorm did considerable damage. In Alexandria, the chimney of the Old Folks Home was blown down and branches from trees were broken down. In the southwestern part of the county, it is reported, several silos were blown over and some barns.

1968, 50 years ago: Cabin No. 6 at Shor-Wood Resort will become WCCO Radio's major broadcast studio when the 50,000-watt Minneapolis-St. Paul station makes Alexandria its headquarters for the opening of the 1968 walleye and northern seasons.

The twentieth anniversary of Carlson Music Center in Alexandria will be observed with many special events. The store serves central Minnesota up to 100 miles from Alexandria. More than 30 high schools are included among its customers and the music store has an extensive service department with seven employees.

Holiday Inn of America, with home offices at Memphis, Tennessee, has awarded a franchise for a Holiday Inn Motel to the Frontier Corporation of Alexandria. The Frontier Corporation, composed of Alexandria businessmen, will immediately start construction of a motel with more than 100 units, enclosed swimming pool, restaurant facilities and lounge, south of Alexandria on property already purchased on the approach from Interstate 94.

1993, 25 years ago: Plans for a 72-unit townhouse development north of Alexandria are underway. Taylor Investment Corporation received a conditional use permit to build "The Fairways" northeast of Voyager school. Actual construction of the three-cluster development hinges on whether or not members of the Alexandria Golf Club approve the proposal to add another nine holes to its operation and the townhomes would be located in the middle of the new nine-hole development.

The Alexandria City Council voted to pursue a state grant to complete a non-motorized trail project, estimated to cost $15,000. The trail would be one mile long and contain all the required crossings and markings, especially where it uses the Kenwood Drive right of way, and will also include a foot bridge over what is now a spillway from a city culvert.

2008, 10 years ago: In a split vote, the Douglas County Board approved further design development of both a new public works facility at the fairgrounds and the jail project at public works' current location on Third Avenue West. The entire project is not to exceed the construction manager's $31 million estimate.

Work on a new bathhouse at Alexandria City Park is nearly complete. Carpentry and masonry students from the Alexandria Technical College are putting on the finishing touches. The project, which began in 2003, is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the beach and swimming area on Lake Henry.

Just for fun 1918 — 100 years ago: Girls! Your grocer has the lemons, and any drug store or toilet counter will supply three ounces of orchard white for a few cents. Mix, shake well, and massage this sweetly fragrant lotion into the face, neck, arms and hands each day and see how freckles and blemishes disappear and how clear, soft and white the skin becomes. Yes! It is harmless.

1968 - 50 years ago: Carlson Music Center was opened in 1948 by Sid Carlson in the rear of the Diekman building, but now has its own two-story structure at 630 Broadway St.

Sports Trivia 2008 — 10 years ago: Lake Carlos is one of two dozen Minnesota lakes included in a statewide water quality study. The lakes will become the sentinels for scientists to study how the state's waterways are handling an onslaught of problems including global warming, lakeside development, exotic species and polluted runoff.

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