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1968: New section of I-94 opens

1918, 100 years ago: Carl A. Wold, one of the most influential men in Douglas County, former editor of the Park Region Echo and former representative in the legislature from the 47th District, died at his home, suffering from cancer of the stomach. He was born on July 4, 1870.

Leonard Nelson, who is well known in the Jessie Glen area, writes home from France that his company has adopted an orphan. They have dressed him in a khaki uniform and are teaching him the English language. His mother died and the little fellow was found wandering about the camp, hungry and ragged. Mr. Nelson says there are many more like him.

1968, 50 years ago: Residents, business and government groups from seven communities will take part in the dedication of a 31-mile segment of I-94 that will open between Osakis and Albany. The strip is now open to the public.

Eight area students will compete in the district speech contest, to be broadcast over KXRA Alexandria. Each student will speak from 5-8 minutes on "What is Our Responsibility in Conserving Nature's Gifts."

Jon Haaven, news director of KCMT-TV, Alexandria, unseated Art Engelbrecht, who has been state representative from District 54A for the past four years. Haaven led in Douglas County, 5,819 to 5,031 and voting returns from Todd County brought his victory to a decisive one, 7,988 to 5,744.

1993, 25 years ago: When the DNR admitted that the Lake Mary walleye population was down — just as lake residents had maintained — the DNR gave the Lake Mary Association a permit to allow a private company, Pure Water Aquaculture Corporation of Garfield, to stock the fish. The association raised $8,100 to help pay for the fingerlings, while Pure Water Aquaculture donated 6,500 of the 26,500 fish.

World War I veterans are receiving a special salute on Veterans Day as communities across the country celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War I. Douglas County has 3,400 veterans, according to the 1990 census. They served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf as well as in peacetime.

2008, 10 years ago: School District 206 hosted a dedication ceremony at the Garfield Elementary School to celebrate a much needed renovation project that that was part of the special school bond referendum passed by voters in September 2007 — about $795,000.

A $10 million expansion at the Glacial Ridge Health System in Glenwood is about 85 percent complete and on schedule to wrap up in February 2009.

The Douglas Soil Water Conservation District board of supervisors selected Verna Peterson from Farwell as the 2008 Outstanding Conservationist for Douglas County.

Just for fun 1968 — 50 years ago: From Erc Aga's Potpourri: "Bill Plantz was at his polling place at seven sharp to vote...just as he was when he voted for William Howard Taft. And he hasn't missed an election since."

Sports Trivia 1968 — 50 years ago: The architect's drawing of the proposed golf course for the Parkers Prairie area has been approved by a steering committee. It covers about 100 acres and includes a practice range, practice chipping green and a practice putting green. This will be a regulation nine-hole course with a total distance of 3,270 yards. The course is to be located on the south edge of the village on land owned by Albert Riedel and Albert Klien, between Highway 29 and the Soo Line Railroad.

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