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2008: A time to celebrate

2008 is going to literally be a "banner year." Yes, flags and banners will fly as Minnesota celebrates 150 years of statehood. Along with that, local milestones will be celebrated. Both Holmes City and Alexandria will mark 150 years.

2008 is going to literally be a "banner year." Yes, flags and banners will fly as Minnesota celebrates 150 years of statehood. Along with that, local milestones will be celebrated. Both Holmes City and Alexandria will mark 150 years.

It was written in The Thirty-Second State ~ A Pictorial History of Minnesota, published by the Minnesota Historical Society in 1966: "When Minnesota was admitted to the Union in 1858, it added a 32nd star to the American flag and a musical name to the list of states. The white man gave the new political entity a name long used by the Indian to designate a tributary of the Mississippi. Its meaning in translation, sky-tinted waters, has a wider implication, for Minnesota has within its borders more water than any other American commonwealth.

Located in the center of the North American continent, the state can boast a square mile of water for every 20 of land, or a total water area of more than 4,000 square miles, excluding Lake Superior."

One of the earliest settlers in what is now the Holmes City neighborhood was the trader and trapper, Lewis, who located a station for trading with the Indians. In 1858 E.G. Holmes arrived and in the spring of that year Noah Grant and W.S. Sandford (Sanford) arrived.

Holmes and Grant purchased the Lewis trading post and the trading point came to be known as Holmes City. The lake on which the village is situated was named for Grant.

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During the summer of 1858, two bachelor brothers from Delaware - Alexander and William Kinkead - settled on the shores of Lake Agnes, now within the city of Alexandria. Soon other settlers joined them, and the Alexandria townsite was formed.

Both Holmes City and Alexandria will have celebrations to mark their sesquicentennial anniversaries. Other Douglas County communities are urged to "sesquicentennialize" their celebrations in 2008 as well.

The 2008 Minnesota Sesquicentennial Statehood Commission has appointed official liaisons (ambassadors) between the Minnesota counties and commission.

The Douglas County Historical Society will serve as that official liaison for the state. I urge each community in Douglas County to contact us with your summer festival plans so all local celebrations can be posted on the Web site www.mn150years.org with dates and details.

I encourage towns and businesses in our area to participate in the Sesquicentennial Community Spirit Program. This program is meant to inspire communities to spruce up and decorate homes, towns, townships, villages or businesses with sesquicentennial banners and flags.

As the ambassador for Douglas County, I encourage families and individuals to take an active part in the festivities in our county, making 2008 a year of homecomings, reunions and fun.

It will be my duty to connect local citizens with the statehood commission, communicating with local media the plans, events and activities that are happening.

All events on the state calendar and all news regarding local programs and celebrations will be included in the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Statehood Commission's Final Report, and kept, in perpetuity, at the Minnesota Historical Society for all generations of the future to see.

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Call me at (320) 762-0382 or e-mail bardo@rea-alp.com with your business, school, city or township celebration plans and proudly wave your flags to honor our great state of Minnesota and communities in Douglas County.

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