1919, 100 years ago: There will be a barn dance at the Oscar Gahlon farm three miles north of Nelson and six miles northeast of Alexandria.
Quite a number from Kensington attended the celebration at Glenwood on the Fourth. On account of bad roads, most of the people went by train. A large number spent the day at the lakes.
Fishing has been very good the past few days. Large catches have been reported. One party reports catching a 7-pound bass in Red Rock Lake.
1969, 50 years ago: Plans for a new 9-hole short golf course will be presented to the city council by a special committee appointed by the council to study future park needs in the city and the development of these needs. With the help of Carl Johnston, greenskeeper at the Alexandria Golf Club, the committee has come up with a 4,300-foot, par 3 short course to add to the area's recreation needs.
A record enrollment at Alex Area Tech School hits 1,100 for 1969-70 school year. The school started in 1961 and has 120,000 square feet of floor space and offers 31 courses of instruction.
Construction of Alexandria's new 13-story, 106-unit apartment building is slated to start late this month, after the local housing authority opened bids. Total cost, under the bids, was $1.2 million which does not include cost of furnishings of the apartments and landscaping.
1994, 25 years ago: It was the largest crowd to attend an Alexandria City Council meeting in at least 10 years, to protest the opening of an adult entertainment establishment at 503 Nokomis. The business, which features nude dancing, has come under fire from a citizens group. The city council shared the crowd's concern but they also want to make sure they proceed carefully to avoid a lawsuit.
The total cost of remodeling the old Central Junior High building for use as a new Douglas County Services Center is now estimated to be nearly $5 million. This does not include the estimated future costs of remodeling the old jail and the courthouse, bringing the total to more than $6 million.
2009, 10 years ago: A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Douglas County Jail at its new site along 3rd Avenue West - where Douglas County Public Works used to be. The new jail, a $12.9 million project, is expected to open sometime in 2010.
Reports of people finding more zebra mussels in Lake L'Homme Dieu continue to stream in.
In a 5-0 vote, Douglas County Commissioners decided to keep sending its juvenile offenders to the West Central Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Moorhead and commit to 2.5 beds per month.
The Douglas County Relay for Life drew 350 participants. The American Cancer Society's fundraiser took place at Citizens Field. About 44 teams raised more than $84,000 according to the Relay for Life website.
Just for fun 1994 - 25 years ago: The 15-foot granite obelisk near Nelson memorializes those who were buried in what was meant to be a temporary cemetery in the latter half of the 19th Century. Local historians are still playing a counting game as to just how many - and who - remains buried there. The monument inscription states that the names of the dead are buried under the base of the obelisk.
Sports Trivia 1969 - 50 years ago: Discover "Ski-Barge"...the most versatile boat afloat! It's 15-foot, 10-inches long, rated for 65 H.P motor. Now only $945 at Alexandria Boat Works.
1994, 25 years ago: Over 150 racers battled in close quarters as they raced on Alexandria downtown streets in an event which was hosted by the Central Lakes Bicycle Club of Alexandria. Donna Rae Pugh and Jake Capistrant of Alexandria were among the winners.
Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.