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Column - 1959: Pilgrim's Point youth camp opens on Lake Ida

The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO July 1909 The first vehicular arrest of the season was made to a colored chauffeur who was driving a Minneapolis ma...

The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years.

100 YEARS AGO

July 1909

The first vehicular arrest of the season was made to a colored chauffeur who was driving a Minneapolis man to Grand Forks. After an overnight stop at the Letson House, he was stopped for exceeding the speed limit by 3 miles faster than the 25-mile-an-hour limit required by law. The license plate number was 4187. (The amount of the fine was not mentioned in the article.) This type of arrest is rare, the most common ones are for driving without lights after dark... The faculty of Alexandria High School visited the school farm south of the schoolhouse. The 10-acre plot is one of 10 such agricultural high school programs in the state. Eighth-grade students paid for the seed and now there is a nice crop of strawberries, celery, tomatoes and Minnesota 13 corn in the area that was well tended.

50 YEARS AGO

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July 1959

Thirty-one passengers on a Greyhound bus were injured when the bus overturned on a rain swept highway near Garfield. None appeared to be seriously hurt... Known as Pilgrim's Point, the state's newest Congregational Church youth camp has opened on Lake Ida... Hjalmer Holand, venerable champion of the controversial Runestone, presented eight Viking artifacts to members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Historical Society, including three axes, two steels, a spear point, a steel hook and an unidentified tool... The Alexandria City Council voted to proceed with plans for the construction of a new fire hall. The council also acceded to the state's demand that main street parking be changed from diagonal to parallel by September 14.

25 YEARS AGO

July 1984

Bob Hines, president of Alexandria Communications, announced the sale of KXRA-AM and KXRA-FM to an unnamed group that owns two radio stations in Wisconsin... From Mavis Salt's column entitled "Korean Children Become Citizens:" Four-year old Marit Johnson, adopted daughter of the David Johnsons, said to the judge, "I want to be a Norwegian"... Scott Kielmeyer won the Stock Appearing and Limited traveling trophies and won four races at Runestone Raceway, thus moving into the point lead in the Limited edition with his wins... Connie Lee Stich, nominated "Most Promising Female Artist of the Year," will appear in a Grand Stand Performance at the Douglas County Fair this year... Al Graves won the Senior Division at the Alexandria Golf Club for the second consecutive year over Bill Cook.

10 YEARS AGO

July 1999

Minnesota Crime Victim and Advisory Council has presented Dan Close, a volunteer for Listening Ear Crisis Center, with an Honorable Mention Award for his 12 years of more than 5,500 hours of serving others in need... Athletes Janelle Husfeldt and Allyson Estes displayed their silver and bronze medals brought back from the Special Olympics World Summer Games in North Carolina... Jennifer Menchavea Wigdahl was named first runner-up in the Miss Junior Teen pageant in Minneapolis... Japhet Sanga, a journalist from Tanzania, enjoyed the experience of working with Echo Press reporters and time spent helping in the layout and design of the newspaper... Glen and Kaye Zebarth displayed a set of 36.5-pound elk antlers that will be entered in a show at Arrowwood this weekend.

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    Marge Van Gorp of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.

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