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1969: Darling Ranch Resort expands

1919, 100 years ago: County Auditor and Mrs. Vernon Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Hemmingson and Miss N.M. West took an automobile drive out beyond Lake Osakis last Sunday. They rushed the season by eating their lunch outdoors.

Mrs. Cleve Kolstad and family are visiting relatives and friends in Minneapolis over Easter. "Spot Cash" Kolstad followed on his way to the cities and Chicago to buy goods in the interest of the Eagle Clothing Co.

Clerk of Court, Albert T. Olson, went to Evansville to transfer his Watkins medical business over to his successor in that line.

1969, 50 years ago: Work is progressing rapidly on the $1.5 million expansion program at the Darling Ranch Resort on Lake Darling. First phase of construction is scheduled for completion in early summer of 1970, including a 107-unit facility with indoor swimming pool, dining room, cocktail lounge, convention meeting rooms, snack bars, saunas, exercise rooms and club rooms, according to Paul Anderson, president of Darling Ranch.

Approval of a loan for $1,444,144 for the proposed low-rent housing complex for the elderly in Alexandria was approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, providing funds for the construction, equipment, site acquisition, improvement, utilities, planning, designing, space for management, maintenance and administrative costs.

1994, 25 years ago: Plans are in the works to build a new National Guard Armory in Alexandria. Sites for the facility are still under study, but the favored location is a five-acre parcel inside the Douglas County Fairgrounds. No cost estimates have been made and funding would be shared between the federal, state and local governments, with federal funds expected to cover the bulk of the cost, 75 percent.

Radisson Hotels International has presented its top honor, the "President's Award," to Arrowwood — A Radisson Resort in Alexandria. The resort was selected from among more than 300 Radisson hotels and resorts worldwide. This is the seventh year Arrowwood has received the honor. Arrowwood, managed by Greg Parsons, is a four-season resort on Lake Darling.

2009, 10 years ago: Alexandria's Vikingland Band Festival is featured in the latest issue of "Halftime Magazine," a glossy full color publication with a circulation of 10,000 that promotes the sights, sounds and spirit of marching bands across the country. The feature story was written by former Alexandria resident and festival co-founder Ken Martinson.

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission gave CapX2020 utilities a green light to construct three 345 kilovolt electric transmission lines in Minnesota — including one that goes through Douglas County. The utilities still need permits for the routes, and the exact path of the routes has not been determined.

Just for fun 1919 — 100 years ago: C.J. Scheldrup, the manager and butter-maker of the Holmes City Co-Operative Creamery Association, called on the Echo, saying that Holmes City will have the greatest creamery picnic ever in June. The businessmen of Holmes City are planning on taking a whole page in the Echo in which to advertise the big event.

And...For Sale: Slide trombone with leather case, worth $45. The first $25 takes it. See it at the Echo office.

Sports Trivia 1994 — 25 years ago: Alexandria District 206's new weight room facility has been a school and community effort from the beginning, and has more than tripled the capacity of the old training room. It is used by all athlete teams, physical education classes, other students, and community individuals and groups. Dale Serum, retired Alexandria activities director, started the campaign for a new weight room and Dr. David Hartmann continued the drive when he took over those duties. Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Greg Lanners brings a wealth of experience to the program. He is also in his third year as a sixth grade educator at Lincoln School in Alexandria.

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