1919, 100 years ago: The Park Region State Bank, owned by farmers of Douglas and surrounding counties, has been notified that the application for a charter has been approved by the State Securities Commission. The new bank will be on the corner of 6th Avenue and Main Street, the best corner in the city of Alexandria.

In Carlos Township: The cornerstone in the new German Lutheran church will be laid and the address will be given by Rev. Kleveno of Leaf Valley.

1969, 50 years ago: An open house will be held by the Flight Service Station of the Federal Aviation Administration at the Alexandria Airport in conjunction with the Civil Air Patrol fly-in breakfast. The service station has a staff of eight employees, who give assistance in pre-flight weather service, cautions in regard to severe weather, and air-ground communication for all aircraft.

A preliminary meeting to investigate the possibility of establishing a sanitary district, involving Alexandria and four neighboring townships including LeGrand, Hudson, Alexandria and Carlos was held. The purpose was to delve into the growing problem of water pollution in the future.

1994, 25 years ago: Theresa Moberg of Alexandria was named the Business and Professional Women's Minnesota AAA "Woman of the Year" during the organization's state convention in St. Cloud. The three A's stand for Action, Attitude and Achievement. Moberg is account manager for the Minnesota Quality Academy at the Alexandria Technical College.

Lindsay Watts, 13-year old daughter of Wendy and Ray Watts of Alexandria, will play the lead role of "Annie," America's most beloved orphan, for Theatre L'Homme Dieu's summer production. Orphan "characters" will also be played by Alexandria girls: Ellie Akenson, Marne Hermes, Lacey Ohlsen, Tanya Traut, Brenna Smith and Ruth Christianson.

2009, 10 years ago: Construction will begin on an expansion project at the water treatment plant in the City of Alexandria. Scott Deitz, operations manager at Alexandria Light And Power (ALP), made a recommendation to the city council on behalf of ALP's board of directors to accept the low bid of $3.08 million from Di-Mar Construction out of Excelsior.

Seth Willard, 21, of Miltona, will bicycle coast-to-coast from Los Angeles to Baltimore as part of the "Ride: Well Tour," a journey intended to raise support and awareness for "Blood: Water Mission." The organization helps under-developed communities in Africa build cleaner wells, latrines, and health clinics.

Just for fun - 1919 - 100 years ago: LOST: Automobile lamp and license tag No. 202645 between Alexandria and West Moe church. $1.50 reward if returned to the Echo office or Peter Hoplin, Brandon.

Sports Trivia 1994 - 25 years ago: The Minnesota Department of Health is advising people to restrict the amount of fish they eat on 11 lakes in Douglas County - two more lakes than last year - listing them as "containing mercury and other contaminants" in the Fish Consumption Advisory booklet for 1994. Eating fish does not pose any immediate health risks, officials stressed. At most of the lakes listed in the advisory, people can safely eat at least some species of fish as often as once a week. The health department has published the advisory since 1975.

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