1919, 100 years ago: The new band at Carlos will make its first appearance with a concert in the Carlos Opera House. This band is under the leadership of Mr. Thomas Peterson and has made very good progress during the past summer and deserves all the support you can give them.

1969, 50 years ago: Six acres of land including the Flynn Junkyard on Highway 23 across from the Alexandria Golf Club has been purchased by Douglas County. The triangle of land is now slated to become the first Douglas County Park. Purchase price for the six acres was $13,200 with the Federal Government paying half the cost ($6,600) under a special Bureau of Outdoor Recreation Grant which totaled $7,200. The land was purchased from James Flynn, Chester Gunderson, Lloyd Johnson and the Alexandria Golf Club. The park will be called “Three Havens Recreational Area.”

Alexandria Mobile Estates, a new trailer court located just south of the 3-M plant will have a three-day open house. The new court features new streets, with black-topping, curb and gutter. Each trailer has a 40 by 90-foot lot; with all utilities underground.

Grand opening of a new and exclusive Magnavox Home Entertainment Center at Carlson’s Music Center in Alexandria is slated. The Music Center has been specially developed to provide the most complete and exclusive line of Magnavox instruments and selection of home entertainment products possible, said owner Sid Carlson.

1994, 25 years ago: Thanks to a bunch of hardworking prisoners, Inspiration Peak — one of the highest points in West Central Minnesota — is now in peak condition once again. The workers were members of the Otter Tail County “Sentence to Serve” program. On any given day there were six to 18 prisoners working on the project. Otter Tail County’s jail is in Fergus Falls, where the “Sentence to Serve” workers are serving time.

The Minnesota Rural Education Association will meet at Arrowwood for its annual fall conference, featuring a half-day property tax workshop and more than 30 rural school programs. The tax seminar is designed to inform school board members, administrators, local government officials and others about the current property tax situation.

2009, 10 years ago: The entire community is invited to the new YMCA site at 1849 County Road 82 NW, Alexandria for a sneak-peek at the new facility that is under construction. YMCA leaders are calling on the community to complete the final pieces of the funding puzzle. To date, a total of $8,181,594 has been raised – still shy of the $8,885,000 goal.

Alexandria’s newest family restaurant, Mi Mexico, opened its doors at 401 Nokomis St. Owner Juan Valencia noted that his family traces its roots to Mexico and were raised in California.

Just for fun 1919 – 100 years ago: If you have been keeping your valuable papers in envelopes or a box around the house you are assuming unwarranted risks. It is one habit that you can “Dress Up” at very little cost and with much benefit to yourself. You can come here and rent a safe deposit box in our fireproof, burglar-proof vault for $1 a year. Then you know that your papers are safe all ways. Park Region State Bank, Alexandria.

SPORTS TRIVIA 1969 – 50 years ago: Norty Blanchard, senior quarterback for the Alexandria Cardinal football team, was named to the WCCO-Prep Parade All-State team for his performance in the Cardinals’ 42-26 homecoming win over Montevideo when he completed four passes in as many attempts for 170 yards and three touchdowns and ran 36 yards for another. He joins teammate Mike Steidl, who was selected to the team in September, and Villard end Bob Coffin, as area gridders who have earned All-State honors this season.

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