1996, 25 years ago: New Bed and Breakfast has colorful history – “Florian and Aggie Ledermann announced the opening of the Cedar Rose Inn, a bed and breakfast, located at 422 7th Ave. W. in Alexandria. The house was built near the turn of the century by Noah Ward, an Alexandria businessman, in an exclusive residential area in what today is called the Silk Stocking District. Over 60 years ago it was known as the Hostess House because it served as the site of weddings, celebrations and other functions. Under the Ledermanns, the home offers everything from country veterinarian calls to gourmet breakfasts.”

1971, 50 years ago: Issuance of driver license learner’s permits encased in plastic similar to the permanent driver licenses will be discontinued after the first of the year except for renewals, MN Public Safety Commissioner W.R. Hoaglund announced. Instead, the applicants for driver licenses will use their receipts for permits.

Donald Haseman, 35, of Evansville, has been chosen as the Outstanding Young Farmer of the Douglas County area for 1970. He was selected by a panel of agriculturalists from the county for the annual award which is sponsored by the Alexandria Jaycees. Haseman, who has been farming for 14 years, is a cash grain farmer. He uses modern practices of fertilization, chemical weed control and some minimum tillage for his crops of corn, oats, soybeans, wheat, flax and barley.

1996, 25 years ago: John Perino was sworn in as the new Alexandria Mayor and Bobbie Osterberg, new Ward V council member, was sworn in to replace Pat Pederson who decided to step down after serving 12 years. In terms of experience, the 1996 council is the newest in 16 years. Only one member, Harvey Weisel, has served more than one term. He was elected in 1979. The five other members of the council have served less than two years. They include newcomers Perino and Osterberg, along with Pat Heldt, Owen Miller and Art Hermes.

Alexandria optometrists Karl Bloomquist, Roger Bakewell and John Gess are participating in a program to provide free eye examinations to low-income workers and their families. Part of a nationwide program called Vision USA, the effort is being sponsored by the Salvation Army and participating members of the Minnesota Optometric Association.

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2011, 10 years ago: At the 74th Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annual convention, the Douglas County Lakes Association was presented with the 2010 Environmental Education Award. The award honors an individual or organization for creating innovative conservation education activities, reaching students and a variety of other audiences.

Paul Anderson, chair of the Douglas County Board for 2010, handed the gavel over to Norm Salto at the county board’s reorganizational meeting. Besides approving Salto as the new chair, the commissioners approved Jerry Johnson as vice-chair and Douglas County Coordinator Bill Schalow as the secretary/clerk.

Just for fun 1911 – 110 years ago: Herman Mattke of Miltona has two wives petitioning for his estate. The hearing has been postponed to allow the Oklahoma wife time to secure a copy of her marriage certificate. He had failed to divorce her before he married the second one. In 1910, there were 121 marriages and 10 divorces in Douglas County.

Sports trivia 1996 – 25 years ago: The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with Midwest Sports Channel and MNN Radio Networks, will be making a stop in Alexandria during the 1996 Winter Caravan which will visit 75 communities throughout the Upper Midwest. Pat Meares, Jeff Reboulet and Al Newman will be joined by broadcaster Dick Bremer at the Alexandria Holiday Inn. Tickets are $5 in advance from Sertoma members or Lakes Community Recreation Office, or $6 at the door, including meal.

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