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From the archives - 1966: Two men drown in Lake Ida; life jackets still in wrappings

1916, 100 years ago: The Peterson Paint shop force entertained their employers and their ladies and a few friends to a fish fry on Lake Darling on the Fourth. The men folk were the cooks and waiters and entertained very royally. ... In South Holm...

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1916, 100 years ago: The Peterson Paint shop force entertained their employers and their ladies and a few friends to a fish fry on Lake Darling on the Fourth. The men folk were the cooks and waiters and entertained very royally. … In South Holmes City, the Sogardens have improved their large barn and other outbuildings with a new coat of paint this summer. Grondahl Bros. are doing the work. … In Forada Briefs: Mrs. Fred Meade is suffering from ivy poisoning. This seems to be worse this year, as several cases have been reported. Some steps should be taken to destroy this terrible weed, as it causes untold suffering to those coming in contact with it.
1966, 50 years ago: John J. McCarten, serving his 16th year as Douglas County Attorney, announced that he will retire from office at the end of his present term, Dec. 31, 1966. …. Vandals broke into Central Junior High School, leaving an estimated $300 worth of damage, apparently in search of money. Less than $5 in small change was missing. … The sheriff’s department completed a 26-day search of Lake Ida for two men and their boat that disappeared on a stormy morning. The bodies of both men had floated to the surface near Pilgrim’s Point. The boat was found in about 80 feet of water and was raised with the aid of Sheriff Urness’ boat and a pontoon. Life jackets, still in their original wrappings, were pulled from the bow of the boat after it was brought to the surface. The 14-foot Fiberglas boat was rated by the manufacturer to be suitable for equipping with a 40-horsepower motor but apparently the rough stormy water swamped the boat.
1991, 25 years ago: Bob and Jim Chan announced that Bob’s Clothes Shop on Broadway will close. After 63 years, Bob’s was practically an Alexandria landmark. Jim said that the business just could not remain afloat – not with the cut-rate competition coming from gargantuan chain stores in the malls of south Alexandria. … The Minnesota Department of Transportation will decide sometime in early November whether or not to buy the Burlington Northern right-of-way land that lies under the abandoned Otter Tail Valley Railroad between Fergus Falls and Avon. … After six months on the job, Douglas County Sheriff Bill Ingebrigtsen is surprised at the mountains of paperwork he has to do, but he likes his job and loves meeting the public his department serves. He is making the Drug Education Awareness (DARE) program a county-wide effort. A deputy, Sergeant Gabe Pipo, took DARE training courses and now makes the rounds of county schools.
2006, 10 years ago: The George Carden Circus International, a full-fledged three-ring circus show, is coming to the Douglas County Fairgrounds. … Got an ugly car? A first-ever event, “The Sweet, the Grand and the Ugly” will take place. The car professionals at Steinbring’s in Alexandria will host the event, a fundraiser for local and area music education and scholarships. The Alexienne Chorus (the Sweet) will perform and Carlson Music Center will sponsor a concert performed by local piano teachers (the Grand).
Just for fun – 1966, 50 years ago: Mary Jo Simenson, as Miss Alexandria, will represent our city as an official Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes candidate. Miss Simenson will be feted by the Aquatennial for the entire festival. She will be housed at the Curtis Hotel with the other candidates. … 1916, 100 years ago: Fords are getting to be quite numerous in South Holmes City, the latest new owners being P.O. Henry and Albert Myhr.
Sports Trivia – 1991, 25 years ago: Lake Osakis continues to be a hot spot for entrants in the St. Paul Pioneer Press World’s Largest Fishing Contest. Last week, Bob Toenjes of Osakis received honorable mention honors for a 1 pound 6.5 ounce sunfish caught in Lake Osakis. … 2006, 10 years ago: Alexandria brought home three Central Lakes Conference team championships in 2006, including the Cardinal Boys Golf Team, Cardinal Girls Golf Team and Cardinal Boys Tennis Team.
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Rachel Barduson of Alexandria is a regular contributing columnist to the Echo Press Opinion page.

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