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1918: Townships run out of primary ballots

1918, 100 years ago: The primary election brought out a large vote. Many townships did not have enough ballots and had to send in to the county auditor for another supply. As the returns began to come in it became evident that there is practically a landslide for Chas. A. Lindbergh for lieutenant governor, James Peterson, senator in Congress, and T.J. Vickerman, sheriff. It is also noticeable that practically all the candidates endorsed by the farmers run about two to one over their opponents.

Another large induction of men will leave from Douglas County. Sixty-two men will leave by way of the Great Northern train, going to Camp Grant, Rockford, Ill.

1968, 50 years ago: The summer resident artist's colony, Studio L'Homme Dieu, opened with 30 students in residence and several local students who commute. This is the third summer for the art colony, which is sponsored by St. Cloud State College, at its Lake L'Homme Dieu location on Tolena Point.

The Darling Ranch Resort of Alexandria will celebrate an open house with two free horse shows and two free water shows. There will be free horse and pony rides for children, and persons interested in boat rides, water bike rides and paddle boat rides can also ride free of charge.

Theatre L'Homme Dieu will open its eighth season with Tennessee Williams' compelling drama, "Summer and Smoke." Mrs. Don Krueger and Mrs. John Wedum are in charge of the season ticket sales, which are $17.50 for the nine productions.

1993, 25 years ago: Ground breaking ceremonies for Alexandria's new junior high school were held at the site, 510 North McKay Ave. The project has taken three years of planning and the new building is expected to be completed by the fall of 1994.

Potters, painters, drawers and all manner of creative free spirits are gearing up for the "Feet of Clay" Institute, the first summer art camp of its kind ever held in the Alexandria area. The camp is the brainchild of local potter Roxann Sorenson.

Following the merger of Centel Corporation and Sprint Corporation, United Telephone of Alexandria is adopting a new corporate business identification, Sprint/United Telephone, to reflect its association with Sprint Corporation.

2008, 10 years ago: The Lakes Area Recreation Association is transferring ownership of 60 acres of land valued at $2 million on County Road 82 to the Alexandria Area YMCA. Twenty-five of the 60 acres will be reserved for the construction of the facility, with the remaining 35 acres to be jointly developed by collaborating with other community recreation organizations. The property was originally purchased from Wally and Betty Karl in 2001 with a fundraising campaign and an eye toward meeting the growing recreational needs of the community.

The Vikingland Band Festival was made possible largely by the efforts of one man more than 20 years ago. That man — Ken Martinson — is this year's grand marshal. Martinson shares credit with festival co-founders Jim Clayton and John Anderson.

Just for fun 1968 — 50 years ago: The United States Air Force flew in a C-119 "Flying Boxcar" for the Civil Air Patrol fly-in breakfast at the Alexandria Airport. The C-119 has a 109-foot wingspan, and is 86 feet long and 26 feet high.

Sports Trivia 1968 — 50 years ago: The free water shows to be given at the Darling Ranch Resort will involve the members of the water ski troupe which performed last summer, Terry Akenson, Bryce Lundeen, Tom Akenson, Linda Engstrom, Kim Thompson, Denny Spaulding and Steve Tessmer.

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