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1918: Tractor to replace horses

1918, 100 years ago: Notice: A plowing demonstration with a Moline Universal one-man tractor will be held in Brandon. Come and see the tractor that comes nearest to replacing the horses for any kind of machinery on any size farm; the tractor and implement operated by one man. — C.J. Newhouse.

A letter has been received from Louis Wooliscroft in France, by his mother. He is feeling fine and tells his mother not to worry.

1968, 50 years ago: Douglas County's newest nursing home, the Crestview Manor in Evansville, will open its doors this fall with target month set for completion being November. The $350,000 one-story structure will have 70 beds, and is being erected through the work of Evansville Developers Corporation.

A new 33-acre village park is now in limited use in Villard. Knapp Memorial park will have

facilities for boat launchings on Lake Villard, a softball diamond, camping for tents and pickup campers, and picnic grounds with a 12-by-20 foot shelter for use in case of rain. The park also has 15 outdoor fireplaces arranged throughout its grounds and even has two huge stacks of fireplace wood, which is free for the campers.

1993, 25 years ago: Chuck and Donna Pugh of Alexandria donated money toward purchase of land for an animal shelter for the Alexandria Lakes Area Humane Society. The building will be located in the city's Industrial Park area in south Alexandria and will contain 24 kennels, 15 units for cats, and an education/board room.

Two ideas concerning use of the abandoned railroad corridor have been knocked off the MnDOT planning board. Eliminated was an option to build a highway on the rail corridor

from McKay Avenue to Nokomis Street. Also eliminated was the idea of constructing a road that would connect Broadway and County Road 22 via the corridor.

2008, 10 years ago: The Alexandria City Council approved two new projects. The Legacy of Alexandria, a 116-unit multi-family apartment complex proposed along 34th Avenue just south of the Bridgewater Estates, will get tax increment financing to help pay for the $10.3 million project. The Alexandria Area YMCA will receive $6 million in industrial development bonds for its $8.9 million project. The YMCA plans to use the bonds to bridge the gap between pledge collection and pledge commitment.

Verizon Wireless reported that it completed its purchase of Alexandria-based Rural Cellular Corporation, doing business as Unicel, for $2.66 billion in cash and assumed debt. Virtually all Rural Cellular employees have received employment offers and have accepted them, according to Verizon.

iQ Academy Minnesota, an online school for students across the state in grades 6-12, will open its virtual doors for the 2008-09 school year this fall, giving local students a new option to consider for the school year.

Just for fun 1918 — 100 years ago: Mr. Habala of Holmes City Township called on the editor last week, accompanied with $1.50 for another year of the Echo.

1968 — 50 years ago: Only in Alexandria: Automatic Car Washing at Highway 27 East (next to the VFW). You don't even get out of your car (except to put down your radio antenna). Just drive into KWIKI's Whirlaway Center Bay and ten whirling jets filled with 100 percent soft, warm soapy water will whisk away the dirt and grime on your car. Best of all, it takes less than three minutes and costs only 50 cents.

Sports Trivia 2008 — 10 years ago: The final match in the Resorters Golf Tournament Men's

Division championship came down to two Alexandrians — who happened to be college roommates. The duel at Alexandria Golf Club featured Tyler Whiting and Bryant Black. Whiting, a 21-year-old junior at Minnesota State University of Mankato, won his first-ever Resorters' title with a 3-2 victory over Black.

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