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Echo Press photos by Celeste Beam During the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Alexandria Area YMCA Wednesday morning, five different groups participated in the traditional shovel throw, including members of the YMCA Legacy gift contributors.

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The sun was shining Wednesday and there wasn't hardly a cloud in the sky.

"This is a positive day," stated Dave Kjos, who was serving as master of ceremonies at the Alexandria Area YMCA groundbreaking ceremony that morning.


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