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Council welcomes new liquor store manager

At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council welcomed its new city liquor store manager, Andy Mellgren.

He’s taking over the position after long-time manager Carol Lanigan resigned.

Mellgren said he’s in the process of moving his family here from Elk River.

In other action, the council:

• Issued a special event permit to Zion Lutheran Church’s Passion Drama, with the condition that the city will be listed as an additional insurer. About 2,500 people are expected to walk through outdoor scenes depicting the events leading up to and including the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It will take place between the 300 and 600 blocks of Lake Street and the 300 block of Maple Street on April 13, from 1 to 6 p.m. and on April 15, from 4 to 9 p.m.

• Issued a special event permit to the non-profit group, Awake the Lakes, to hold a Ribfest on Saturday, June 28. The event has taken place on Memorial Day weekend in the past, but organizers are moving it to the same weekend as the Vikingland Band Festival with the hope of getting nicer weather. A tent will be set up with staff from Raaper’s Eatery and Ale serving alcohol. It will take place at Big Ole Central Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. To accommodate the crowd, 2nd Avenue will be closed to traffic from Kenwood to Broadway. About 2,000 people are expected to attend. Police officers will help with security.

• Awarded the contract for field maintenance, game prepreparation/ clean-up and field scheduling services at Knute Nelson Memorial Park to the Alexandria Youth Baseball Association (AYBA) for 2014. AYBA has been the provider for the last four years. The contract is for $11,000, up from last year’s $10,500, but it now includes field scheduling. Revenues from field rental for the Alexandria Blue Anchors, Alexandria Classic Clippers, Alexandria Senators, VFA and the American Legion games will cover the cost of the contract.

—Proclaimed April 1 as National Service Recognition Day, which honors the positive impact and service of those who give back to their community. The proclamation noted that the nation’s mayors are increasingly turning to national service and volunteerism groups, such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, as a cost-effective strategy to meet city needs.

• Agreed to vacate a portion of a platted but unbuilt alley between 2nd and 3rd Avenue and Hawthorne and Irving Street. There are no buildings remaining on the block; the Lake Region Co-Op building was the last one removed. ORB Management requested the 16-foot wide alley to be vacated.

• Was informed that the city’s annual Board of Appeals and Equalization meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16 at 10 a.m. A quorum of council members must be present.

• Approved the following licenses: peddler’s – Doug’s Kettle Korn; temporary liquor license – Fort Chippewa VFW Post 936 for an April 12 event at the Runestone Community Center, and Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum for events on June 20, July 25, August 8 and August 29; heating – Agape Mechanical, LLC; excavating – Central Specialties, Inc.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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