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A manmade stream is one of the main water features in Maritime Gardens. A waterfall and foot bridge are upstream from where these landscapers worked.

Labor of love - Community garden project begins to take root in Alexandria

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Eventually, it will be a place of beauty, tranquility and solace - a place for the entire community to enjoy.

Now, it's a lesson in self-less giving and an opportunity for some local tradesmen to create a work of art on nature's canvas.


The Maritime Gardens, located on the campus of the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria, started out as some simple sketches on a piece of paper.

Slowly but surely, those sketches are coming to life.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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