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On Wednesday, workers placed support pieces in what will be the 1,000-seat auditorium at Alexandria Area High School. (Photo by Amy Chaffins)

New school one-quarter completed

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The bones of the new Alexandria Area High School are taking shape.

Load-bearing walls, steel beams, footings and more are being set in place as light poles are sprouting from the ground.


Since last summer's groundbreaking, construction crews buzzed around the site doing what they could before winter, and during the winter months they've moved in large-scale parts for the superstructure, things like 70-foot steel beams and precast panels.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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