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Echo Press photo by Lowell Anderson In addition to landscaping around the sign, trees and shrubs were also planted in several other locations on the east side of the highway between 50th and 44th Avenue.

Planting a green welcome

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Volunteers worked with city and state workers to plant approximately 700 trees, shrubs and other plants near the new "Welcome to Alexandria" sign along Highway 29 South Wednesday morning.

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The project, which is a partnership between the city of Alexandria, the Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), has been in the planning stages since last winter when the sign, which was paid for by Tastefully Simple, was installed.

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