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This illustration shows preliminary plans for a new south entrance to the Douglas County Services building in downtown Alexandria. The space where the pool is now will become additional parking. Commissioners asked the architect to simplify the design to help cut the project's estimated price tag of $1.3 million. Illustration courtesy of Klein McCarthy Architects

Pool out, parking in

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The old Central School pool in Alexandria is coming out.

On Tuesday, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.3 million project that will change the south end of the Douglas County Services Center - where the large rotunda-like pool building has stood for 44 years.


The project also includes preliminary plans to remodel the county's social services and public health departments and add a new entrance with a large bank of windows on the building's south side.

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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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