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Senior center elects new board members

The Alexandria Senior Center has new members and new ideas for its future.

A special membership meeting took place Monday to elect seven people to fill the senior center board, which is designated for nine members.

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For the past few months, there have been only three members serving in those positions. Board members Greg Odell and Juliana Slavik will remain on the board. President Joyce Martinson will complete her second three-year term on December 31 and will be stepping down at that time.

Approximately 54 persons attended the meeting and 32 people were eligible to vote. Voting was restricted to members with paid-up dues.

Twelve candidates submitted forms indicating a willingness to serve on the board.

Elected were Bob Hudseth, Darrel Lorsung, Roy Wicken, Helen Glade, James Jensen, Carol Strong and Kathryn LeBrasseur.

An organizational meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the senior center.

In addition to selecting areas of responsibility, other priority actions will involve the financial status of the center and the challenges involved financially in remaining in operation.

Primary supporters in the past have indicated that they will not be allocating funds to the center in 2014. These include the city of Alexandria, LaGrand Township and Alexandria Township.

In addition to electing directors, the group submitted some ideas for consideration in the areas of program and recreational activities for the new board to look into.

The center, located at 414 Hawthorne Street, has been a popular meeting place for senior citizens but has been going through financial challenges this year.

It cashed in a certificate of deposit of $59,200 to stay afloat last spring and faces expenses of about $5,000 per month.

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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