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Students had a close-up view of some fish at the annual Groundwater Festival, which took place at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria on Wednesday. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)

Students soak up lessons

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Students from across Douglas County went hands-on Wednesday participating in the 20th annual Kids' Groundwater Festival in Alexandria.

More than 500 fourth graders absorbed information about local water resources and the importance of maintaining its quality. Groups rotated through several learning activities during the day, including an opportunity to put pond water samples under a microscope, and lessons on how wildlife are affected by water quality.

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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. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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