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Thumbs Up/Down - May 24, 2013

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editorials Alexandria, 56308

Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

AWAKE THE LAKES FUN

Thumbs Up: Are you ready for summer? Start the season off on a fun note by checking out the many Awake the Lakes events in Alexandria this weekend. We're lucky to have such a variety of ways to usher in summer. Take your pick: a vintage car show, breakfast with Big Ole, farmers' market, petting zoo, sidewalk sales, motorcycle ride, a dunk tank (to help a young hockey player battling leukemia), robotic team's demonstration, interaction with players from Blue Anchors baseball and Alexandria Blizzard hockey, beer garden, Rib Fest, live music, stock car racing, fireworks, communitywide church service, a 5/10K run and more. (A complete list of events is in today's Variety). Then, on Monday, be sure to remember the sacrifices our military men and women gave to their country by attending a Memorial Day parade and service. The many local businesses, volunteers and Chamber staff deserve a summery salute for all their work in organizing Awake the Lakes.

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PHONE BOOK FRUSTRATION

Thumbs Down: An Alexandria resident is frustrated while trying to read the tiny print in a phone book. "The print size or font size is really, really bad," he said. "It's way too small. They need to supply people with a free magnifying glass."

GRANT FOR TENNIS

Thumbs Up: Hal Miller, president of the Alexandria Area Tennis Association, gives a thumbs up to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the USTA Northern Section for giving the AATA $48,500 for acrylic surfacing of Alexandria Area High School's 12-court tennis complex. "This generous grant is one more way our schools, our community and area tennis enthusiasts are being acknowledged as a good investment to enhance not only the game of tennis but the core values that the USTA represents," he said. "Those core values are integrity, inclusiveness, excellence, commitment, teamwork and accountability."

CHECKING OUT GRAMMAR

Thumbs Up: A stickler for grammar called to give a thumbs up to Menards for using correct English at its checkout lanes. Signs at the express checkouts say, "6 items or fewer." Many other retail store signs say, "6 items or less," which is incorrect grammar.

IT'S ALL GREEK (OR LATIN)

Thumbs Down: When it comes to people's health directives, the instructions should be clear and concise. That's not always the case. An Alexandria man received a notice of his upcoming doctor appointment that verified the time, explained that he'd need a driver to take him home but then included something he didn't understand: "NPO, one hour." "At first, I thought maybe it stood for need potty opportunity," he joked. After calling the hospital, he found out it meant he wasn't supposed to eat anything for an hour. NPO is an acronym for the Latin phrase, "Nils Per Os," which translates to "nothing by mouth." "Why didn't they just say fasting?" he asked.

HELP FOR SHODDY SIDEWALKS

Thumbs Up: Here's something many Alexandria residents may not know: If the sidewalk on your property is deteriorating or looking like an accident waiting to happen, you can get it fixed at a bargain. Alexandria has a sidewalk replacement program that splits the cost 50/50 with landowners. Those who are interested should call City Hall. It could save someone a trip to the hospital.

EMERGENCY HELP

Thumbs Up: Those involved in saving lives in all kinds of situations, no matter what the time or day, deserve our appreciation. It's National Emergency Medical Services Week May 19-25. Governor Dayton's proclamation notes that access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival recovery rates of those who experience sudden illness or injury. Preventing injuries from becoming worse can also reduce health care costs. We should all be grateful for the 24/7 work of our emergency physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, law enforcement personnel, medical dispatchers, educators, administrators and others.

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