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June 8, 2018
Jean Ranstrom holds a painting of one of her favorite subjects – chickens. Her work has won national awards and she will display 80 paintings at her '80 at 80' show this weekend. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
80 years, 80 paintings
June 8, 2018 - 12:11pm
June 6, 2018
Paulette Friday
'In Pursuit of a Dream': Production shares stories, songs of 19th century immigration
June 6, 2018 - 5:31pm
May 31, 2018
Members of The New Standards, a St. Paul-based acoustic band, answer questions from Alexandria Area High School art students about what it's like to be a professional musician. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
How musicians succeed: Twin Cities band, Theatre L’Homme Dieu reach out to art students
May 31, 2018 - 8:32am
May 23, 2018
In Fire Pit Productions' newest play, "Tape," Amy, played by Carolyn Giannone, has a conversation with Jon, played by Quincy Roers, about a rape that took place 10 years ago when they were in high school. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
Fire Pit Productions tackles important topic
May 23, 2018 - 12:03pm
May 9, 2018
From left, Jennifer Sakry, Kelly Sakry and Kara Trobec all sported hats for the occasion of the Run for the Roses party at Alexandria Golf Club Saturday, May 5. It was a fundraiser for Theatre L'homme Dieu. (Ross Evavold / Echo Press)
All dressed up for the derby
May 9, 2018 - 11:45am
April 19, 2018
"Nunsense!," a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser, will open at Andria Theatre Friday, April 20. Playing the nuns are (left to right) Miriam Thornquist as the Reverend Mother, Haley Wegner as Sister Mary Amnesia, Ruth Bloom as Sister Mary Hubert, Meagan Lindberg as Sister Mary Leo and Jennifer Maloney as Sister Robert Anne. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
A funeral fundraiser played for laughs
April 19, 2018 - 6:52am
March 23, 2018
Keith Martinson, a composer, piano recording artist and music producer from Alexandria, has recorded several solo piano albums featuring original songs, Christian worship music, hymns, popular cover tunes and Christmas favorites. His music has been broadcast on Praise FM Radio in Osakis and streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
Musical dream comes true: Keith Martinson's first original score to be played by Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra
March 23, 2018 - 7:01am
March 22, 2018
Portrait artist Myron Sahlberg will be one of the featured artists at the Art Makerspace event on  Saturday, March 24, at Alexandria Area High School. (Contributed)
Letting creativity flow: Adults can explore creating art
March 22, 2018 - 8:02am
Two Brandon-Evansville High School seniors, Amara Henneman (standing) and Saffron Fletcher, help paint pieces of the set for the school's upcoming performance of "The Little Mermaid." Henneman will star as Ursula and Fletcher as Ariel. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
'The Little Mermaid' lands on stage at B-E High School
March 22, 2018 - 6:43am
March 15, 2018
Kole Nelson (front), a 2011 New Testament Christian School graduate, can be seen on stage in Chanhassen Dinner Theatre's production of "Newsies, The Broadway Musical." The show runs through the end of September. (Photo by Rich Ryan Photography, 2018)
Making the big leap: Alexandria dancer hits Chanhassen stage
March 15, 2018 - 6:17am
March 12, 2018
Jessica Runck stands outside the "Man With a Plan" stage. She is a writer for the CBS television show. Her parents, Del Mari and Kim Runck live in Alexandria. (Contributed)
A 'Plan' years in the making: Runck finds success in shift from acting to writing
March 12, 2018 - 6:49am
March 8, 2018
Ari Janssen of Alexandria (center stage) plays the role of Mabel in Andria Theatre's upcoming production of Pirates of Penzance Jr. The show opens this Friday, March 9. Janssen, a junior at Alexandria Area High School, is the daughter of Scott and Kellie Janssen. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
A 'blast' from the past: Young actors take on the challenge of 'Pirates'
March 8, 2018 - 6:59am
February 17, 2018
Enter by March 7!
February 17, 2018 - 6:23am
February 5, 2018
Alexandria woman's lottery win tops $120,000
February 5, 2018 - 5:45pm
Meet Ryan McKenna, the kid who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl LII
February 5, 2018 - 1:19pm