•Cherry Street Books. 503 Broadway, Alexandria, will welcome author Catherine Urdahl for a reading and signing of her new children’s book, Emma’s Question.
Emma’s grandma is in the hospital and Emma wonders who will take her out for bagels and make up funny stories? Who will take care of her after school? Some questions are even harder to ask, but grandma has reassuring answers.
The story, gently told and beautifully illustrated, is a nice way to introduce the topic of death to younger children. Parents and children (suggested ages 4-8) are invited to come on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to hear the author read her story. The book is available in both hardcover and paperback.
Urdahl’s sister, Beth Wacholz, is an Alexandria resident. Prior to her appearance at Cherry Street Books on Saturday, Urdahl will visit her niece’s classroom at Lincoln Elementary School on Friday afternoon.
Urdahl lives in Shorewood and wrote the book following the illness of her own mother.
•Merrill Lynch reports that Christine M. Schroeder of the Alexandria office has completed the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist program through the College for Financial Planning and received the CRPS designation.
The designation is presented to financial advisors who complete a series of courses focusing on selecting, designing, implementing and managing both non-qualified and qualified retirement plans for the business community.
Schroeder has been a part of the Alexandria community for 15 years and with the local Merrill Lynch office for nearly five years. She is the 2006 past president of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, is active with many community volunteer projects and currently serves on the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties board of directors.
For more information, visit www.ml.com. Merrill Lynch was acquired by Bank of America on January 1, 2009.
•Pro-Tainer, Inc., Alexandria, now complies with National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) guidelines.
Pro-Tainer passed the NATM safety compliance inspection. It’s based on the NATM guidelines for recommended minimum manufacturing practices for light and medium duty trailers. The guidelines are a compilation of federal safety standards and regulations and industry best practices that govern trailer construction.
Pro-Tainer has been manufacturing recycling trailers since 1990. Visit the website at www.protainer.com.
•Mark Anderson, Jake Seth and Josh Dunker with Ellingson’s Plumbing, Heating and A/C in Alexandria recently attended Steffes Product Training in Dickinson, North Dakota.
This was an intense two-day training course that covered selling and installing of Steffes heating systems, which take advantage of the discounted off-peak rates available.
The electricity is converted to heat. The heat is stored in specially designed ceramic bricks inside the Steffes heating system and automatically released into the home when heat is needed, day or night.