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Big race gets green light

Lace up your running shoes and get your bike ready for the Harvest Duathlon on Saturday, August 31.

At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved plans for the third annual event.

The course, which starts from Discovery Middle School, includes a run of 2.5 miles, followed by a 13-mile bike race and a 2.3 mile run.

Last year's event drew about 150 competitors, up from the 120 in 2011. They ranged in age from 19 to 70 years old and represented 58 cities outside of Alexandria.

A Kids Duathlon will be held on the Friday night before the race. It's for children aged 2 to 10, who will run and bike from distances ranging from 100 yards to 2.1 miles. For more information, go to the website,

In other action not reported in Wednesday's issue, the council:

• Amended a resolution to extend the contract awarding date for the phase 4 orderly annexation watermain extension. The contract will now be awarded no later than May 31, 2013. In related action, the council agreed to pay Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) and Associates $288,788 to provide the engineering for the phase 4, part 2 watermain project, which is estimated to cost nearly $2.3 million. Watermain will be installed on Chipmunk Lane, Kurt Street, Service Drive (Park Place to Manor Hill Street), Manor Hills Street, Lisa Avenue, Karl Street, Rachel Drive, Woodland Park Drive, Springdale, Manor Drive, Wildflower Lane, Timber Lane, Red Oak Drive, and the Highway 29 crossing (South L'Homme Dieu Drive to Geneva Road). The work will be completed during the 2014 construction season.

• Issued on-sale beer and wine licenses to Broadway Bistro, 613 Broadway.

• Approved a one-time split of property for the Dellor Larson Life Estate at 1810 6th Avenue East. This will create two conveyable parcels of 2.77 acres and 6.83 acres, divided by 7th Avenue. There are no development plans at the present time.

• Approved a final plat for the eighth addition to the Airport Industrial Park. The park dedication fee was waived because it's a commercial-industrial subdivision.

• Approved a $3,952 engineering agreement with WSN to provide engineering services for a project to overlay 50th Avenue and West Burgen Lake Road SE. The city and Hudson Township are splitting the cost of the project. Alexandria expects to pay $28,652 and the township's share amounts to $111,826.

• Scheduled a work session for Monday, April 8 at 5 p.m. to consider the city's future staffing needs.

• Issued an excavating contractor license to Mark Boesl Excavating of Brandon.

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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