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Council to consider Ripple Fest, animal rules and more

From a Ripple Festival and an animal ordinance to new fire department vehicles and a scoreboard, the Alexandria City Council will address a variety of items at its Monday, June 11, meeting that begins at 7 p.m.

Organizers of the Ripple Festival are applying for a special event permit. The June 30 event at City Park will provide a time and space for women to connect, renew and explore experiences of wellness in mind, body and spirit, according to organizers.

Ten percent of the festival's proceeds will go to a scholarship that supports education and community-based projects for women and girls.

More than 30 local vendors will provide a sampling of their products and practices and informational sessions will be offered by pastors, healers, coaches, trainers and guides. Nutritious food and beverages will be sold throughout the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The council will also consider a second and final reading of amendments to the city's animal ordinances that would allow allow residents to keep goats or other animals that would eat invasive species such as buckthorn.

The council gave preliminary approval to the changes at its May 29 meeting, although council member Todd Jensen voted against the idea. He was concerned that the change may give the public the wrong perception that people could permanently keep goats as pets.

Fire Chief Jeff Karrow will be asking the council's authorization to get quotes for a new chief's vehicle and a new utility vehicle.

The council will consider two items involving the Runestone Community Center — whether to purchase a new scoreboard and whether to make additional paving improvements.

The new Fairfield Inn and Suites on Sanibel Drive, north of Boulder Tap House, is applying for an off-sale beer license.

The council is also expected to allow the city-owned Downtown Liquors to pay for handicap-accessible improvements through the city's revolving loan fund.

Another action would allow the city to obtain requests for proposals to conduct a needs assessment on improvements to the City Hall building.

Also on the agenda are unspecified items from the city engineer, city attorney and city administrator.

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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