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Alexandria Area High School introduced to the public

Dr. David Hartmann showed a group of people the grounds and athletic facilities at the new Alexandria Area High School during the school’s open house and dedication event Tuesday. Photo by Carly Snell | Echo Press 1 / 2
Alexandria Area High School open house attendees were able to take home a commemorative key chain created in the school’s new Design and Build lab Tuesday. Photo by Carly Snell | Echo Press2 / 2

The halls and grounds of the new Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) were bustling with activity Tuesday during the school’s dedication and open house event.

An estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people attended the event, which was held from 5 to 8 p.m.

“It was far beyond our expectations,” said District 206 Superintendent Rick Lahn. “There was a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of smiling faces, many positive comments – it was a real testament to what a community can accomplish with a common vision.

“There was a lot of community pride shown by those who came,” he added. “They seemed to feel ‘this is my community, this is my high school, I had a part in accomplishing this task.’ They seemed incredibly proud to have a facility like this right here in our community.”

A dedication program held in the new performing arts center featured performances by the Rainbow Strings Orchestra, Jazz Combo, and Kari Norheim.

Lahn addressed attendees, along with School Board Chair Dean Anderson and AAHS Principal Chad Duwenhoegger.

Self-guided tours through the building and grounds were available, with staff members, administration, school board members and student ambassadors on hand throughout the school to answer questions.

Refreshments were served and attendees were able to take a commemorative key chain, which was made in the school’s new Design and Build lab.

“It was just a great event,” Lahn said. “In my 30 years of public education, this was one of the most fun, celebratory events I’ve been part of.”

Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.

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