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A gallery circles the 18th green of the Alexandria Golf Club to watch the final moment of the Resorters Golf Tournament Saturday: Men's Division champion Brian Choe (left) of Coppell, Texas shaking hands with runner-up Nate Adams of Maple Grove. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

A fun, favorite tradition

Thumbs Up: Another Resorters Golf Tournament, the 97th annual, is in the books and it was another memorable one filled with exciting matches and top-notch golf. The Alexandria Golf Club deserves a big thumbs up for putting on such a well-organized event. There's more to the tournament than golf. We've heard that time and time again from golfers while we're covering the event. The Resorters has became a favorite summer tradition that unites friends, families and classmates. The week-long tourney also packs an economic punch, attracting about 300 golfers — along with all their family members and supporters — who stay, eat, shop and patronize local businesses while they're here. The tournament is a winner for everyone.

Amazing theatre students

Thumbs Up: A story in the Aug. 1 issue of Echo Press offered insights into the Student Theatre Project — a summer theater camp and performing arts experience for children aged 10 to 18. The students' learning expanded well beyond improving skills in the arts, according to Emily Erickson and Randee Hall at Bethany On The Lake. "We were amazed at the students that came to help at the Pie and Ice Cream Social held at Bethany On The Lake in July," noted Erickson and Hall in an email to the newspaper. "Not only did the students set up tables and chairs, serve guests, and perform, but they took time to sit down and talk to our seniors in a respectful and meaningful way. David Christman empowered student development to a level of service leadership and self-improvement. These 56 students created a lasting impact with our residents and guests that still resonates with them today. Talent, personality, kindness — these students are amazing."

Useless signs

Thumbs Down: A local resident doesn't like how some signs for businesses still remain long after the business closes or moves. She cited a few examples: Tennessee Roadhouse ("I wonder how many travelers came off the interstate only to pull up and find it closed," she said), Art with a Purpose, and The Mustard Seed on Broadway. "I am sure there is an expense to taking down the signs, but isn't that part of the expense of opening or closing a business?" she asked. "I applaud JCPenney's — at least they took their sign down when they closed." The newspaper did a story about old signs a couple of years ago. The story noted that Alexandria has rules and procedures for getting rid of old or abandoned signs. They're defined as those for which the business building has been vacant for a year or more. Enforcing that portion of the sign ordinance is typically done on a complaint basis.

Helpful gesture

Thumbs Up: An Alexandria resident sends a quick thumbs up to Soderholm Insurance in Alexandria for laminating the new Medicare ID cards that were mailed out recently. "It's a nice gesture on their part," she said.

Illegal parking

Thumbs Down: An Alexandria resident has noticed a lot of trucks that are being parked way too long on some city streets. A reminder: It's illegal to park any vehicle — not just trucks — on city streets for more than 24 hours. Also, the trailer part of a truck is not permitted to be parked at anytime on city streets. Those who see a violation may call the Alexandria Police Department at 320-763-6631.

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