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October 5, 2012
The Jefferson High School (JHS) Carolers are gearing-up for another holiday season. This year marks the group's 50th anniversary. The Carolers were formed in 1962 by Murrae Freng and continue to be a community tradition. This year's members include (back row) Brendan Holm, Kris Aaseng, Anthony Smith, Rocky Chock, Jack Stoeck, Ted Deitz; (middle row) Tori Long, Emma Lawrence, Tyler Maanum, Nic Hanson, Rachel Hansberry, Brendan Sieve; (front row) Mattie Ingebretson, Grace Griffin, Kendra Sukke, Courtney Wo...
Carolers will soon don gay apparel!
October 5, 2012 - 12:00am
October 3, 2012
On Wednesday, September 19, 10th through 12th grade students at Jefferson High School in Alexandria attended a Texting and Driving Campaign. The students watched a video on the dangers of texting and driving called It Can Wait during EXCEL. Students were also given an opportunity to sign a banner during lunch, pledging not to text and drive. This banner will be hung in the entryway of Jefferson High School. (Contributed photo)
Students pledge not to text and drive
October 3, 2012 - 12:00am
July 25, 2012
Campers discovered the world of critters and bugs at a recent 4-H Day Camp on July 18. Rain caused the location to move from Park Osagi on Lake Osakis, but it didn't put a damper on the kids' fun. As they learned about "creepy crawlies," day campers eagerly explored the bugs. Throughout the day, they made a huge web (pictured), spiders and butterflies and played games. Inside the web, campers ate lunch and read books from the Douglas County Library. The next day camp, set for August 1 in Evansville, will...
Campers experience 'creepy crawlies' at 4-H Day Camp
July 25, 2012 - 12:00am
July 11, 2012
Recently, nine students in grades 4-7 spent the week learning how to sew at a community education class taught by Jodi Hintzen, the Douglas County Extension 4-H Program coordinator. The participants learned how to sew and quilt a lap-sized rag quilt and were willing to continue sewing even when they had personally completed their own project. All nine participants came back for the final class period to make baby quilts that will be donated to a local charity. Class participants worked individually or in...
Students learn new skill and give back to community
July 11, 2012 - 12:00am
June 29, 2012
Elim Lutheran Church will hold its 114th annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4. It begins at 10:30 a.m. with a patriotic service with guest speaker Pastor Steven Ware. 
Following the service, a potluck dinner will be served at noon. The day will continue with old-fashioned games and activities for all ages.
The celebration has been a long-standing tradition at Elim Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome. (Echo Press photo)
114th annual 4th of July Celebration
June 29, 2012 - 12:00am
June 27, 2012
Lake Mary Troopers 4-H Club participated in a community pride project at Nordic Meadow Apartments complex, for young adults with disabilities, in Alexandria in May. The 4-H club members planted vegetables and flowers around the grounds of the apartment building. In addition, the members made and painted bluebird and wood duck houses, which they put up around the property. The 4-H members are pictured with one of the bluebird houses that they made. Elden's Fresh Foods donated plants, and Viking Sportsmen ...
'Troopers' take pride in community
June 27, 2012 - 12:00am
June 20, 2012
The Alexandria Marching Band had a successful outing last weekend, performing in two parades on Saturday, June 16.  First the band marched in the Owatonna Parade earning a 3rd place finish in class AA.  The band scored a 77.25 at Owatonna, which was its first parade of the season. That evening the band marched in the Buffalo Parade and won Grand Championship honors with a score of 79.9 out of a field of 14 bands. The band will serve as the host band this weekend for the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexan...
Marching band captures top honors
June 20, 2012 - 12:00am
June 8, 2012
Pictured are dancers enjoying last year's "Sock Drop." First Congregational United Church of Christ will host another "Sock Drop" street dance on Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. located in the church parking lot between 6th and 7th avenues off Elm Street in Alexandria. The dance will help benefit the Douglas County Salvation Army. Sabrina of Sound Force DJ Service will provide music along with Jennifer Maloney, Runestone Rockettes and local youth. Admission is a donation of new socks or personal ...
First Congregational UCC to host street dance
June 8, 2012 - 12:00am
May 30, 2012
Ecumen Bethany Community Day Services featured "Glamour Shots" Friday afternoon. Ladies and gentlemen were pampered with makeup, hair styling and formal attire before having their photos taken. (Echo Press photo by Lowell Anderson)
In the spotlight
May 30, 2012 - 12:00am
May 23, 2012
The Jefferson High School (JHS) Choral Program will receive a commendation from the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) of Minnesota in observance of the organization's 50-year anniversary. Dr. Stephen Fuller will make a brief presentation near the end of the JHS Spring Concert, which is set for Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the JHS gymnasium. Murrae Freng, who served as director of the program from 1952 to 1965 and was a founding member of the ACDA of Minnesota, and Les Dehlin, who served ...
JHS Choral Program receives commendation
May 23, 2012 - 12:00am
May 16, 2012
Pictured left to right are Shirley (Wahlin) Hart of Las Vegas, Nevada; Hermina (Johnson) Wahlin of Evansville; Ariana Avalos and Lyndsay (Ammon) Avalos of Oakland, California and Barbara (Hart) Ammon of Long Beach, California. (Contributed photo)
Five generation family celebrates
May 16, 2012 - 12:00am
The preschool's music teacher, Karen Tolifson (far right), introduces students to the concepts of rhythm and scales as well as the joy of singing. She is currently helping the children with a program that celebrates their parents. Included in the photo are Elise Kronberg (left), teacher, and Helen Maier (middle), assistant. (Contributed photo)
What's new at Community Preschool?
May 16, 2012 - 12:00am