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Ann and Ron Branch were each raised on Minnesota farms, but neither thought they would carry the trade into adulthood. "I'd say it all started by saying, 'Hey, let's try this!,'" said Ann. "We knew we weren't going to go giant and we knew we weren't going to have animals, so this is a sort of an alternative to grow food. What better thing to do than to grow food?"
At the Douglas County Fairgrounds this week, the Johnson building was buzzing ‒ and not just with excitement. The Johnson building is located near Heritage Square on the east side of the fairgrounds, and is used to house the hundreds of horticulture entries that are submitted to the fair each year. By mid-afternoon Tuesday, the room was filled to the brim with local flower and produce entries of all kinds.
The city of Carlos has been awarded a $2,000 grant to be used towards a CPR compression device for the city's First Responder Unit. It is the third year Carlos has received a Community Partnership grant from Centerpoint Energy. John Rolf, the city's clerk-treasurer, said the use of Carlos's funds to purchase a LUCAS device — a machine that delivers automated and consistent compressions — was an obvious choice. "It's exciting, but there's some additional fundraising that has to occur before we can go ahead and buy it," Rolf said.
As Carver Larson of Alexandria carried the heat of the age 10-12 Division Resorters Tournament Tuesday afternoon, his grandpa Gary Thompson was glad to carry his bag. The love of the game is less a shared passion and more a way of life for the golfer-caddy duo, though, as Thompson is the founder of Geneva Golf Club, the course that Larson has lived along his whole life. "Today was cool because he doesn't really get to see me golf that much because he's always working on the golf course," said the 11-year-old Larson.
When Dana Strese moved back into her childhood Evansville home with her husband in 1996, she got more than a bigger bedroom. She inherited her family's century-old livelihood.
For his eighth published novel, Gene Stark decided the perfect setting would be close to home. "God in a God-Forsaken Land" contains historically-accurate plot points set in Alexandria, and the extensive research involved in constructing a work of historical fiction took Stark several years to write.
In five days, more than $1,100 was raised for Haitian children's books, thanks to some kids and their coins. During the last week of June, 325 children gathered in the basement of Alexandria Covenant Church for the church's annual Vacation Bible School. The room was decked out from floor to ceiling in decorations incorporating the year's "Time Lab" theme. At the front of the room, one prop stood out among the rest: a cardboard bookcase labeled "Mission Bibliyotek Liv." That is Haitian for Mission Library Book.
For those of you who aren't familiar with my role at the paper, most easily put I'm the kid in the office. I am a second-year summer intern of the Echo Press and just graduated from high school a little over a month ago. At home, my role is reversed, as I'm the oldest of three kids. My younger brother, Karsten, is just entering middle school at 12 years old and my sister, Paige, will be a sophomore in high school and just turned 16. That makes my sister just about the right age for the most anticipated milestone of the teenage years — getting that coveted driver's license.
The Alexandria Stormwater Management Committee traded in its typical monthly meeting space this month for one with a little more fresh air — and a lot more paddling. City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven and a handful of engineers from the firm Widseth Smith Nolting joined committee members June 19 and set out on canoes and kayaks to get an up-close and personal look at the southeast watershed point of Lake Connie. "It's a great educational opportunity to see things you don't notice just driving around town," said committee member Gail Kulp.
Whether you're looking to catch firework displays, sun rays or candy this Fourth of July, Douglas County will be hopping with Independence Day-related events, either on the 4th or the following weekend. Boat parades For those looking to celebrate the Fourth on the water, the Chain of Lakes boat parade will start its annual event at 10 a.m. at the Lake Carlos/Darling bridge, winding its way to the Carlos/Le Homme Dieu bridge. In addition, the Lake Victoria boat parade will also begin at 10 a.m. on the south end of the lake in front of the landing.