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If you'd like to support Special Olympics Minnesota, you're in luck. Two events are planned for the weekend of Feb. 24-25, with proceeds benefiting more than 8,200 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes as they train, compete and transform themselves, their communities and the world. Second Chance Prom Maybe you missed out on prom in high school, or perhaps you just loved it so much that you want to do it all over again. If so, Second Chance Prom is your opportunity.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, February 15 Theft, fish house theft, Lake Victoria. Theft, provided boarding service for two dogs and owner refused to pay for service when picking them up, Parkers Prairie. Public assist, civil matter between comp and another party, Alex.
The goal was simple: pick up a block and move it to different colored areas laid out on a mat, each worth a different amount of points. The method, however, was a little more difficult. On Wednesday, Feb. 24, eighth-grade students from nine area schools gathered in the gymnasium at Alexandria Technical and Community College to construct a prototype — powered by fluid — that was capable of picking up the blocks and moving them.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, February 14 Fraud, would like to talk to deputy about a scam, Alex. Littering complaint, someone is dumping garbage in her yard, Alex. Burning complaint, was able to contact homeowner who was burning a few wood scraps, Alex. Public assist, his friends left him at Knotty Pine and he has nowhere to go, Brandon.
One of the anchors of Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria will soon be empty, as J.C. Penney will be closing its doors May 12. On-duty manager Karen Brazel confirmed that the Alexandria store is among the J.C.Penney stores that are closing. The store will begin liquidating its merchandise March 5. Last year, the retailer closed eight locations in Minnesota, including Baxter, Fairmont, Faribault, Hibbing, Hutchinson, Red Wing, Thief River Falls and Winona.
The Alexandria Area High School Theatre Department has earned a star rating for its one-act play for the second consecutive year. On Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Minnesota State High School League's State One-Act Play Festival, the cast and crew of the one-act play were awarded a star rating for their production of "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, February 12 Suspicious activity, fish house broken into, Lake Victoria. Theft, from fish house, Lake Victoria. Fire, garage on fire, Alex. Assault, Brandon. 911 hangup, phone issues, Alex.
Editor's note: The Echo Press asked readers to send us their touching stories for Valentine's Day. Here was one story we wanted to share. Allison Lundsetter's father's health was fading fast. Eighteen months earlier, he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. So when Allison's boyfriend, JP McMillan, proposed on Oct. 29, 2017, the Lowry couple knew they had to act quickly if they wanted Allison's father, Keith, at the wedding. So, on Nov. 17, just 19 days after the proposal, Allison's father walked her down the aisle.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, February 9 Suspicious vehicle, at access, person one and two were just hanging out, Lake Carlos. Check welfare of person, elderly female seems disoriented on phone and had slurred speech, caller concerned for a possible stroke or other medical condition, person one is at clinic, Alex.
Tyler Hanson wasn't going to volunteer for Night to Shine. He was too nervous. But then someone who had volunteered before stepped in and told him he couldn't pass up the chance. "A co-worker of mine and a fellow member of the church I attend told me that it was one of the most powerful things he has ever done and I had to experience it for myself to understand," said Hanson, 25, who lives in Alexandria and works at Alexandria Industries.