It's not uncommon for birds to build nests in and around man-made structures.
In the U.S. on January 1, 2009, there were approximately 2,747,459 women alive who had a history of breast cancer. And the numbers are only growing.
Seniors reeled in a good time under blue skies, during the 29th annual Senior Fishing Day on July 11. The popular event, hosted by Viking Sportsmen and many volunteers, is a day where senior citizens and special handicapped people have the opportunity to ride along on pontoons to fish or sightsee for a few hours. "The seniors just love it. The next day at the senior center they have already started to talk about next year. And if their friends missed it then they would tell them all about it and how good of a time it was," Arlene Bosek, director of the event noted.
While the United States is usually covered with red, white and blue on the Fourth of July, the Alexandria chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) tried something different when they commemorated historical events in displays - they covered it with poppies. "The display is covered in 1,364 poppies; all of which were applied by hand," VFW secretary, Kathy Baudrau said about the display that her son, David Hjelm, and daughter, Denise Hjelm created.
Little girls dream about wearing a sparkling crown and being a princess in a beautiful and exotic country. For 21-year-old Meg Hintzen of Carlos, this dream is at the tip of her fingers. The only twist to the fairytale is that instead of ruling over a county, Hintzen hopes to be crowned the princess of dairy. "Dairy has always been a huge part of my life - I was thrilled to have been chosen as one of the 12 Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalists," she noted.
Under a clear, starry night on July 13 and 14, about 700 people gathered at Citizen's Field in Alexandria to participate in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Douglas County. The event began at 6 p.m. on Friday night and ran until 6 a.m. Saturday morning. "We wanted to raise awareness and funds for the Cancer Society, and we did that.
Black cats, ladders, and broken mirrors - Friday the 13th is upon us. But what makes this Friday the 13th different than previous years is that this is the third Friday the 13th in 2012. The previous two took place on January 13 and April 13. The dates are exactly 13 weeks apart - something that hasn't occurred since 1984.
To every decision there are good and bad aspects and this is no different for Alexandria's Bernie Boesen who is retiring after 53 years of owning and operating Bernie's Gas and Oil in Millerville. "Leaving is sweet and sour. I'm going to miss all these great people and I really love where I work and what I do, but I owe it to my family to retire," Bernie noted. "I have missed so many things over the years that I need to make up for." Bernie's Gas and Oil was sold on July 2, 2012 to the Millerville Coop Creamery. "I'm so thankful for their foresight to buy this station.
Celebrate, remember, fight back - three words that affect millions of lives. Since its inception, more than $3 billion has been raised by the Relay for Life with more than 5,000 communities hosting relays each year, including Douglas County. This year's Douglas County Relay for Life will take place this Friday and Saturday at Citizen's Field in Alexandria. Team registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday followed by the opening ceremony at 6 p.m.
Each year, millions of students go to college. Some travel 50 miles to attend school while others travel 500 miles. But for Lizzie Muyawa Dube, college meant traveling more than 8,500 miles away from her home in Malawi, Africa. On June 14, Lizzie came to Alexandria to tell her story at the local Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO). "Once, when I was younger, my older siblings were pounding rice for dinner and they were talking about a country up north of us. They said that when it is day in Malawi, it is night there.