In 2010, more than 550,000 people of all ages died from cancer and millions of friends and families were affected by it. But through raising funds, awareness and remembrance, they keep fighting back. The American Cancer Society's 28th annual Relay for Life will take place on July 13 and 14 at Citizens Field in Alexandria. The fundraising event will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and run until 6 a.m.
The annual Tour of Gardens is Sunday, July 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Douglas County Master Gardeners and University of Minnesota Extension, the event features six Douglas County gardens, which may be viewed in an open house format. Tickets are $5 and are available at any tour location the day of the event, or at the Douglas County Extension office in advance. The gardens may be toured in any order. Hosts will be available at each site to guide you and answer questions.
While many of Minnesota's towns become congested over the summer with out-of-state travelers in search of sandy beaches and warm weather, the 340 kids that invaded Brandon on June 17 weren't there to lie on the beach; they were there to work.
Ever since I can remember, I have always loved walking in people's footsteps. My whole life has been a big game of follow-the-leader. In elementary school I would follow my classmates in line when we went to class. I followed my brother into swimming and I followed my parents every time we left the house. Up until a few weeks ago, all I have had to do was follow. But without having to look which direction I was going in or how fast I was walking, my head has been down most of my life.
Over the past 500 years, coffee has become a necessity in American culture. From cappuccinos to espressos, about 64 percent of American adults drink coffee on a daily basis, with the average drinker consuming 3.2 cups each day, according to the National Coffee Association. Coffee is a regular part of morning routines for many people, including those in Alexandria. Caribou Coffee employee, Abby Johnson, estimated that "about 50 percent of our customers are regulars.
In 1927, John and Peter Delmonico went against the grain by opening a restaurant in New York City that offered different foods set at different prices. At the time, this service was unknown for people in the U.S. who only ate out of the house when guests were present. In these cases, they went to inns where food was served at a specific time and everyone ate the same thing. But the brothers saw promise in their idea.
THE BEGINNING In 1948, Harold and Robert Pfeninger, brothers from Villard, bought out a local trucking business. For 29 years, the brothers hauled cattle to South St. Paul, bringing freight to Villard, Glenwood and Alexandria areas on their return trip. They also occasionally hauled livestock to Sioux City, Iowa. In 1979, Robert's son, Tom, bought out his uncle's share of the company.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting applications for the Minnesota Organic Cost Share Program through October 31, 2011. Organic certification is a third-party verification system that assures consumers that the organic products they buy are truly organic - produced in compliance with federal organic regulations.
I've always been so used to having five fingers. When I was 5, I would count my age on my fingers all the time. Five was a good number. It wasn't easy to forget and it always seemed whole and perfect. I guess it was because five was the number of people in my family. A mom, a dad, two sons, and a daughter - the number was odd, always having one man out when we went on roller coasters, and never having equal teams for board games. Still, it was family and to me, it was perfect. But soon my perfect family will become four. Four isn't whole; it's missing a part - missing a finger.
On Tuesday, August 23 the Douglas County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to present the final draft of the Comprehensive Plan and receive input from county residents. The hearing will take place at the Douglas County Courthouse, Commissioners Room on the second floor beginning at 6 p.m.