Here's a quick look at the highlights of the Alexandria City Council meeting Monday night: Proclaimed February 11-17 as Random Acts of Kindness Week. Proclaimed April 29-May 4 as Habitat for Humanity Week. Authorized Street Commissioner Bryan Bjorgaard to sell a 1984 Gallion motorgrader and purchase a 1997 motorgrader from Ziegler Cat in Fergus Falls for $117,500. Called for bids to resurface the slick and peeling floor in the apparatus room at the Alexandria Fire Station.
A 17-year-old boy's rocky relationship with his stepfather combined with frustration over household chore assignments led to a shooting Monday night, say Douglas County authorities. On Wednesday, Andrew Paul Bennewitz of Alexandria was charged with attempted first-degree murder of his stepfather, James Blenker. The Douglas County Attorney's Office also filed a motion to try Bennewitz as an adult. Here's what authorities say happened on the night of the shooting, according to the criminal complaint: A 911 caller identifying himself as Andrew Bennewitz told a Douglas County dispatcher that h
Signs aren't what they used to be. Now they flash and blink in bright colors, displaying pictures and even video. The Alexandria City Council is worried the signs could distract drivers and lead to crashes. At the same time, they don't want to squelch free speech and they want more time to study the ramifications of placing tighter restrictions on electronic signs. So on Monday night, the council followed the recommendation of its planning commission and placed a 90-day moratorium on any more electronic changeable signs going up in the city.
Two days are all that's left of 2006. For some, that's long enough. In Douglas County, the year was marred by violence - two murder trials came to a conclusion; tragedy - a string of four fatal car crashes occurred in 11 days; and upheaval - many community leaders retired, moved on or were voted out of office, and soldiers left for war overseas. In what has become an annual tradition, the Echo Press editorial staff ranked the "top 10" stories of 2006 as follows: TOP 10 STORIES OF 2006 1. Jail debate 2. Iraq war 3. Meth impact 4. County tries to control news 5.
I was recently asked to speak at a meeting of the Alexandria Women's Club. The club wanted to know more about the newspaper's role in the community and my responsibilities as editor. I'm not much of a public speaker but the members seemed interested in what I was saying and thanked me for helping them understand the paper a little better.
What makes Alexandria a special place? How should it grow? Where should its parks be? How about its roads? Where should new ones be built?
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