CapX2020 utilities filed a route permit application last week for the Fargo-St. Cloud 345-kilovolt transmission line, which passes through Douglas County. It's one of several lines the group is proposing in the Upper Midwest to preserve system reliability, serve increasing community electricity needs and increase capacity to accommodate renewable energy, according to CapX2020 officials. "The St. Cloud, Alexandria and Red River Valley communities have experienced significant growth in electricity use in the past 30 years," said Terry Grove, CapX2020 co-executive director.
The swans at Noonan Park in Alexandria are fooling people and geese. That's a good thing, especially the part about the geese. The swans - four of them - are actually decoys placed by the Alexandria Park Department in an effort to discourage more geese from landing in the park. Park Superintendent Bill Thoennes has been trying to control the growing goose problem at Noonan for sometime now. Their droppings created a mucky mess of the pond this past spring, which cleared up after the city treated the water.
A donation from Alexandria Golf Cars will get good mileage - as a learning tool for students, a move toward green technology and a savings for taxpayers. Harold Koep, owner of Alexandria Golf Cars, donated the 48-volt electric-powered Club Car to the Alexandria Technical College's (ATC) Center for Applied Mechatronics. Students will use the golf car to learn how traditional industrial components have transitioned into the design and development of 21st century "green" machines, according to Todd Zarbok with the ATC. Zarbok said electric vehicles, along with wind turbines and solar panels, h
For the last couple of years, Pat and Phil Haabala of Alexandria have turned a little playhouse on their yard into a lemonade stand to raise money for a good cause. They called it "Grandma Pat's Lemonade Stand Day." Kids - including those from the Haabalas' daughter's daycare - had a fun time running the stand and all the money went to charity. For this year's event, the Haabalas decided to help the fight against childhood cancer. That was before their grandson, Cole Haabala, was diagnosed with Wilms disease, a rare form of kidney cancer that attacks children 3 to 8 years old. That gave v
The thorny issue of golf carts came before the Alexandria City Council once again Monday night. Grady Third, director of support services for the Bethany Community, requested the council to lift the moratorium on special use vehicles. Right now, the nursing home can't use the golf-cart-pulled wagon that takes residents on neighborhood tours because of changes the council is considering in its 2005 special use ordinance.
A key donation to the Alexandria YMCA has now been finalized. In 2008, Maynard "Bud" Peterson of Alexandria pledged $1.5 million to the YMCA as part of the YMCA's "Complete the Dream" capital campaign to build the new facility. Peterson had contributed $900,000 toward his pledge on August 16, 2008. The remaining balance of $600,000 was a challenge match to the community.
Twenty-eight manufacturing executives in Minnesota's 7th Congressional District recently sent Congressman Collin Peterson a letter outlining their opposition to several current policy issues before the U.S.
If you think the only part of a newspaper that's funny are the comics, think again. I received an e-mail a few days ago that was filled with stories and headlines with a humorous twist. Some of them were intentional, some not. As odd as the mistakes or unfortunate word choices were, they provided a smile or two - and served as a reminder of what separates us from other mammals: Our sense of humor. Sometimes truth can be funnier than fiction.
When Sharon Bron-kema of Alexandria turned 55, she needed to find a new full-time job. After leaving her position as a para-professional at Discovery Middle School and Jefferson High School, she worked part-time in the Early Childhood Family Education Center, but wasn't making enough. She came to Experience Works in Alexandria for help - the nation's largest non-profit training and employment organization for older workers. Bronkema told Experience Works about her volunteer efforts at Someplace Safe, a non-profit shelter and advocacy program for battered women and other crime victims in Dou
Should schools show a back-to-school address by President Barack Obama this coming Tuesday? Some parents and groups are pressuring schools not to show the televised live address, claiming that political agendas should be kept out of public classrooms. According to U.S. Secretary of Education, Obama's speech won't be political.