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Kohler, Wrobel named coaches of the year The Alexandria girls basketball team's run to the section championship game earned a couple of honors for their coaches along the way. Wendy Kohler was named the Section 8-3A Coach of the Year, while her assistant, Julie Wrobel, was named the section's assistant coach of the year. Adapted bowling fundraiser The Alexandria adapted bowling team is hosting its annual fundraiser by bagging groceries at Elden's Fresh Foods in Alexandria on March 25 from 12:30-5:30 p.m.
Lake Carlos State Park is offering a two-day rod building workshop for those interested in constructing their own open-water fishing rod. The workshop is Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, with Friday's portion not mandatory. Participants will have the chance to learn about "thread art" and do either diamonds or chevrons on their own rod during the Friday portion of the workshop that will take place from 6-10 p.m. Saturday's rod-building workshop starts at 8 a.m. and finishes at 5 p.m.
The Alexandria Blizzard had its season come to an end on Sunday night after losing a fourth straight playoff series to Granite City. The Blizzard rallied from a 3-0 deficit...
The Alexandria Blizzard will get a decisive game three against Granite City for a third straight year. The Blizzard kept its season alive on Saturday at the Runestone Community Center...
Skilled woodworkers, painters and artists of every kind gathered at the Runestone Community Center on Saturday to show and sell some of their work. The Rudy Zwieg Decoy and Sporting...
The Alexandria Blizzard will play to keep its season alive tonight when Granite City comes to the Runestone Community Center at 7:10 p.m. The Lumberjacks won game one of the...
Alexandria Blizzard players couldn't be faulted if they have revenge on their mind when they drop the puck in the NA3HL West Division playoffs against Granite City on Friday. The Lumberjacks have their number over the last few years. They've ended Alexandria's season in 2013, 2014 and 2015 — albeit in some close series, including back-to-back decisive game threes. But this is a new Blizzard team. One that head coach Jeff Crouse says is ready to do whatever it takes to put together a postseason run.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team wrapped up its winter season by handing out its team honors recently as senior Skyler Quinn took home the Most Important Player Award after leading the team in both scoring and rebounding. Quinn averaged a near double-double at 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds. He totaled 384 points this season to finish his career with 1,133. He added 215 rebounds, 44 steals, 39 blocks and 60 assists.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that burning restrictions in the central part of the state will begin on March 21 in areas that include Douglas County. A DNR release said that in the past few weeks, firefighters have already responded to wildfires in Central Minnesota as conditions for fire have increased.
Alexandria's Logan Doyle needed just 24 hours to commit to the men's basketball program at South Dakota State University when he got an offer from the Jackrabbits in the summer of 2012. Now more than three years later, he's as confident in that quick decision as ever. Doyle knew being with SDSU meant joining one of the best programs in the Summit League.