The Douglas County Hospital Auxiliary is now accepting applications for its scholarship program. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage an individual to seek continued education in a health-related field, to promote the improved quality of patient care, and to encourage employment at Douglas County Hospital.
Alexandria has been ranked as the top small city in the state for new and expanding facilities. The rankings are done by Site Selection Magazine for micropolitan statistical areas, which is a city of between 10,000 to 50,000 people, plus adjacent areas where people live and commute into the city.
Alexandria police continue to investigate a report of cash and other items being stolen from Garden Center Lanes and Fat Daddy’s Bar and Grill in Alexandria, and they're seeking the public's help.
The 11th annual Alexandria Industries' Fishing for the Cure ice fishing tournament will try to raise $30,000 for cancer research Saturday on Smith Lake. Created by a small group of Alexandria Industries employees, the Fishing for the Cure Ice Fishing Challenge is about people making a difference in the fight against cancer. At the inaugural event in 2007, 112 people fished and raised $620. In 2016, 776 people participated in the tournament, including 152 children age 12 or younger, raising more than $25,000 for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.
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The cruelty of bullfighting has somewhat diminished my long-time enthusiasm for Ernest Hemingway's works. Last week, while re-reading for the umpteenth time Hemingway's Collected Stories, I began to read The Undefeated, a story about bullfighting, but I could not finish it. The unspeakably cruel details of bullfighting made me almost physically sick. In that story, there is a long, gory description of picadors in action (men on horses that goad the bull into a tormenting frenzy by poking it with long lances).
What if you essentially had to learn how to eat all over again? This became one woman's reality after being diagnosed with celiac disease. Geannie Klimek of Alexandria was enjoying life as a recent retiree until November of 2009 when she was experiencing unbearable stomach pains, headaches and weight loss with no clear explanation why. She had experienced these minor symptoms for quite some time but never thought anything of it. Her husband, Ron, became worried enough to call the clinic for answers. The clinic recommended setting up an endoscopy appointment.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature is famous for deciding major issues near the end of each year's session. Expect 2013 to be no different. So far, Governor Mark Dayton has signed just one major bill into law, and eight minor ones, out of 3,172 that the 201 lawmakers have introduced.
The first day of spring has come and gone. The snow is deep outside my window, but the sun is shining brightly, and the soft drip of melting snow whispers, "Spring is on the way!" When the frost leaves the ground, the early perennials will begin to grow. Dianthus (sweet Williams and pinks), iris and Oriental poppies begin to push their way through the soil, eager to greet the new spring. For the gardener, early spring means planning, seed starting and waiting.
He never held public office or commanded an army, yet countless rulers, kings and despots have feared His influence ever since His life and death. He never wrote a book or discovered new lands, yet His name is revered through centuries of history. He was not born into an elite or royal family and did not amass a great fortune. Yet, He is regarded by many as the richest of all. He never led a militant uprising and was not considered someone likely to change the world during His earthly lifetime. Yet, His mark on history is greater than anyone before or since.