The amount spent on art in state buildings should be limited, according to Representative Mary Franson, R-Alexandria. Currently, an appropriation for construction or alterations of state buildings can include up to 1 percent for works of art. Franson wrote a bill that would limit that to the smaller of 1 percent or $100,000. It passed through a House committee Wednesday on a divided voice vote. "I believe $100,000 is a reasonable limit," Franson said.
This is the fourth column in a series about the "three-legged stool of government." This column is part of the government leg of that stool and is a continuation of the previous column. It continues to astound me how many politicians and U.S. citizens feel the government should get more tax revenue - just not from them. Why do we typically want others to pay for benefits we receive? I guess it is part of the human condition called greed.
"When most people think of hunger, they think of starving children in Africa, but there is hunger right here in Alexandria," noted Jefferson High School (JHS) senior Ellen Lanman. Currently in Alexandria, 20.7 percent of the population lives under the poverty line and 7.4 percent are unemployed. "We wanted to help out and make an impact on people, which is what our service learning project - Empty Bowls - is all about," Lanman added. This student-run service learning project is a fundraiser to collect money for the food shelf, as well as raise awareness about poverty in Alexandria. This pr
Dreams are the essence of life; some fade away while others blossom into reality. 2007 Jefferson High School graduate Lauren Minnerath isn't letting her dreams slip away - she's taking control and turning them into reality. "I've always wanted to be a director for as long as I could remember," she said. Growing up, Minnerath often made movies with her video camera.
"It was always my dream to work in a professional test kitchen," former Alexandria resident, Jennifer Kalinowski said. "I've been fascinated by recipes and cookbooks for as long as I can remember." Kalinowski, a graduate of Jefferson High School in Alexandria and daughter of Jerry and Carol Kalinowski, had her first taste of cooking from her childhood cookbook, a hand-me-down from her mother: the second edition of Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook. "My mom still has that book and we still make cookies from it every Christmas," Kalinowski noted.
Minnesota's newly drawn legislative districts is likely to draw a common reaction in Douglas County: What?! The lines had been simple before.
Pastor John Peshek of Alexandria admitted he would not have been voted "most likely to become a pastor." And he knew he didn't want to milk cows for a career. Peshek grew up on a small dairy farm in Fairfield, Nebraska. "That probably influenced who I am," he said.
Local boys' photo selected for Jones Soda label. Two boys from Alexandria designed a pop bottle label - and a unique one at that. Sitka Corage, a sophomore at Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria, and Jimmy Pfeffer, a freshman at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria, submitted a photo to the Jones Soda Company in Seattle, Washington. Jones Soda was launched in January 1996 with six flavors.
The District 206 school board members unanimously approved the schematic design drawings for the new high school. The vote occurred at the board's meeting on Monday. Architect John Pfluger, a principal of the Cuningham Group, presented the schematic design of the new high school via Skype at the meeting. "We are transitioning from the schematic design phase into a more detailed level of discussion, which we call design development," Pfluger said as he began the design presentation. Meg Parsons, Pfluger's associate, took those present at the meeting on a computer- generated virtual tour of
Alexandria woman undergoes 10 surgeries in two year "I loved being a stay at home mom and always being there for my son and daughter - but I can't anymore," said 28-year-old Marisa Ostendorf of Alexandria. Women dream about starting their own families and being a mother, but for Marisa, this dream came to a jarring halt. In 2005, while pregnant with her son, Dylan, Marisa had hyperemesis - excessive pregnancy-related nausea or vomiting that prevents adequate food and fluid intake.