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.
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.
"Tell your boys, thank you." Darlene Lewis-Lucas of Alexandria has heard that a lot and never tires of hearing it. She also won't hesitate to talk about her three Marine sons and three Marine grandsons. At age 77, Darlene has a lot to be proud of and having six Marines in her family is one of them. She has seven children and three of her boys served in the Marines.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects 3 million Americans - 300,000 of which are children younger than age 15. Hannah Poshek, a 7-year-old from Glenwood, was diagnosed with epilepsy in May 2005. The disorder causes abnormal activity in brain cells resulting in seizures (see related sidebar). At the time of diagnosis, she was having anywhere from 50 to 100 seizures a day. Her father, Chris Poshek, and his two sisters, Melissa Poshek and Barb Poshek, also have epilepsy. During the past six years, Hannah has seen two neurologists and has been through many medication changes.
A while back, I asked my friends on Facebook a question. It read: "You know how smells can bring you to a memory in your past (even childhood). Name a smell and the memory it brings you back to." The answers I received included fresh cut alfalfa hay, homemade bread, lake water, pork chops and my mom's accordion case. The memories that accompanied those smells were endearing and made me think of things I had forgotten.
Andrew Rustad's 6th grade class at St. Mary's School in Alexandria found a different way to give during the holiday season. A parent of one of Rustad's students brought a World Vision magazine to him. The teacher discussed with the class how helping World Vision could be incorporated into the Advent season of giving. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that works with children, families and their communities in more than 100 countries worldwide.