"I read one time in an American Red Cross newsletter that some of the blood that the Gray Ladies collected went to a mother and her twin daughters who were born premature," noted Ruth Steidl, an Alexandria resident and member of the Alexandria Area Gray Ladies. "Without the blood they wouldn't have grown to be the beautiful, healthy girls they are today." It is powerful stories such as this that caused many individuals to join Gray Ladies groups through the years. The Gray Ladies of the American Red Cross was founded in 1918 in Washington, D.C.
The new District 206 high school in Alexandria will be energy efficient due to a decision made at the most recent school board meeting. At the meeting held on Monday, November 21, the District 206 School Board voted unanimously to pursue LEED certification for the high school project. The school would be the first one in Alexandria to receive this certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design, is the national standard for design, construction and operation of high performance "green" buildings.
In the pursuit of peace - a young woman's travels help her better understand people. "I want to feel that at some point I was able to start a ripple effect," said BrieAnn West. The ambitious young woman exudes maturity beyond her years and has a passport that would rival that of any jetsetter's. But her many international trips weren't taken for pleasure. They were taken in the hopes of getting the ripple effect started, leading to the ultimate goal of world peace. West is a positive thinker who believes that peace is possible. "I take this belief everywhere in my life.
By asking three simple questions, Darlene Lewis of Alexandria saved herself $7,000. One October morning, the 77-year-old woman received a phone call from someone claiming to be her grandson, Josh. "Hi, Grandma, this is Josh," the person on the other end of the line said.
Making beautiful music in a noisy world A Man with Asperger's syndrome focuses on the positives The television musical comedy-drama Glee recently added a character, Sugar Motta, who says whatever she wants, but is quick to assert that she has "self-diagnosed Asperger's." Andrew Kaczrowski of Alexandria knows first-hand that the reality of Asperger's syndrome is much different than what is lightly depicted on the TV show. Kaczrowski has Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others.
In almost 14 years on the job as a Minnesota state trooper, Sergeant Jesse Grabow has never experienced anything like what happened last Thursday afternoon. Grabow was driving west on Interstate 94 near Alexandria when the car in front of him started to drift off the road. That particular stretch of I-94 splits Lake Latoka, and Grabow could only watch as the car, still going as fast as 70 miles per hour, hit the approach toward the lake. The car sailed high into the air before landing in the water. "I've seen my share of rollovers," Grabow said.
In the 23 years I have been away from my parents' farm, I have owned several dogs, some cats, a guinea pig, a chinchilla, fish, three goats and now chickens. With the exception of a few of the dogs, none have captured my heart as much as the chickens. I'm not exactly sure how that happened - considering I was a little upset when they arrived. It was just after the tornado that ripped through the countryside in 2010 that we became the proud owners of two ordinary chickens. And no, they didn't end up on our property by way of twisting winds.
It is estimated that 320,000 Americans die each year from sudden cardiac arrest - more than car crashes, firearms, house fires and AIDs combined. Of the 325,000 victims of sudden cardiac arrest, only about 5 percent survive. Across the nation, organizations such as Take Heart Minnesota are educating and training students and adults in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - a technique that can be used to help, and - in most cases - save a sudden cardiac arrest victim's life. Medical personnel from North Memorial Hospital recently trained and educated students at Jefferson High School in Alex
If dedication was something that could be gauged by the clothing a person wears, then Doug Swenson's Vikings sweatshirt and Twins hat may have been a good indication of his dedicated nature. But, his commitment could also be illustrated by the 22 years he has put into his employment at Mike's Car Wash in Alexandria. Most people who have gone through the automatic wash at Mike's Car Wash have likely been beckoned forward and received a quick efficient drying job by Swenson.
Tia Grim had a great idea, but her husband, Luke, had other plans when it came to experiencing the birth of their third child while he was stationed in Kuwait as an Army first sergeant. As they prepared for the birth of a new baby, the couple made a decision to use Skype as a way for Luke to be part of the birth. "We knew going into the deployment that he would most likely not be able to come home for the birth," Tia explained, "But, I knew welcoming another child into the world isn't just a special moment for me, but also for him.