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.
The temperature was a chilly 41 degrees and small amounts of rain fell, but that didn't dampen the spirits of those at Citizen's Field in Alexandria on Wednesday, October 26. Ciara Drexler from Barrett wrote a song and had a vision she was determined to see through. The final goal is a music video Drexler hopes will send a message to service men and woman everywhere. The singer/songwriter wrote Civilian's Song and asked the public to join her in filming a music video.
Ciara Drexler from Ashby has written a song and she needs local residents to make a video that will be sent to local service men and women for Veterans Day 2011. She is asking for people of all ages to gather at Citizen's Field in Alexandria on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.
"I'm not that great as a communicator," Harold Grundman said. But what he claims he lacks in communication skills, he makes up for in other ways. After 30 years of farming in Villard, Grundman now lives with his wife Agnes just outside Forada. Nine children, 30 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren might be more than enough for some people to keep up with - but the 80-year-old is also dedicated to helping others. Grundman first learned of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) in the early 1990s through an article in the St.
When people think of a summer vacation, lying on the beach in Florida or shopping in New York may come to mind. But for Alexandria's Lauren Noyes, summer vacation meant traveling 3,400 miles away to volunteer - in Hong Kong. Noyes, daughter of Alicia Johnson Noyes and Robert Noyes of Alexandria, is currently in her fourth and final year at Concordia College, Moorhead, working on her major in business management and communications/public relations.