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
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.
"I write because I love to write - not because I have to," Alexandria's Becky Cox, author of Tommy the Timid Turtle, said. "When my kids are 14 and 16, I want them to be able to say, 'My mom is a writer'." A few years ago, Cox's husband, Eric, put a small wooden cube with a turtle painted on it in their bathroom.
Family history is often forgotten - becoming unimportant to children and lost before it can be passed on. But history repeats itself, sometimes in the most tragic ways. In 2006, Jason Bohlsen's father was diagnosed with brain cancer. Five years later, during the same week, Jason's 2-year-old son, Jonathan, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. For the first two years of his life, Jonathan Bohlsen was an average boy. He liked to watch Toy Story 20 times a week and decorate with stickers.
Steve Klarich has come a long way since he started a business in his laundry room in Andover in 1992. First he had to expand into his garage. Then in 1999, Rig Rite, his company that manufactures boat accessories, moved to a 5,000-square-foot building in Miltona, where it still is today. A wholesale company that relies on shipping, Rig Rite could have been located anywhere. Klarich chose Miltona because he grew up in the Alexandria area and wanted to raise his daughters in a small town.
The inability to prevent that would-be terrorist from boarding a jet plane recently does not surprise me at all. Why are so many people acting surprised? Isn't it obvious that security lapse is just another example of a widespread systemic breakdown in competence throughout this country? It seems, more and more, in recent years that incompetence has the upper hand. If you recall, the September 11 terrorist attacks might have been prevented if the F.B.I., the C.I.A. and local law-enforcement agencies had shared information with one another.