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Several pilots who park their airplanes at the Alexandria Municipal Airport say they are unhappy that an Alexandria couple has kept their hangar despite violating the terms of their lease. On Sept. 6, Kevin Cunningham and Connie Lee Stich-Cunningham transferred title of their two airplanes to Stich-Cunningham's brother in Battle Lake. The airplanes remained parked at the Alexandria hangar despite the lease agreement saying leases will terminate if renters don't store their own airplanes in the hangars.
One recent day, Amy Allen's 14-year-old daughter, Anna, texted her exciting news. "Mom, I got a raise," she wrote.
The truck driving program at Alexandria Technical & Community College can take up to 20 students. Instead, it's been averaging about 13. "There are a few reasons for that," said Carl Borleis, lead instructor of the Professional Truck Driving Program. "One of the big ones is the economy is doing pretty well so people aren't looking for new jobs."
Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management Thursday, Dec. 28 Location: 2115 Jefferson St., Alexandria 8 a.m. Pledge of allegiance and call to order • Pay year end 2017 bills • Set board per diems for 2018 and mileage for 2018 • Other business a. STEAM Expo event contribution request b. Children's Groundwater Festival contribution request • Resolution #7-2017 — Transfer to ash landfill construction fund
Minnesota lake association leaders say they donate millions of dollars and volunteer hours each year caring for lakes, yet the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources doesn't take them seriously. In a statewide survey, their comments reflect frustration and alarm over the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota lakes. Those surveyed also indicate they worry about keeping up with the needs of the lakes—they say it's difficult to engage members in conservation activities and they're concerned about the aging of lake property owners.
When a Little Falls soldier's daughter suffered unexplained migraines, they called Craig McMillan for help. McMillan, who runs Dust Busters, an Alexandria furnace and duct cleaning business, didn't know it was a military family at first. He and two partners, Dean Swanson who runs Mid Minnesota Heating and Air Conditioning in Parkers Prairie, and Jeremiah Mohr, a Dust Busters franchise owner in Pine City, went to work on the family's home. Migraines interfered with the girl's ability to attend school, and her father seemed desperate for answers, McMillan said.
Pick up the November issue of National Geographic and you'll find a world map with smiley faces representing the level of each country's happiness. Scandinavia is beaming. South American countries are cheesing it. Canada looks merry. The United States? Well... We're smiling. Sort of. It looks forced. Happiness levels in our fair land are actually falling, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
The Farwell Norwegian Lutheran Church was in bad shape. Spotted with mold and bat droppings, it was decaying right in the heart of Farwell, population 51 along Highway 55 in northern Pope County. The once-thriving church had sat vacant for 26 years in the once-thriving town. It had passed from private owner to private owner who, daunted by its enormous needs, passed it along. Its bell tower was leaning and its bell gone. The first time Ted Irgens laid eyes on it, "My first thought was probably something you're not supposed to think in church," he said.
You've heard of Little Free Libraries? Now Alexandria has a Free Little Pantry. Since July 30, a white cabinet mounted outside the entrance of the Alexandria First Free Methodist Church at 402 Eighth Ave. E. has dispensed food and necessities, including dried beans, pasta, toothpaste and soap. During the fall, it offered fresh produce. During cold weather, it includes perishable goods such as sandwich meat. Like a Little Free Library, it's open around the clock, seven days a week, with no forms to fill out and no questions asked.
African firefighters will soon have more air packs, CPR dummies and a water tank, thanks to the Kensington Fire Department. "When I went to Africa last year they loved practicing CPR on the manikins we brought over," said Karin Anderson, a firefighter and EMT with the department. "They wished that they had some of those. They do not have supplies like this."