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We've all had them. We've all had pets who have had them. We've all had to deal with them. So what's the big deal? Preventing you and your children from unnecessary illness is a big deal. Ticks carry diseases and reported tickborne diseases have steadily increased. In 2001, Horizon counties each reported about one case of Lyme disease. By 2013, that increased to about 10 cases each per Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties.
Upcoming community education classes will cover winemaking, jewelry making, and yoga, among other topics. To register for these classes offered by Alexandria Public Schools or others, visit www.alexandria.thatscommunityed.com or call 320-762-3310, Ext. 4272. History of the Lakes Pontoon Tour
The 17 people who brought samples of home drinking water to a Douglas County nitrate clinic on Monday all learned that their water is completely safe to drink — at least when it comes to nitrates. "I've never had a well before, so I'm kind of leery," said Teresa Day, who lives on Lake Victoria and went away with a satisfactory score and her hands full of pamphlets about well water. City water gets tested regularly, and well water should too, she said.
Surrounded by farm fields and headstones, Esther Lutheran Church might seem an unlikely candidate for growth. But as the church celebrates its 125th anniversary this weekend, it says its children outnumber its elders, and it has added onto its building twice in the past two decades. Esther Lutheran sits three miles north of the tiny hamlet of Rose City. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, it's in the minority in the Northwestern Minnesota Synod, which shows 153 congregations declining in population, 48 growing and 26 stable.
John Hughes always thought he'd be a carpenter. Wood had always attracted him, and as a kid he'd watch carpenters working on their projects. He took shop class in school, studied carpentry, and worked for contractors. Then a couple things happened. He got laid off. And his oldest son, Ryan, was born. So, sometimes a dad's gotta do what a dad's gotta do. He left carpentry behind. ""Because you know what happens in the fall," said the Alexandria man. Carpentry work slows down and the youngest workers get the axe first.
When Mari Heller tells people she moved halfway across the country to Minnesota, she can read their past in their response. If they say, "How hard! Doesn't your mom miss you?" she knows they had a pretty good childhood. Heller, 25, says she didn't. A couple years ago, when she was working as a Reading Corps teacher at a preschool, she heard about something called ACEs — something the Alexandria community will hear about next week during a public presentation by child advocates.
Carlos Creek Winery announced on Thursday, June 14, that it will open a craft brewery by June 2019. Called 22 Northmen Brewing Co., it will be the area's second brewery. Copper Trail Brewery became the first brewery in the area in more than 70 years when it opened in 2016. Carlos Creek is also seeking to raise $25,000 by Saturday, July 14, through a Kickstarter campaign to open a taproom and Norwegian Longhouse-style beer hall. For a full-length story, read the Wednesday, June 20, issue of the Echo Press.
Kensington Runestone Days is no small deal to this town of 302, where organizers say a Saturday night street dance sometimes brings close to 2,000 revelers. "It draws a big crowd," said Judi Andreasen, the de facto president of the three-day festival. Mostly those who turn out are teens and 20-somethings, she said, and the city blocks off part of a street. The festival begins Friday, June 15, with a baseball game, food and a Little Miss Runestone pageant. It winds up on Sunday, June 17, with more food, a parade and a tractor pull.
Sandy Tubbs took a phone call last week from an epidemiologist, who said an infectious disease in Douglas County had been identified. Tubbs, the administrator of Horizon Public Health, needed to set up a site by noon the next day to dispense antibiotics to the nearly 38,000 residents of Douglas County. Tubbs was expecting the phone call. There was no real crisis — it was a full-scale exercise, dubbed Operation June Bug, to test the public health department's ability to respond to a public health crisis.
The paintings dot the walls of Jean Ranstrom's gallery. Trees, nests, still lifes, flowers, ponds, an old tractor, a prairie fire. All of them were completed over the past year, beginning with a goal she set for herself: to do 80 paintings in honor of turning 80 this May. This weekend, she will display them in her "80 at 80 Art Show and Sale" at her gallery in Alexandria.