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The pending sheriff's sale of the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria has been postponed again by its lender, mall manager Scott Snitker said this week. First set for June 14, the sale was postponed to Friday, July 20, and is now set for Thursday, Aug. 23, he said.
This year's Tour of Gardens on Sunday, July 8, showcases five gardens that are very different from each other and include commercial sites and private homes. "It's such a great time to get ideas for how to plan a garden, if you want to plant a little garden or a big garden or a unique garden," said Carol Gaffaney, co-chair of the garden tour committee that is part of the University of Minnesota Extension's Master Gardener program.
"You catch more flies with honey than vinegar," a boss once told me. Setting aside the issue of why anyone would want more flies, let's talk about abortion. And gay marriage. Abortion opponents have been trying to ban abortion for about as long as gay people have been fighting for the right to get married. In 1970, two men applied for a marriage license in Minnesota, were turned down, sued and lost. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade paved the way for legalized abortion.
Someplace Safe is hoping to raise $140,000 by next year to double its space for its Alexandria thrift store. At 4,000 square feet, its space to take donations and sort them is limited, forcing the store to turn away donations "more than we would like," said executive director Sheila Korby. "There are so many donations coming in," she said. "It's an amazing problem to have, but we know (being turned away) frustrates donors."
Lake Winona and Lake Agnes, each suffering from poor water quality, have moved a step closer toward what proponents say is a plan to clean them up. Representatives from the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency "reached an initial agreement on how to proceed" at a meeting last week, according to a district news release.
For the first time since the Legacy of the Lakes Museum and Gardens opened its doors in 2004, a new executive director has taken the helm. Carol Swenson, a veteran of local history efforts in west-central Minnesota as well as in the Twin Cities, has joined the museum this month part-time while she completes a project in St. Paul. She expects to be at the museum full-time this fall. Swenson replaces Bruce Olson, the dynamic director who helped launch the museum and who plans to retire this fall.
Alexandria area artists say they're done with going it alone. Since February, they have been holding get-togethers to learn each other's names and work, to cheer each other on, and to turn Alexandria into a destination for the visual arts. They have formally organized under the name Alexandria Artist Guild with its primary mission to create a sense of community among area artists, said Naomi Bjorklund, the group's vice president. "We really would love to see all the artists in our community be part of it," she said.
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.