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Celebrate Minnesota’s rich connection with Scandinavia at the Mai Fest on Saturday, May 19 at the Runestone Museum in Alexandria. Syttende Mai, which means the 17th of May, is Norway’s Constitution Day and its most celebrated holiday. The Mai Fest will include traditional Scandinavian food, ice cream, music, games, Viking jewelry making, rosemaling and more. The event will be held from from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year's extremely late-arriving spring has left most residents of the Alexandria lakes country more eager than normal in their anticipation of the ice leaving area lakes. However, as some lake owners discovered this past week, sometimes it moves a little too quickly and in the wrong direction. Darlene Lucas, who lives on the north end of Lake Mary to the southwest of Alexandria, experienced the power of moving ice Monday night after several days of strong southerly winds.
The Alexandria, Garfield and Carlos fire departments were called to a grass fire at about 10:30 a.m. Friday near Carlos Creek Winery and Oakwood terrace. The fire, which burned part of a field, was located southwest of Carlos Creek Winery along County Road 34. The grassfire burned up to the fenceline of the Oakwood Terrace neighborhood. As of about 11 a.m. the fire was mostly extinguished and crews were just mopping up a few spots.
I hate it when bad things happen. There I am, minding my own business, with all my plans for how life should be, and then — WHAM — something unexpected intrudes into my life and throws me off track. As annoying as this can be, I've come to realize something: These intrusions are a part of life, they are not abnormal, and I really should learn to expect them.
Although it looked more like winter than spring, several area golfers found a way to beat Mother Nature and get a head start on spring at the Scott Dirck Golf Academy in Alexandria Friday afternoon. “It’s a wonderful opportunity,” said Brandon Strouth of Alexandria, who was practicing hitting balls from a heated bay out into a snow covered driving range.
Although a fresh snowfall made Tuesday look more like winter than the first day of spring, inside local greenhouses it was warm and humid — with green, growing plants everywhere. "It's nice to be in the greenhouse, especially when the sun comes out," said Bryce Brickweg, greenhouse manager at Colorful Seasons Garden Center in Alexandria. "It's great to be in your T-shirt and get your hands dirty."
Participants in the Polar Plunge jump into the icy waters of Lake Darling at Arrowwood Resort near Alexandria Sunday to raise money for the Special Olympics. Last year, 317 jumpers raised about $82,000 for the Special Olympics. Watch for more information about the event in the Wednesday issue of the Echo Press. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Imagine the frustration of trying to build a machine when every time you install a new piece, a different one falls off or breaks. That's how I feel sometimes. I have a half-century old machine that I'm trying to keep running. Just a couple of weeks ago, another piece broke down.
To honor the opening of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Lynn Strandskov and several other teachers at Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria dressed up as Olympic athletes and paraded through the gym as students in groups representing different countries watched Friday.
Justin Stallman of Donnely Fire strikes a pose for the audience during the third annual Firefighter Runway and Comedy Show at the Forada Supper Club Saturday night. Proceeds from the event go to the Lakes Area Crisis Response Team, a self-funded organization that offers stress mitigation and debriefing services to area emergency response agencies. The team serves 11 fire departments in Douglas County, as well as agencies in Pope, Todd and Grant counties. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)