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Despite cool temperatures saturday evening, around 200 people participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Big Ole Central Park in Alexandria. This is the first year the event has been held in Alexandria and more than $40,000 was raised for Alzheimer’s awareness, research, care and support. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Crowds of people lined the streets in downtown Alexandria for the homecoming parade Friday afternoon. The Alexandria Cardinal football team will be taking on the Rocori Spartans at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Alexandria Area High School. (Echo Press photos by Ross Evavold and Lowell Anderson)
They say if you love something, you should set it free. If that's true, Sarah Curtis of Alexandria must really love butterflies. So far this year she has released more than 230 monarch butterflies that she has raised from caterpillars and eggs. As she watches each one fly away — up, up into the sky — you can see the delight in her face. "I love it," Curtis said. "It's just kind of a little, fun hobby I do. It keeps me busy."
Douglas County Honor Guard members stand silently amongst nearly 3,000 flags placed in the lawn near 3M in Alexandria. Tuesday marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Students and parents try not to get wet as the cross the parking lot at Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria Tuesday morning. Tuesday was the first day of school for public schools in the area. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Like many people, I'm addicted to YouTube videos. When I have time, I love to relax with the iPad and watch the latest videos about health and fitness, guitar playing, or whatever else I happen to be interested in at the time. It's truly amazing what you can find on YouTube — as well as how much time you can waste, if you're not careful.
Two people were awoken by a person who returned home to discover a fire at a Brandon house Friday morning, and all escaped the fire. The fire was reported at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31, as an attached garage fire at 9981 Chippewa Heights NW, Brandon.
Alexander and William Kinkead built a cabin on the shore of Lake Agnes in 1858, ushering in an era of resorts, hotels and lake homes for those seeking rest and relaxation. Although area lakes still draw in a lot of tourists, the number of resorts has declined over the years.
Greg Bowen and his wife, Angela Dotty, never planned on owning a resort. It just sort of happened. About 10 years ago, they had a construction business in Arizona where they built retirement communities. When one of their lenders acquired a foreclosed resort near Alexandria, Bowen was asked to come up here to fix it up so it could be sold. "We bought it instead," he said, "and here we are." Now they can't imagine doing anything else.
A mock crash designed to simulate an overturned school bus was held on 41st Avenue west of Target in Alexandria Monday evening. The training exercise was a collaboration with local law enforcement, Alexandria Public Schools, the Alexandria Fire Department, North Memorial Ambulance and Alomere Health. More information about the drill will be published in Friday’s Echo Press. -(Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)