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Firefighters from the Alexandria Fire Department put out a fire in a West Central Sanitation garbage truck just west of Alexandria Monday afternoon. The fire department was called to the scene on Lake Taylor Road at about 3 p.m. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)
Spectators wore winter coats and wrapped themselves in blankets to withstand chilly temperatures Friday morning at the annual Elementary Track and Field Days at Alexandria Area High School. Fourth-graders competed on Thursday fifth-grade students competed on Thursday at the high school.
Ag instructor Andrew Steiner (right) checks some plant roots while horticulture student Isaac Schmitz waters flowers Tuesday in preparation for the flower sale at the Alexandria Area High School greenhouse. The sale will run from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 12, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. Money raised will be used for upcoming ag classes. The greenhouse is located on the northwest side of the high school.
Jennie Schleppenbach, along with several other volunteers, fastens together window and door headers for a new home near Alexandria Monday during Habitat for Humanity's National Women Build Week. (Lowell Anderson — Echo Press)
Area students were able to experience the wonders of water on Wednesday at the annual Groundwater Festival at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria. The festival provides a variety of educational opportunities related to water quality and water resources.
About 50 SkillsUSA members from Alexandria Technical and Community College volunteered their time to rake leaves, clean up fallen trees, install the dock, level the beach, do carpentry repairs and tune up small engines at the Smokey Timbers camp near Miltona on Wednesday. Smokey Timbers Campground, which was formerly a Girl Scout camp, provides affordable camping and recreational opportunities for youth organizations and family groups.
Couples show off their finest outfits and big smiles during the Grand March at Alexandria Area High School Saturday evening. The Grand March will be followed by a dance at Carlos Creek Winery from 8 to 11 p.m. Watch next week’s Echo Press for additional photos.
The dive team and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department were called Friday evening to search for a 13-yr-old in a swampy area next to the Central Lakes Trail between lakes Cowdrey and Darling. According to scanner traffic and a deputy at the scene, the dive team made a recovery and LifeLink was called around 6 p.m. The site was a swampy area next to the channel between the two lakes and near several houses.
Have you ever looked up into the sky on a starry night and considered space and how big it is and how it goes on forever with no end? How can that be? We all know that it's impossible for something to be infinite; and yet we also know it's impossible for it to have an end because then there would have to be something beyond that. Everything has a beginning and an end, right? Or, how about time and eternity? Have you ever pondered how time had no beginning and will have no end? How can something go on forever or exist that never started? How can something never end?
Actors portray the crucifixion of Jesus in front of Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria Friday as part of "History on 3rd." The outdoor Passion Drama was replaced this year with five scenes on different days depicting the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. The next events include the guarding of the tomb from Friday afternoon through Easter morning, followed by the ascension on May 25. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)