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For most kids, a lemonade stand is a way to earn some money to buy something for themselves. However, for three Alexandria girls, it has become a way to help others and make a difference in the world. Mackenzie Goodwin, Mya Stender and Madison Melby, all age 13 and going into 8th grade, decided to sell lemonade and cookies in 2017 to raise money to send to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which does research and provides treatment and for children with cancer. The three best friends raised more than $200 in one day last year, and hoped to double that amount this year.
Garfield days provided plenty of activities for a hot, summer day Saturday afternoon. Some of Saturday’s activities included a parade, a pork chop feed, a kiddie carnival, bingo, a kid’s tractor pull, kid’s water ball wars, bean bag tournaments and a magician. Saturday night’s entertainment will include a street dance from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Fire Station Bar and Grill with music by Contention.
The longer I live, the more I am discovering the importance of balance. Balance is important if you're crossing a raging river on a skinny log, but it's just as important in life. To be truly successful, you need balance. In other words, not too much of one thing, not too little of others.
The Alexandria Marching Band starts off the parade as the host band for the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria Sunday afternoon.
Linda Lorenz (left) and Jackie Smith try some ribs during Ribfest at Awake the Lakes in Alexandria Saturday evening. The event, located in Big Ole Central Park, runs until 11 p.m. Saturday night with live music by KC Johns at 7 to 11 p.m. and fireworks over Lake Agnes at dusk. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
If it seems like the Alexandria area is busier than usual this weekend, you probably aren't just imagining it. The Alexandria Shooting Park is hosting the Minnesota State High School Trap Shooting Championship. That means the park is packed full of high school students, coaches, spectators and vendors — all of whom may be shopping, eating and staying in hotels in the area. Many people also camp at the park during the competition.
Gallen Norris of Alexandria (left) works with Stevie Begger of Benson (center) and Chad Lundquist of Benson to find an emergency locator transmitter during a Civil Air Patrol search and rescue exercise at the Alexandria Airport Saturday. The public was invited to attend to observe and learn more about the Civil Air Patrol. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
It's a little scary watching the news lately; you never know what you might see. Bad news has become so common that some of us may choose to avoid the news altogether. Others may just accept it as part of life. Still others look at it as an opportunity to try to change something and make the world a better place. Improving the world is a great goal. But how do you accomplish that objective?
Flags cover the hillside next to the chapel at Bethany on the Lake in Alexandria to honor those who have served or who currently are serving in the military. The flags, which will be displayed through May 31, are also illuminated at night by solar powered lights. A “Veteran’s Hill” closing ceremony will be held in the Bethany Chapel on Friday, June 1 at 11 a.m. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Almost all students enjoy the chance to take a break from classes. But eighth grade students at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria had a chance to not only get out of class last Thursday morning, but to make a difference in the community and maybe even learn something in the process.