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Shane Christen, portraying 3rd Sergeant Steele, talks about some of the firearms and ammunition that were used during the Civil War at History Live at the Runestone Museum in Alexandria Friday. The event will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)
Never underestimate the power one choice can have on the direction of your life. About 12 years ago, my wife and I made one of those decisions when we decided to homeschool our son. At the time, we weren't really sure what to do, other than that we knew we wanted to avoid the public schools. We knew some other families who taught their children and we also considered a private school option. But we finally just took the plunge and decided to homeschool.
Krista Rehm models a dress from the 1950s during the Styles Through the Decades vintage fashion show Friday at Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria. Ecumen Bethany Community is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend. On Saturday afternoon there will be carnival games and face painting, a bouncy house and cotton candy, a petting zoo, a pulled pork lunch, a classic car show, and live music by Chapter VIII and the Red Letter Band. On Sunday, the Knudtson Family will provide a concert following a special worship service in the chapel.
The Alexandria graduation ceremony was held Sunday afternoon at the Alexandria Area High School. Watch for more information and photos in Wednesday's Echo Press .
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.