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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)
"Wow, this is amazing! You've got to check this out!" New technology often seems so awesome and magical. But almost anything can be abused and misused. Most new technologies end up being a mixture of both good and bad.
The annual Christmas Service at Spruce Hill Church near Miltona was held on Sunday, December 17, at 2 p.m. In addition to a reading of the Christmas story, favorite Christmas carols were also sung. Refreshments and fellowship followed the service.
The Holiday Train made its annual stop in Alexandria Tuesday to entertain people with live music and raise money for the local food shelf. Musical performers included Kelly Prescott, who also performed on the train last year, Terri Clark and Dallas Smith. Attendees were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or cash/check donations for the food shelf.
Woodland Elementary School in Alexandria has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The recognition is based on the school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing the achievement gaps among student subgroups. Woodland is one of 342 schools in the nation and one of only eight in Minnesota to be recognized with this award in 2017.
Doris Burkey, Mary Isaac and Pat Johnson (left to right) make lefse at the Douglas County Historical Society Friday morning during the annual Ethnic Bake Sale. The sale, which lasts until 2 p.m. Friday, is a fundraiser for the Douglas County Historical Society. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Alexandria Light and Power workers Matt Duenow (top) and Bob Steidl put up Christmas decorations along Broadway Monday in preparation for the holiday season. Christmas lights in Alexandria will be turned on this Friday night during the annual Christmas in the Fort celebration at the Runestone Museum. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Olivia Marsh sings "May It Be" while Brian Reynolds plays guitar at the Jingle Bells audition Sunday evening at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria. The Jingle Bells Telethon, which raises money for those in need in the area, will be held on Saturday, December 9th at the Lake Geneva Christian Center. The telethon is broadcast on several local TV stations.
We've been going there every summer, but this year was different. For the past 15 years or so, our family has camped for a week in July along the North Shore of Lake Superior. It's become a tradition for us.
Snow fell on sidewalks and streets in Alexandria Wednesday morning as the first day of November brought a taste of winter to the area. The forecast shows snow showers this evening followed by another rain and snow mix this weekend. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)