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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)
Lauren, Asho, and Elliette Utect (left to right) play in a leaf pile during the annual Fall Festival at Lake Carlos State Park Saturday Morning. The children, who are from Texas, were visiting the park with their grandparents who live in Alexandria. Other activities at the Fall Festival included archery, apple bobbing and fall arts and crafts. Fall colors are nearly at their peak at Lake Carlos State Park.
Way back in another life (about 20-some years ago), I used to be a carpenter and construction worker. Of course, I still am when something needs fixing or building around the house. You just can't get away from it, I guess. In any case, when you spend your day measuring, cutting and trying to make things fit, it's inevitable that you come up with some interesting and strange ways of communicating lengths and amounts.
Special Olympics athlete Julie Schmidt (left) lifts a medicine ball as part of a circuit training workout at Crossfit Allectus in Alexandria Saturday morning. The event included Special Olympics athletes and their unified partners, as well as members of Crossfit Allectus. A flag football scrimmage against Crossfit Allectus, followed by a car wash fundraiser for Special Olympics, was originally planned but was cancelled due to rain. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)
This is what the eclipse looked like around 1:05 p.m. when viewed through thick clouds.
The Civil War was a sad, dark time for all Americans. It was a time when we fought against each other and tested the resolve of the country to stay one group of united states. The war cost us the lives of 620,000 Americans. However, in the end, our resolve was strengthened and we remained one country.
I used to enjoy a good thunderstorm. Watching the falling rain and flashing lightning from safe inside our home or under the cover of a porch was an exciting display of the power of nature. Even though our home for much of my latter childhood was a trailer house with no basement, I don't really remember feeling threatened or vulnerable. But it seems so different now.
Children scramble to catch flying discs and candy during the annual Millerville Butter Days Festival Saturday afternoon. Other events throughout the day included pig races, a butter carving contest, pork chop feed and coloring contest. The weekend's activities conclude with a church bazaar, dinner and games on Sunday at Our Lady of Seven Dolors church. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)
For the fourth year in a row, Alexandria is barricading Broadway Friday night for its annual "Party in the Street." Begun as a way to celebrate the end of downtown construction, the party has taken on a life of its own. The Pioneer Power Club bringing tractors is new this year, as is karaoke from 4-7 p.m. in front of Raapers. A family zone from 4-8 p.m. will include bouncy houses, an inflatable hockey goal and a taekwondo board-breaking demonstration.