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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.
Celebrate Minnesota’s rich connection with Scandinavia at the Mai Fest on Saturday, May 19 at the Runestone Museum in Alexandria. Syttende Mai, which means the 17th of May, is Norway’s Constitution Day and its most celebrated holiday. The Mai Fest will include traditional Scandinavian food, ice cream, music, games, Viking jewelry making, rosemaling and more. The event will be held from from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This year's extremely late-arriving spring has left most residents of the Alexandria lakes country more eager than normal in their anticipation of the ice leaving area lakes. However, as some lake owners discovered this past week, sometimes it moves a little too quickly and in the wrong direction. Darlene Lucas, who lives on the north end of Lake Mary to the southwest of Alexandria, experienced the power of moving ice Monday night after several days of strong southerly winds.
The Alexandria, Garfield and Carlos fire departments were called to a grass fire at about 10:30 a.m. Friday near Carlos Creek Winery and Oakwood terrace. The fire, which burned part of a field, was located southwest of Carlos Creek Winery along County Road 34. The grassfire burned up to the fenceline of the Oakwood Terrace neighborhood. As of about 11 a.m. the fire was mostly extinguished and crews were just mopping up a few spots.