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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)
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.