Sharolyn Sievert and Tam Bukowski cruise across Lake Louise on a warm summer night with Sievert's German shepherd, Ari. The waning afternoon sky bounces on the sky blue waves as the chatter of good friends fills the air. This is the tranquil setting of a carefree summer evening until Sievert looks to Ari and says, "Get to work." Ari wastes no time; he's on alert. He analyzes every scent, holding out for the one he wants: human. Ari directs the boat by using gestures until the crew zeroes in on their target. Then, Ari signifies to Sievert he has precisely located the scent.
Since 1978, Douglas County Hospital (DCH) has seen many changes. 1981 brought more hospital beds and advances in X-ray, surgery and outpatient facilities. 1994 brought a new emergency facility and main entrance. 1998 brought the Radiation Oncology Unit. 2002 brought a new Surgery Center with numerous operating and recovery rooms. 2007 brought the Medical Oncology Unit on the main floor. 2010 brought a 110,000 square foot, four-floor addition. Kevin and Marilyn Weedman are two of the very few who can say they have seen all of these changes before their very eyes. And now, after 34 years
The lights. The adrenaline. The ball, soaring along its arched trajectory. The catch. Then, the roaring crowd. Football. Behind the glorious game stands the Grid Club. The Grid Club, or the booster club for the Jefferson High School football team, is a two-pronged enterprise. Not only does it raise money to put more wins in the record book, but it also works with parents to make the players' experience memorable. Mike Peck and Kyle Diekman are the current co-chairs of the Grid Club.
Whether sending your child to school for the first time or for the last, understanding the rules is crucial to having a good experience. To help parents and students gear up for the first day of school (in Alexandria, it's next Tuesday), the newspaper talked with Matt Aker, principal of Discovery Middle School (DMS), to get the scoop on school rules and policy. DRESS CODE An established dress code is vital to ensuring respect has prevalence at our schools. The District 206 dress code restricts the following: --Clothing which advertises cigarettes, alcohol or chemicals. --Clothing which d
When the Robertson family's bicycles were stolen from their yard in Alexandria, they were taken aback; when the community responded with profuse generosity, the Robertsons were simply overwhelmed with gratitude. In early August, Colin Robertson, 17, went to look for his bike when his car was plagued by a flat tire. What he found: Nothing. His bike had been stolen, along with the bicycles of two of his younger siblings - Colton, 8 and Sadie, 5. The crook - or crooks - had left the bike of Katy Robertson, 10, alone.
This Saturday, from 2 to 5 p.m., members of the community will have the opportunity to support a cause while enjoying live music, fresh food and good company at the LifeRight Outreach center in Alexandria. LifeRight Outreach is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007 by Mark Foss after his third time in prison. It is a Christian-based enterprise dedicated to helping men transition from their troubled past to society. LifeRight provides housing and various programs in order to promote internal growth in its guests.
In September of 1910, a humble family farm was purchased by Rudolph Jobe, where he cultivated corn, oats and hay. Now, more than 100 years later, his grandson, Paul Jobe, still owns and operates this very farm, located just south of Alexandria. Though Paul and his wife, Gladys, have five adult children and are past what some would consider retirement age, they still run the farm on their own. "I still farm quite a bit yet," said Jobe, passion seeping through every word. It's no mystery as to why this farm is near and dear to Jobe's heart: He has spent every year of his life in the same hou
Routine is my middle name. Every morning, I go for a run - always the same distance. Then, I eat breakfast - a banana and oatmeal. Next, I'm off to work for the same number of hours each day. Routine is my middle name and I reside in the serene land of Close-Minded. When I see people in grocery stores or walking on the street, I'll offer a polite "hello" and continue on my merry way. Routine is comfortable; routine is easy. However, it's killing the close-minded world that brings me to life. A few weeks ago, my routine faced an obstacle.
A former Alexandria resident and his family were caught up in the torrential rains and flooding in Duluth this summer. The flooding - thought by many officials to be the worst flash flood in more than a century - tore up roadways, drowned zoo animals, damaged houses and trapped thousands of people in their homes - two of which were Alan and Linda Johnson. "The flooding was completely unexpected. We just kept hoping it would stop," said Alan, a 1974 graduate from Jefferson High School. The Johnsons live in Thomas, just 15 miles southwest of Duluth on a reservoir that the St.
The Institution Community Work Crew (ICWC) program is a two-pronged enterprise: It benefits communities while helping inmates transition back into normal life. Since being founded in 1998, ICWC has provided more than 400 inmates with the opportunity to work in communities for low wages. ICWC is similar to the program Sentencing to Service, which allows county level offenders to serve the community instead of serving time.