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By Tom Nelson, president of Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations, Deer River, MN Last week the Minnesota DNR announced that a boat and trailer recently used on Lake Minnetonka was found with both zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil as it left Lake Bemidji.
Time for some good news: The housing market continues to show signs of improvement, including in the Douglas County region of west central Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Association of Realtors, housing trends have been heating up since July and are homes are "flying off the market." Granted, the group has a vested interest in being optimistic, but the numbers back up the assessment. Statewide, homes are selling in 70 days or less. In our area, west central Minnesota, the average number of days a home stays on the market until it's sold has dropped 10.5 percent.
Question: The ash trees in my yard are producing a lot of seeds this year, more than in previous years. How unusual is this? Is it weather related? Answer: Trees produce large amounts of seed for a couple of reasons. Trees under stress from drought, soil compaction, or planting "off-site" may produce more seed to ensure another generation. Weather can also impact the number of seeds a tree produces.
Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County will hold an auction of donated furniture, appliances and building materials on Tuesday, August 27 at 1211 North Nokomis Northeast in Alexandria. Registration is at 5:15 p.m., with the Waldorf Auction Co. Auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cash or check with appropriate ID will be accepted. New merchandise arrives daily. Following the auction, attendees are invited to stay for a supper of sloppy joes, chips, lemonade and coffee for a suggested donation of $5 per plate. Photos are available at facebook.com/HFHdouglasCoMN.
The Alexandria Area Tennis Association (AATA) announced that it recently received three major grant awards in the amount of $59,870. United States Tennis Association: $40,000. United States Tennis Association Northern Section: $8,500. Otto Bremer Foundation: $11,370. The AATA has collaborated with District 206 to fund the acrylic surfacing of a 12-court tennis complex on the campus of the new Alexandria Area High School. The estimated total cost of the 12-court complex is $540,000. Activities director Dr.
DOUGLAS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING AUGUST 27 9:00 a.m. - Call to order; Pledge of Allegiance; invocation; approve agenda; approve minutes of August 7 (budget meeting) and August 13 9:05 a.m. - Jeff Schiffman, HRA 1. 2014 levy 9:10 a.m. - Char Rosenow, Auditor-Treasurer 1. Bills 2. Application for lawful off-site gambling, Urbank Lions Club 9:12 a.m. - Sandy Tubbs, Public Health Director 1. Consider recommendations from Environmental Health Advisory Committee: a. Policy revisions: annual licensing policy; inspection and enforcement policy b. Adopt 2014 license fees 2.
ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL AUGUST 26 4:00 p.m. Council work session to discuss 2014 budget and tax levy 1. 7:00 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance; invocation Consent agenda: A. Approve minutes of August 12 B. Approve license applications and authorize issuance 2. 7:05 p.m. Correspondence - A. Justin Song, Jefferson High School Homecoming Parade B. Petition for street improvements for Boys Avenue C. Randy and Stacy Hammer, subordination loan request 3. 7:10 p.m. HRA Director Jeff Hess - Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority 2014 tax levy request 4. 7:20 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA BUDGET COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY Through September 2013, the Alexandria Budget Committee will tentatively meet Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. in the large conference room at City Hall, 704 Broadway Street, Alexandria.
Del Mari Runck of Alexandria took this photo from the bike path that runs along Lake L'Homme Dieu, adjacent to Highway 29, on August 14. "It was a magical sunset," she said. If you have a submission for "Photo of the Week," e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at the Echo Press office at 225 7th Avenue East, Alexandria. Remember to include when and where the photo was taken.
The Honkey Tonk Healers will perform at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum (MLMM) concert series on Friday, August 30 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the museum's Maritime Gardens outdoor stage. Minnesota-raised Brian Chlian and Sarah Severson always loved country music and the outdoors. Brian sang lead vocals for the local band Foolish Boys and has become well-known for his country western voice. Sara sang lead vocals in two local bands, Dixie North and Incogneeto.