An Alexandria business has stepped up its recycling efforts - with the help of other local businesses. ORB Management, a construction management firm headquartered in the lakes area, recently began recycling at demolition job sites. The company's new recycling efforts began at the recent demolition site of Colorful Seasons, a long-time Alexandria business, according to Lois Sinn Lindquist, ORB business development. Sinn Lindquist explained that ORB adopted a policy for all upcoming construction sites where, at a minimum, it will recycle 50 percent of all job site materials, measured by weig
What was supposed to be a relaxing time getting a massage turned into a harrowing ordeal with a suspected gunman on the loose. Michelle Unger of Alexandria has been staying at Gillette's Children Hospital in the Twin Cities with her daughter, Katey, who sustained head injuries after a horse accident.
Douglas County commissioners seemed pleased with department heads and their cooperativeness to help trim next year's budget. At the county's regular board meeting, which took place Tuesday evening at the Douglas County Public Works office, board chair Bev Bales applauded all county department heads for working diligently.
Anyone who listens to a police scanner knows that law enforcement officers respond to domestic-type situations on a regular basis. This may beg the questions, "Why does it happen?" "What are people fighting about?" To find out, the newspaper took a look at domestic calls for the months of October and November. The statistics may come as a surprise. Tom Egan, Douglas County communications supervisor, was asked to do a query for domestic calls for both months and came up with nearly 50 calls - 24 in October and 23 in November. When asked if he thought there were any contributing factors to
The weather outside wasn't too frightful, the emcees were definitely pleasurable and the entertainment was more than delightful. And most of all, the donations were something to be thankful for. The Alexandria Jaycees hailed this year's annual Jingle Bells Telethon, which was aired live on KSAX-TV, as yet another successful year.
Did you know that the license bureau - the place where you renew your license tabs and driver's license - was once privately owned? It was not the public entity that it is today. Edith Kelly once owned the license bureau in Douglas County, and it was located in an office building out by the airport. It was in 1975 that it became a public entity. It's currently a state-run facility that operates under the umbrella of Douglas County. Did you know that in the 1960s and early 1970s licenses were only renewed at the end of the year?
Skating needs to make a comeback. No, not the winter, ice skating kind or the summer, inline or Rollerblading kind. The good old-fashioned roller skating kind with the tanish-brown, semi ugly skates with the four lovely orange wheels. In elementary school, I remember having several of my birthday parties at the roller rink in Willmar, which is where I grew up. We would skate for a couple of hours, then all my friends would get to go in the special birthday room and have pizza, pop and of course, birthday cake. There was always a lot of silliness and plenty of giggling.
A group of nine men from Church for the Harvest in Alexandria got more than they bargained for during a recent mission trip to Mexico. They not only helped remodel a soup kitchen, visited with an orphanage and brought supplies to families living in squalor, but the men were also caught in the crossfire between drug cartels and the Mexican military. They had to run for cover during a shootout in a border town that left at least two people dead. Because this was a working mission trip, the men did not want the tragic shooting to define what they had accomplished or the good that came out of t
Editor's note: The following is part of an Echo Press feature, "You Asked." Readers are invited to send the newspaper a simple question and we'll try to get to the bottom of it.
There are many misconceptions about zebra mussels. And one of Doug Jensen's goals is to dispel those myths. Jensen, an aquatic species program coordinator with Minnesota Sea Grant, spoke in front of a large group Tuesday night at the Douglas County Public Works Building about zebra mussels, as well as other aquatic invasive species. One of the first myths is that zebra mussels will kill a lake. "Zebra mussels are not the death of a lake," Jensen stated.