When the patrons of Miltona Liquor Store were asked to participate in a challenge, they didn't only step up to the plate, they hit a grand slam home run. Coors Light, the sponsor of a statewide municipal liquor store food shelf challenge, recently awarded Miltona Liquor Store a $1,000 check for collecting the most food - 4,841 pounds worth. Mark Larson from Miltona Liquor said the establishment participated in the contest last year and came in third place out of the 123 municipal liquor stores that participated throughout the state. This year, when it came time for the competition, he said
By the end of the year, about half of the state's population will probably be immunized against the H1N1 flu virus. According to Douglas County Public Health Director Sandy Tubbs, Minnesota was to receive about 2 million doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine, which is enough for about 50 percent of the population. Beginning on Monday, November 30, the target groups for those who can receive the vaccine are back to what they were when the flu vaccine was first available.
Grant money for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, a scenic byway in Osakis, detour of Highway 55 and an influenza-like illness policy were just a few of the topics and items approved at Tuesday's regular Douglas County Board meeting. Public Works Director Dave Robley asked commissioners for the approval of a scenic byway around Lake Osakis and through the city of Osakis. Robley explained that he received a letter, along with maps and other enclosures, from Fred and Kathern Edenloff of Osakis asking for the support of Douglas County for the designation of the scenic byway. The commissione
This past summer, the state began a new program aimed at combating the issue of unlicensed DWI offenders continuing to drive - and drive impaired - following their arrest. The Ignition Interlock Program allows certain DWI offenders to regain driving privileges by having an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. The ignition interlock is a breath analyzer device that is wired into a vehicle's starting system.
"How could I not know? How could I be so clueless? I thought Joe was pulling my leg." Those were the words spoken by Brett Paradis, owner of KXRA Radio in Alexandria, at The Unity Foundation's luncheon Friday at Broadway Ballroom. Paradis was honored with the Christian Leadership Award, which was presented by The Unity Foundation. Joe Korkowski, who Paradis was referring to, works at KXRA and was the luncheon's emcee.
There may not have been a lot of action taken, but Alexandria School District 206 board members were busy at their regular meeting Monday night. They listened to presentations from a science class and an elementary principal, conducted a video conference call, approved site goals for each school within the district and accepted the financial audit report from LarsonAllen. In addition, School District 206 Superintendent Terry Quist informed the board about H1N1 vaccine clinics scheduled for the first round of immunizations targeted at children ages 9 and younger. Students who have a signed c
There wasn't any public outcry at a special meeting Tuesday night about the addition of a third combustor at Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM). The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) hosted a public meeting at Alexandria Technical College about the proposed expansion at the waste-to-energy facility located on Jefferson Street in Alexandria. About a couple dozen people attended the meeting and the majority of those were affiliated with the facility in some way, such as representatives from the facility itself, along with representatives from Douglas County Hospital and 3M, wh
Homelessness, increased fees for food, beverage and lodging licenses, the floodplain ordinance and law enforcement center were all topics at Tuesday's regular Douglas County Board Meeting. Connie Nelson from the Homeless to Housed Coalition spoke before the commissioners, asking them to approve a proclamation designating November as Homeless Awareness Month. Nelson noted that more than 60 people in Douglas County do not have a house, apartment or any other form of housing to call home. This past summer, the Community Impact Coalition, a program of the United Way of Pope and Douglas Counties
A teenager, who just left school, decides he wants to go to a friend's house instead of going home. A husband, who is on the road traveling, won't be home in time for supper. A mom, who is supposed to pick up her child after soccer practice, gets waylaid by a train. How do these three persons let others know where they are and that plans have changed? Several years ago, they would have waited until they arrived at their destination or maybe, they would have used a payphone to contact their loved ones. Most likely today, all three would have reached for their cell phones, while continuing
Even though the Central Lakes Region Sanitary District (CLRSD) dissolved nearly six months ago, it's still affecting those living in the six Douglas County townships that were once part of the district. Prior to its disbanding, CLRSD racked up roughly $3.4 million in debt, which now needs to be paid. The six townships involved - Brandon, Carlos, LaGrand, Leaf Valley, Miltona and Moe - adopted resolutions, which stated how each of the townships would be settling the CLRSD debt. The $3.4 million was to be paid by November 1 - five days ago - which meant most of the townships took out bonds to