Here's how the other townships that were once part of the Central Lakes Region Sanitary District (CLRSD) are handling the project's debt: Brandon Township Adrian Ledermann, clerk for Brandon Township, explained that the township board took out a $500,000 bond from Bremer Bank and has paid the CLRSD debt. He also explained that $100,000 of that will be coming from a special levy that will be assessed over the next five years to all residents within Brandon Township based on tax capacity. The additional $400,000, over the next five years, would be assessed to property owners within CLRSD in
If you visit Kensington Runestone Park in the next couple of years, you will probably see some changes. Douglas County Parks Superintendent Al Lieffort presented information about the proposed plans for the park at Tuesday's regular Douglas County Board meeting. Commissioners approved an application for a State of Minnesota Regional Park Legacy Grant, which would cover the majority of the costs - about 75 percent - for the project. "This is the best split we have had since the 1970s," Lieffort told commissioners of the grant. The total cost of the project is $508,057 - the Park Legacy Gran
Help. It seems like an easy enough word to understand. If a child falls down and scrapes his knee, a parent will help by putting on a Band-Aid. If a student doesn't understand a math problem, her teacher will help by trying to explain it better. But what if a woman is being physically abused by her spouse or a man is being verbally abused by his wife? How does someone help? What does helps mean in those types of situations? "There are lots of different levels of help," said Susan Keehn, an advocate from Someplace Safe in Alexandria. "The best way to help would be to eradicate violence.
With all the stories she has heard from all the people she has met, Trish Conroy thinks she should write a book. And she'll have plenty of time to do it now. This Friday is her last day of work as the librarian of the Douglas County Public Library. "This is an interesting job," Conroy smiled slyly.
Now that zebra mussels have infested bodies of water in Douglas County, the Douglas County Lakes Association (DCLA) is calling upon other lake associations - and the public - for help. At a meeting last week, the DCLA decided to form a committee solely dedicated to zebra mussels. Carl Towley, a member of the DCLA, said the association made a request to the other lake associations in the county to have a representative from each serve on the Zebra Mussel Committee. So far, the response has been great, he said. "We want the public to know that we are concerned about this issue," said Towley.
It's being talked about at coffee shops, card clubs, church groups, day cares, between family members, in schools, on the news, over the radio and in the newspaper. It's the flu.
A new arts coalition was recently formed in Alexandria. Red Willow Arts Coalition (RWAC) is the new group, which was founded in the hope of bringing more community events to the Alexandria area, according to coalition member Sandy Susag. "We hope to be a liaison for the community and will focus on hosting community events," she said. The group, which was loosely formed this past summer, hosted a series of six music concerts in Fort Alexandria during the summer months. The outdoor summer concerts were sponsored by Anderson Funeral Home, noted Susag. Now that the group is formally formed an
If a woman or a man is in a domestic situation and lives in a small rural town, out in the country or in an area such as Douglas County, where do they go? Who can they turn to for help? Would they run to a neighbor's house for help? Would they tell a co-worker? What about a friend? Now what about if that woman or man lives in a metro area or a larger town?
After a recent field trip to Lake L'Homme Dieu turned up more zebra mussels than they bargained for, students in John Esbjornsson's environmental science classes at Jefferson High School (JHS) knew they needed to do more. The students want to spread the word and stop the infestation of the exotic species that has now found its way into Lakes L'Homme Dieu, Carlos and Geneva. The class was divided into groups, with students working on several different projects. One group designed a business card the students will be handing out to businesses that deal with lake home property owners such as d
The numbers are up and that makes administrators and board members of Alexandria School District 206 happy. Tom Wieczorek, business manager for the district, presented the enrollment numbers at Monday night's regular school board meeting. "Our enrollment numbers are up from our projections," said Wieczorek, who has to submit the numbers to the state on October 1. He noted that the most exciting increase was at the kindergarten level.