It's that time of year again - the sneezing, the wheezing, the dripping, the stuffiness, the chills and the fever. It's that annoying part of life called flu season. Health officials from the Minnesota Department of Health, along with Douglas County Public Health and local healthcare facilities, are stressing the importance of getting a yearly seasonal flu vaccine.
Members of the Chesterton Council of the Knights of Columbus teamed up with the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties this summer to give those in need garden-fresh vegetables. It all began when the members of the Knights of Columbus responded to an offer from Bernie Thoennes, a local farmer, who had land available if anyone wanted to put in a garden - at no cost. A group from the Knights of Columbus decided it would plant a garden in one of the plots with the intent that the food produced would be donated to a United Way food shelf. Those involved in starting the project included Bernie
Owners of Carlos Creek Winery in Alexandria are excited about this year's Minnesota Food and Wine Festival, which features the annual fun, and sometimes messy, Grape Stomp. The event is set for this weekend, Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13 at the winery, located along County Road 34, north of Alexandria. There are 139 vendors at this year's event and festival-goers can listen to seven different musical groups on three different stages. The hours for this year's festival are different than in years past, noted Tami Bredeson, who owns Carlos Creek Winery with her husband, Ki
It's that time of year again when homeowners on area lakes are beginning to pull their docks, lifts and other equipment out of the water. But this year, lakeshore property owners on several area lakes - L'Homme Dieu, Carlos, Darling, Geneva, Victoria, Jessie and Alvin - need to keep a watchful eye on everything they bring in. Every nook and cranny needs to be inspected for an invasive species - zebra mussels - that have found their way into two area lakes. A Lake L'Homme Dieu resident on Robinson's Bay, which is on the southwest corner of the lake, notified the Department of Natural Resourc
In a joint effort with four other counties, Douglas County Public Health applied for, and received, a grant to help fight chronic disease. The $770,000 grant was awarded to Douglas County Public Health, which partnered with Mid-State Community Health Board that also includes the counties of Grant, Stevens, Traverse and Pope. There were financial incentives if counties joined together to apply for the grant money, said Douglas County Public Health Director Sandy Tubbs. In a nation-leading effort to reduce chronic disease, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) awarded 39 grants to communit
It appears the city of Alexandria is on board for a new joint Law Enforcement Center (LEC) for the Alexandria Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Although no action was taken at a joint meeting between Alexandria City Council members and Douglas County commissioners Monday night, council members openly said they would vote yes for the project. Nearly 20 city and county officials attended the work session, including all five council members, the mayor, all five county commissioners, the police chief and the sheriff, along with attorneys from both the city and the county
When one drug leaves, another one almost always replaces it. For instance, methamphetamine, or meth, as it is often referred to, was the drug of choice not that long ago. But the use of meth has since slowed down. "A lot of people were arrested and we were hard on them," said Scot Umlauf, special agent in charge for the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force. "The use of meth in this area has dramatically been reduced." Since the decline in meth, there has been an increase in the use of cocaine.
With one Douglas County road construction project pretty much completed, another one is under way. County Roads 9 and 13 in Carlos are being reconstructed. The work being done on these two roads is similar to the work that was just completed on County Roads 11 and 42, according to Dave Robley, Douglas County Public Works director. The city of Carlos, said Robley, is replacing its water main, while the county is reconstructing the roads.
A conditional use permit was granted for a meat market, bait shop and off-sale liquor store along Highway 29 South near Forada. A permit was also granted to allow a gravel pit near the Douglas/Otter Tail County Line north of Lake Miltona. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received an approval for a donation from North Ambulance. Douglas County Public Works received the go-ahead to purchase an electric forklift. All of this and more took place at a three-hour long Douglas County Board meeting Tuesday morning. Conditional use permits In a 5-0 vote, the board approved the conditional use
Dan Mahar grew up in Chicago in the 1960s listening to what he called "good music" on the radio. He loved the sounds of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page with Led Zeppelin and "Motown stuff." Mahar, who now lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will be the featured musician at Sixth Avenue Wine and Ale in downtown Alexandria this weekend. He will perform Friday, August 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. and again on Saturday, August 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. Mahar is excited about his new CD coming out. The release date has been set for November 9.