Judging by the number of people in attendance, it was another successful Douglas County Fair. Had Thursday's weather been a little bit better, it could have been a record-breaking year, according to Dick Gulbranson, Douglas County fair board secretary. The four-day event boasted about 48,000 for its attendance, which is down about 500 from last year, said Gulbranson. "It was just about a record attendance," he said in an interview Monday afternoon. If the number of people in attendance was down, the animals made up for it.
When a severe storm rumbles through a community, most often, friends, family and neighbors help pick up the pieces left behind. Storms can leave a mess for homeowners to clean up, especially if there was damage from hail, straight-line winds or tornados. But storms don't always bring out the best in people.
Last week, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released its 2009 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) data, which is part of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Although the number of schools making AYP increased across the state - 1,066 this year compared to 984 schools last year - Alexandria School District 206 didn't fare well. The district as a whole didn't make AYP and of the eight schools within the district, three made AYP - Garfield Elementary School, Miltona Elementary School and Voyager Elementary School. Carlos Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Washington E
So the other day, I was on my 15-year-old son's Facebook page. Yes, I check his account on a regular basis. As I was scrolling through, I was stupefied at some of the posts from his friends and other teenagers - some older, some younger, some boys, some girls. Typically, I don't consider myself a prude, nor am I easily offended. Just ask my brother-in-law. But I was actually appalled at some of the comments - and pictures - that were posted. The reason?
Although no board action was taken, Douglas County commissioners listened to a presentation about the county's budget at its regular meeting Tuesday morning. Tom Reddick, Douglas County auditor/treasurer, explained to four of the commissioners - Jerry Johnson was absent - that currently, the county is $1.8 million over its levy limits. However, Reddick stressed that the figures are still preliminary because he doesn't know what will happen at the state level. He said he took last year's levy and increased it by eight tenths. "It is what it is," Reddick said of the budget.
Although trouble along the Central Lakes Trail is an infrequent occurrence, it's definitely something to keep in mind before pounding the pavement. "It's not unreasonable to think about these things," Al Lieffort said of incidents that could happen along the 55-miles of the Central Lakes Trail. Lieffort is the Douglas County park superintendent and in charge of maintaining the trail system. The Central Lakes Trail, which stretches from Osakis to Fergus Falls, was fully open in 2004. Since that time, Lieffort said there hasn't been a lot of trouble on the trail.
Changing things up didn't break the streak. Once again, the Alexandria Fire Department's team beat the Douglas County Law Enforcement team - this time, in a game of softball.
While one Douglas County project is just getting started - the Douglas County Jail - another one has been completed - Douglas County Public Works. An open house for the new facility took place last Thursday, July 30. Douglas County Commissioners Bev Bales, Norm Salto, Dan Olson and Jerry Johnson, along with public works employees, provided tours to the public during the open house celebration. Although the building is completed and has been open since the beginning of June, there is still work being done on the property. The county is working toward extending 5th Avenue so that there is an
Vacationers may not like this summer's weather, but it's been an advantage for road construction crews. "The dry summer has helped," said Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley of the road construction project on County Roads 42/11/34.
With one commissioner absent from the meeting, no decisions about the proposed joint law enforcement center (LEC) were made at Tuesday's regular Douglas County Board meeting. Commissioner Jerry Johnson said that because Commissioner Paul Anderson - a member of the County-City LEC committee - was gone from the meeting, "We won't be taking a vote today." However, a short discussion about the proposed center took place, which included comments from Bruce Campbell of Alexandria, a concerned citizen who feels the county should "hold the line on spending." He said the county should quit spending t