Their bats are ready and their gloves oiled. Their teammates have been chosen and numbers picked. They have chosen their batters, pitchers, outfielders, infielders, basemen and umpires. Now all they need are the fans to clap and cheer them on. The Alexandria Fire Department and Douglas County Law Enforcement will be hosting a charity softball game this year - instead of the usual broomball tournament. The softball game will take place on Wednesday, August 5 at Knute Nelson Ball Field. The game starts at 5 p.m.
With school just a little over a month away, students will be putting their noses back to the grindstone. They've been there before - scoring well on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments-Series II (MCA-II) Science Tests last spring. In Alexandria School District 206, 887 students in 5th, 8th and 10th grades took the test.
Since the end of June, zebra mussels have only been found in one lake on Alexandria's chain of lakes - Lake L'Homme Dieu. When the discovery was made, the lake was immediately added to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) infested waters list. Since that time, zebra mussels have not been found in any other lake on the chain. However, last week, the DNR designated six more lakes, which are connected to Lake L'Homme Dieu, as infested waters. The lakes in Douglas County that have now been added to the state register with the infested waters designation include L'Homme Dieu, Car
It's that time of year when the beaches are full, resorts are busy, parks are plentiful with picnickers and Douglas County Public Health is hoping everyone is thinking about getting their flu shots. Although the upcoming flu season probably isn't at the forefront of people's minds, it should be. This year could be a doozy. "We are anticipating an extremely busy fall," said Sandy Tubbs, director of Douglas County Public Health.
Like a giant jigsaw puzzle, all the pieces are falling in place for Alexandria's new school - Woodland Elementary. At Monday night's regular meeting, Alexandria School District 206 board members were given a tour of the nearly completed facility by Deb Metz and Troy Miller, both from DLR Group, the architectural firm in charge of the project. The majority of the building is finished and is beginning to fill up with school supplies and furniture.
Although it wasn't on the agenda and no board action was taken, the topic of a new joint Law Enforcement Center (LEC) was a big part of the discussion at Tuesday's regular Douglas County board meeting. John McNamara from Wold Architects and Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen addressed the five-member board about the proposed joint LEC, which would house the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Alexandria Police Department. McNamara talked about the size of the proposed building, which totals 57,500 square feet.
Even though school is out for the summer, students are receiving high marks. Recently, the state released test scores for students who took the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments-Series II (MCA-II). The tests were administered in the spring of this year to students statewide in grades 3-8 (reading and math), 10 (reading) and 11 (math). According to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), math and reading MCA-II test scores increased or stayed relatively the same for most grades statewide. The biggest increase, however, was for 11th graders who took the math test.
A decision regarding where Douglas County should send its juvenile offenders was made during a special board meeting Monday morning. In a 5-0 vote, Douglas County Commissioners decided to keep sending its juveniles to the West Central Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Moorhead and commit to 2.5 beds per month. Barry Steen, who is the director of the juvenile detention center in Moorhead, along with two Clay County commissioners, Kevin Campbell and Grant Weyland, spoke on behalf of the detention center during the meeting. At its last regular board meeting, Douglas County commissioners vo
Three Douglas County residents. Three types of cancer. Three survivors. One goal. The American Cancer Society's 25th annual Relay for Life will take place this Friday, July 10 at Citizen's Field in Alexandria. The fundraising event will begin at 6 p.m., Friday and will run through 6 a.m., Saturday, July 11. The honorees for this year's event are Barb Russell, Cody Saurdiff and Alex Eggert - all residents of Douglas County.
The ground was broken Monday morning on a project that has been in the works for several years. The traditional groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Douglas County Jail at its new site along 3rd Avenue West - where Douglas County Public Works used to be - with Douglas County commissioners and representatives from Contegrity Group, Inc., the construction management firm working on the project. "I am glad this project is finally under way," said Bev Bales, Douglas County board chair, "It can be put to rest for now and we [the commissioners] can work on other issues." Bales expects the n