The house was extremely quiet. My wife, Jeannette, and I had just returned from moving our oldest son, Joseph, into the dorms for his first year at college. Jeannette took off again to do some errands. My youngest son, Zach, was at work. I was home alone. I wandered about the house for a few minutes trying to settle my mind. I opened and closed some cupboards in the kitchen; turned the television on, then off again; walked downstairs to my office and pushed a few papers around on my desk. Finally, I made my way down the hallway and stepped into Joseph's empty room.
Robert C. Johnson, Ed Rooney and Heather Stefanski have chosen very different paths in life. One is an Emmy award-winning manager of music organizations; the second a main street entrepreneur who has helped keep the Alexandria downtown vital; and the third a pediatric oncologist at the University of Minnesota with a list of credentials 13 pages long.
A new Minnesota Department of Education report card on all public schools was released Thursday, Aug. 30, and the Alexandria School District received overall high marks. The report card is part of the new North Star accountability system for measuring and evaluating school performance and it is a departure from older systems that focused solely on standardized test results.This new system was designed to satisfy the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal education law enacted in December 2015. ESSA replaced No Child Left Behind.
Any talk of that old adage about "town and gown" — when walls of social separation and professional tensions exist between a college and the town in which it resides — will fall on deaf ears when you speak with most people in the Alexandria area. In fact, many speak with tremendous pride about the relationship that exists between the Alexandria Technical and Community College and the city of Alexandria.
Emergency vehicles with lights flashing and sirens blaring descended upon the scene of a school bus turned on its side last Monday evening on 41st Avenue just west of Target in the Alexandria Industrial Park. A crowd of onlookers milled about watching the action as emergency workers went about rescuing the more than 20 children trapped inside the overturned vehicle. This could have been a tragedy for the community. But fortunately this time it was only a training exercise.