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If there was a time when the Minnesota State High School League wasn't going to reimburse schools for competing in state tournaments, it would have been better from Alexandria's standpoint if it was done in a year where the Cardinals didn't make so many trips to state. "That's the same sentiment I had," said Robert Brakke, assistant principal for activities at Alexandria Area High School.
When the North Star Accountability System was unveiled in Minnesota this past month in the form of a state Department of Education report card, Alexandria Public Schools had several reasons to be pleased with the results. Two of its schools, Discovery Middle School and Carlos Elementary School, were commended on the basis of its results, and none of its schools were identified in the list of 485 schools needing varying levels of support to assist with raising its marks over the next three years.
At its monthly meeting Monday night, the Alexandria School Board authorized a preliminary property tax levy calling for an increase of $108,132 to approximately $14.1 million, representing a hike of 0.77 percent. Schools and other local governmental bodies are required by the state to set preliminary levies by Sept. 30. A final levy will be determined in December, following a truth-in-taxation hearing.
In September 1957, Frank Chan walked into the Noonan Motors showroom in Alexandria, across from the Ford dealer on Hawthorne Street, and couldn't believe what he saw: a shiny, brand-new turquoise, two-door hardtop. He had checked out other new car models when they were unveiled, but there was something special about this one. "I just liked the way it looked," he recounted this week.
Two schools in the Alexandria School District are among those throughout the state competing for school safety grants to be awarded this fall by the Minnesota Department of Education. Grant applications are being submitted on behalf of Woodland and Miltona elementary schools, Superintendent Julie Critz said.
When instructor Heather Godfrey of Alexandria asked her yoga class how many had participated in goat yoga before, not one arm was raised. It was a new experience for all three dozen people who came to a residential area of Forada Saturday morning, jumping at the chance to have their yoga session interrupted repeatedly by goats. Some were a bit skeptical, but judging by their reactions and what many said afterward, they could not wait to try it again. In fact, some have arranged to bring goat yoga to their houses.
When instructor Heather Godfrey of Alexandria asked her yoga class how many had participated in goat yoga before, not one arm was raised. It was a new experience for all three dozen people who jumped at the chance to have their yoga session interrupted repeatedly by goats. And judging by the reactions and what many participants said afterward, they could not wait to try it again.
With the 2018-19 school year only a couple of weeks away, the Alexandria School District is trying to find a couple dozen employees to fill a paraprofessional shortage in its ranks. Scott Heckert, the district's human resources director, told the school board at its monthly meeting Monday night that he recently made offers to eight people, but estimated there's still 24 open paraprofessional positions across the district. "That's a significant number to be short," said Superintendent Julie Critz.
The third day of the 2018 Douglas County Fair included a full slate of events Saturday in Alexandria. It started in the morning with the 4-H livestock auction, an all-new flea market, displays demonstrations, and wound up with the band Triwire and a $250 daily progressive cash giveaway at the Alomere Health Main Stage. In between there was an All American Lumberjack Show, a talent competition and a couple dozen other activities scattered throughout the fairgrounds.
A Minneapolis man who was arrested Saturday night by the Stearns County Sheriff's Office is suspected of burglarizing a Parkers Prairie bar Aug. 2, according to Parkers Prairie Police Chief Doug Whiting. George Alan Vanzee, 51, was being held Monday in the Stearns County jail on charges of felony-level burglary, probation violation, possession of burglary tools and fifth-degree drug controlled substance. The charges were in connection with his arrest, which took place at about 11 p.m. on Aug. 11 along Interstate 94 near Melrose.