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Douglas County youth were met with frigid temperatures as they returned to school Monday after an 11-day holiday break. Temps in some spots in the county were as low as 20 degrees below zero at morning bus time. The Floding boys who live on County Road 34 north of Alexandria weren't too put out by the cold, however, thanks to their dad's creativity. Dan Floding had wanted to build a warming house for his two sons, who are currently in grades 7 and 3, for some time.
More than 50 people from Alexandria and the surrounding area have come together to share their love of making music, as members of a newly-formed community orchestra. The idea for a community orchestra started two years ago when area residents posed the idea to Jefferson High School's new orchestra director, Brad Lambrecht. Lambrecht asked around to determine how much interest there was, and was overwhelmed by the response.
Monday evening's Alexandria City Council meeting featured some fairly routine business - a purchase request, an employee hour reduction request, gambling license requests, and a request to temporarily block an alley. In other business, the council designated November as Homeless Awareness Month and adopted an out-of-state travel policy for elected officials and city employes.
Alexandria was one of eight Minnesota cities to receive funding from the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) for improvements to drinking water and wastewater plants. A total of $10.8 million was awarded for projects in Alexandria, Zimmerman, Eden Valley, Wheaton, Mountain Iron, Shelly, Martin County-Truman and Seaforth. Alexandria's package consists of a $3.8 million loan at 2.4 percent interest over 20 years. That money will help pay for rehabilitating the city's water treatment plant and adding three filters.
Each fall, a group of students at Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria step forward to help kick off the campaign fund drive for the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties. The students are part of Chris Kragenbring's college composition class at JHS. They break into teams and go to the different District 206 school sites to present information on United Way to the district staff. Students kicked off the effort last Wednesday with a presentation to the Education Minnesota - Alexandria executive board. Seniors Jordan Erickson and Zach Anderson led the presentation.
An Alexandria graduate has made some remarkable accomplishments in the world of television. Jon Van Amber was the winner of two regional Emmy awards for his work. The awards were announced at the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gala held in the Twin Cities in September. Van Amber got his start in television when he was a junior in high school in Alexandria. He ran a studio camera for KCMT-TV for the noon, 6 and 10 p.m.
When Jessa Streich was born on December 20, 2007, her parents were overjoyed at the arrival of their new baby girl. They weren't thrilled in the way she entered the world - through emergency C-section at 32 weeks, weighing only 2 pounds, 5 ounces. But Chad and Tabatha Streich accepted the fact that they had a "preemie" and counted their blessings that everything else seemed to be fine with their new daughter. The C-section was done at Abbott Northwestern Hospital after it was detected that there was very little amniotic fluid in the birth sac. Jessa was hospitalized for six weeks before sh
"Back when I was young..." I hate to admit it, but I can finally relate to the conversations my parents started out with those words. It's unbelievable how much things can change from one generation to the next, and parents have the toughest time coming to terms with those changes. Kids live in the here and now and no matter how much you try to tell them how things "used to be," they're only concerned about the way things are today. So when my parents were telling me how lucky I was to have or do this or that, I really didn't get what they were saying.
When Annie Bartos carefully tucked away every postcard she received from friends and family through the years, she probably thought that no one else would ever appreciate them as much as she did. It's almost certain that she never thought that one day those postcards would be posted on something called the Internet and read and enjoyed by people around the world. According to her great-niece, Lorlee Bartos, Annie was a "collector." "One walked between boxes in her house," she said. Annie and her twin brother, Wencil, lived together on the Lowry farm homesteaded by their grandfather in the
Something new is coming to Alexandria - something that could save lives. Life Link III received approval from the Alexandria City Council Monday for a ground lease from which to operate a medical transport helicopter base. According to representatives from Life Link III, one operational air ambulance would be kept at the Alexandria hangar, with the possibility of one back-up air ambulance also being located here.