The 2021 Senior Expo in Alexandria is back with a new look.

Senior citizens have traditionally attended the event at St. Mary’s Church. In 2020, it was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns. This year, it will be held Thursday, June 24 at 1 p.m. on KOOL-TV with an opportunity to attend a viewing event to watch with others and win prizes.

“We believe our seniors will enjoy gathering in smaller groups,” said Senior Services Coordinator Joyce McIntosh. “The 30-minute show will provide important information that will help seniors avoid falling victim to scams and fraudulent activity, which is the focal point of the Senior Expo.”

Detective-Sergeant Mike Tvrdik with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Detective James Ross with the Alexandria Police Department will discuss the latest trends in phone, mail, and email scams.

Steve Richards, CIO and dean of educational services at Alexandria Technical and Community College, will share information on staying safe on the internet. McIntosh, Sheriff Troy Wolbersen, Kathryn LeBrasseur and Clarence Wolf will remind viewers of the mission of the Douglas County TRIAD, which coordinates the Expo.

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“We knew we had to have a creative way to share this information, so I turned to KOOL-TV co-owner Mark Anthony, who is also a member of my Sheriff’s Posse,” said Sheriff Troy Wolbersen. “We asked for his help as host. He and his business partner, Jason Hirsch, have been very helpful in pulling this all together.”

People can watch from home or attend a viewing party. Those attending the parties have a chance to win prizes. They will also receive a Senior Expo bag filled with give-away items and literature from vendors.

The parties will take place at Alexandria Senior Center, Evansville Community Center, Douglas County Library and Grand Arbor.

Registration is required and space is limited. To reserve a spot, people must call Senior Services Coordinator Joyce McIntosh at 320-762-3047.

KOOL-TV provides a number of ways to view its programming. Go to www.kooltv-mn.com for more information.