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Buttoning down a big win

The winning design for the official button logo for the Alexandria sesquicentennial celebration was unveiled on January 10 at the Douglas County Library.

The winning design for the official button logo for the Alexandria sesquicentennial celebration was unveiled on January 10 at the Douglas County Library.

Madeleine Evans, 8, a 2nd grader at Lincoln Elementary School (LES) in Alexandria, was the winner of the button/logo contest to celebrate Alexandria's 150th anniversary. The contest was open to students in Alexandria School District 206.

Evans' design, which had a Viking heritage theme, will be used as the basic concept for the official button of the ALEX-150 sesquicentennial celebration.

Runners-up included Zach Paradis, 12, a 6th grader at LES, second place; Madison Nowling-Kjellberg, 11, a 6th grader at Washington Elementary School (WES), third place; Kaylee Anderson, 11, a 6th grader at LES, fourth place; and Meghan Moore, 7, a 2nd grader at LES, fifth place.

The recipients received certificates of achievement from the Alexandria Sesquicentennial Association and each will receive a free button. Cash awards were provided to the top five winners through a grant from Bremer Bank in the amounts of $50, $35, $25 and $15.

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Receiving honorable mention in the contest were: Gabe Moore, 6, a 1st grader at LES; Katelyn Niemeyer, 12, a 6th grader at LES; Nicholas Partington, 10, a 5th grader at Voyager Elementary School (VES); Taylor Partington, 8, a 2nd grader at VES; Gage Riesselman, 11, a 6th grader at WES; and John Winter, 12, a 6th grader at LES.

All entries represented themes including the old fort, lakes, beaches, forests, people, cultures and Viking heritage.

The button will allow free admission into certain selected events connected with the ALEX-150 celebration and as a discount for others.

Button sales will help fund the festivities for the ALEX-150. Several downtown merchants and other businesses will have the buttons for sale, as well as the Runestone Museum, Chamber of Commerce and the Douglas County Historical Society.

For information or to become a sales outlet for the button, contact Julie Zuehlke at (320) 763-7789 or Melissa Moore at (320) 846-3150.

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