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Fire station to get new roof

The Alexandria Fire Station will soon receive a new rubber roof. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)

The Alexandria Fire Station will soon receive a new roof.

At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council accepted a bid of $91,082 from Buttweiler's Do-All to remove the old roof, install a new rubber one and replace any wet or damaged insulation and roof boards.

The bid was lower than the city's estimate of between $95,000 and $100,000.

The roof measures about 15,500 square feet.

The bid, the lowest of three submitted, comes with a 20-year warranty. It also includes installing high density foam, new metal flashing and other roofing related materials.

The existing roof is the original rubber roof that was built in 1993. The cost of replacing it has been in the capital improvement budget for the last six years. The fund has a balance of $1.42 million.

Fire Chief Jeff Karrow said the roof has numerous leaks and staff has had to put buckets out and mop the floor several times.

Firefighter saluted by House

The council opened Monday's meeting by reading a resolution that was passed by the Minnesota House of Representatives honoring retiring firefighter Bill Thoennes for his 26 years of service to the department.

Thoennes, who is retaining his position as the city's director of public works and the park department, said the recognition left him "speechless." He thanked Rep. Mary Franson for getting the resolution passed and said he was also grateful for the support of the city, council members, the fire department and his family for allowing him to serve.

Art in the Park

A summer staple in the Alexandria Lakes Area — Art in the Park — received a special permit to hold its 44th annual event July 27-28.

Joy Wrolson, representing the Andria Theatre, said this year's event will feature 126 arts and craft vendors, 12 or 13 food booths, the return of the Alexandria Sings competition, and live entertainment from two stages.

Art in the Park is Andria Theatre's biggest fundraiser. The event in Alexandria City Park draws vendors from throughout the upper Midwest who are visited in the two-day event by 20,000 to 30,000 patrons.

Set-up for this year's event begins on Friday, July 26. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

As in the part, organizers requested police services for traffic control, barricades and cones.

Recreation priorities

The council approved five new priorities for the Lakes Area Recreation Board for the first part of this year.

The board includes two members from the four entities that are in the joint-powers agreement — the city council, School District 206 and the townships of Alexandria and LaGrand.

The council's priorities include:

• Provide an update to the LAR Board on the evaluation process of its executive director, Fritz Bukowski, by April 1.

• Provide a timeline for the completion of a strategic plan by April 1.

• Report back to LAR Board member entities about the results of a joint meeting between the LAR and the YMCA Board by April 1.

• Complete an evaluation on possible future changes to the joint-powers agreement — such as whether to include participation by Douglas County — by June 30.

• Preparation of a two-year financial and budget plan.

Copper Trail event

Copper Trail Brewing Company received a temporary liquor license for a one-day event in its parking lot at Willow Creek in Alexandria Saturday, March 9.

City code allows the city to issue the license to a brewer that manufactures fewer than 3,500 barrels of malt liquor in a year in connection with a social event.

As with all temporary liquor licenses, Copper Trail must also apply for a permit for a temporary on-sale liquor license through the Minnesota Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division.

The parking lot will be barricaded and fenced, and on-tap beer will be served at this first-time spring event.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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