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New options for Noonan Park crosswalk?

The flashing yellow light that warns drivers on Alexandria's Nokomis Street to stop for pedestrians in the Noonan Park crosswalk is not being noticed enough, according to Alexandria City Council member Roger Thalman.

At Monday's Alexandria City Council meeting, he asked City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven to see if there are other options such as a red light, a crossarm or better signs.

"It looks like an accident waiting to happen," Thalman said.

Schoonhoven said he would look into it and make a recommendation to the council.

Following are other items from Monday's meeting not covered in other council stories.

Special events

The council issued two special events permits:

• The Faith Rose 5K Walk/Run for Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness will take place Saturday, Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 11 a.m. The actual event will start at 8:45 a.m. at City Park, using the Central Lakes Trail.

• The Alexandria VFW Triple Crown BBQ Contest will take place Saturday, June 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A portion of Quincy Street from Third Avenue to the end of the club's parking lot will be blocked off. The VFW also received a temporary liquor licence to serve beer in its parking lot for the event.

Licenses approved

The council approved two licenses — a food truck/vendor license to Dean Clausen of Glenwood doing business as the Bark'n Pig Smokehouse BBQ; and a transient merchant license to Karl Urbanik of Buffalo for Southwestern Advantage, a direct marketing sales company that recruits and trains college and university students to sell educational books, software and website subscriptions.

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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