Alexandria seeks input on THC rules

The city's public hearing is set for Sept. 12 at City Hall, starting at 7:15 p.m. Until then, residents, businesses and others may offer online feedback through the city's website, or email

A customer shows the products she bought from Nothing But Hemp in St. Paul. Some of the products contain THC, which became legal under 5 milligrams per serving in Minnesota on Friday, July 1, 2022.
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ALEXANDRIA — The City of Alexandria wants to know how residents and businesses feel about regulating edibles containing THC.

At its meeting Monday night, Aug. 22, the Alexandria City Council set a public hearing to get input on THC and a proposed ordinance that would require licenses for businesses to sell products containing THC, a psychoactive component of cannabis that gets users high.

The city has drafted a 16-page document that also sets the age for buying or selling THC products at 21, establishes a process for revoking or suspending licenses, requires fees ($3,600 for a license), restricts where THC products can be consumed, requires compliance checks and inspections of THC retailers, imposes penalties for violating the ordinance, and other provisions, some based on laws passed in Boulder, Colorado.

The proposed ordinance will be available on the city's website.

THC was legalized statewide on July 1 in a surprise move by the state Legislature. This left city leaders throughout the state scrambling to find answers on how to regulate THC sales through zoning and licensing.


The city's public hearing is set for Monday, Sept. 12 at City Hall, starting at 7:15 p.m. Until then, residents, businesses and others may offer online feedback through the city's website, or email Include your name and address.

Ollie's Service gets its own day

The council approved a resolution recognizing Ollie’s Service of Alexandria for its impact in the community.

Ollie’s Service is this years recipient of the Business and Industrial Appreciation Day award from the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission and the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 will be “Ollie’s Service Day.”

Earl (left) and Sonya Anderson stand for a photo at Ollie's Service in Alexandria.
Earl (left) and Sonya Anderson stand for a photo at Ollie's Service in Alexandria.
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The resolution notes that Ollie’s and its employees is a growing, caring and successful business committed to excellence and growth in Alexandria.

The business’ roots stretch back to 1955. Over the years, it has achieved “significant accomplishments and investments in the City of Alexandria through the creation of jobs, wages, wealth, and (has) an overarching commitment to caring for the community and their families by playing a significant role in the high quality of life in the area,” the resolution says.

Two special event permits issued

The council issued two special event permits:

  • The Matt Kjelland 10K/5K Walk Run will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning and ending at City Park using the Kenwood Street trails and the Central Lakes trails. The fourth annual event is organized by Mike Kjelland in memory of his son, Matt, who died of suicide, and Mike's wife, Sue, who died from an aneurysm. At least 225 participants and 50 spectators are expected to attend the event that will raise funds for local mental health organizations. Police will provide traffic control. The event includes lives music in the park.
  • The Vikingland Community Support Program will host its second annual Halloween Parade on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. It will begin at the Fairgrounds and follow Fairgrounds Road to Fillmore Street, turn onto Fillmore Street and end at Ninth Avenue.

Yard waste and stolen property

The council gave final approval to two city code amendments – one that gives city residents more time to get their yard waste hauled away and another that’s expected to help police track down stolen property.


The yard waste change extends the twice-monthly pickup period for leaves and other debris from April 15 through Dec. 15 or until the first 3-inch accumulating snowfall after Nov. 15, whichever is earlier.

Right now, the city’s refuse collection codes require haulers to pick up yard waste from May 1 through Nov. 1. However, for several years, the yard waste “season” has started earlier and ended later than those days, leaving some residents with no available pickup, according to City Planner Mike Weber.

The change will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023.

The other amendment changes the code that regulates pawnbrokers. It gives the police department the authority to determine how pawnshop records should be kept. This will allow the city to connect to “Leads Online” that would better track stolen property by using the internet instead of paper slips.

The city will cover the subscription fee for Leads Online, estimated at $2,500 a year.

Police officers met with local pawnbrokers and they support the new ordinance, said city officials.

Soil borings authorized at baseball field

A step toward improving the playing field at Knute Nelson Memorial Park was taken when the council authorized city staff to secure a contractor to take and analyze soil borings.

Up to five borings will be taken in depths ranging from five to 15 feet. They will either be drilled or hand-augered.


The price won’t exceed $5,000.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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