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Two special events in Alexandria get permits

Get ready for 'Spring into Summer' and 'Ride of Silence'

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ALEXANDRIA — At its Monday meeting, the Alexandria City Council approved permits for two special events that will take place this month.

The Alexandria Jaycees will present a new revamped event, “Spring into Summer Fest,” on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29 near Copper Trail Brewing Company on North Broadway between Second and Third Avenue.

The festival will include a craft and vendor fair, children’s activities on Sunday, car show and live outdoor music. About 800 people are expected to attend per day.

Broadway will be blocked off from Second Avenue to Third Avenue on May 28 from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on May 29 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Copper Trail received a temporary off-premise community festival liquor license to provide alcohol at Spring into Summer Fest. Patrons will be allowed to purchase beer at Copper Trail, either at the bar inside or at a temporary bat in the brewery’s patio and then bring the beer outside with them into the parking lot or street

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“Our goal for this weekend is to maintain a family friendly atmosphere and keep everyone safe and responsible, along with a ton of fun,” Copper Trail co-owner Adam Graff noted in the license application. “This will be a great thing to bring people into the Alexandria area, tourism, shops and restaurants overall.”

The other event is the annual “Ride of Silence” that will take place Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m, starting and ending at Big Ole Central Park. Bikers, wearing helmets, are invited to join the slow, silent ride of about 5 minutes around town and on the Central Lakes Trail.

The 13th annual bicycle ride, locally organized by Brad and Sue Dumm of Alexandria, raises awareness of the right of bicyclists to safely share the road with motor vehicles. It also pays tribute to bicyclists who have been injured or killed while riding. The Dumms lost their son, Dennis, in a bicycle crash in the Twin Cities in 2009.

About 50 bicyclists are expected to participate in the silent ride.

For more information, go to the website, www.rideofsilence.com .

Three food trucks licensed

In other news from the meeting not covered in other council stories, three mobile food truck operators received licenses.

Sorny B’s LLC, is owned by Brian Sorenson of Osakis; Papa Don’s Burgers and Wings is owned by Daniel Schlapkohl of Starbuck; and Colby’s World Classics is owned by Michelle Colbjornsen, also of Starbuck.

The council also approved a temporary vendor license to Bob Lorenz of Alexandria to operate Papa’s Kettlecorn.

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It also issued a one-day, off-site gambling premise permit to American Bikers Advocating Training and Education to conduct a raffle at its May 22 event at the Runestone Community Center.

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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