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Helping tots Thumbs Up: The United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties wants to publicly thank the many volunteers and donors who made this year's Toys for Tots drive such a success. Because of the efforts of businesses and individuals, more than 14...

Toys for Tots
Here are just some of the volunteers that helped shop for children on December 15 as part of the United Way's "Toys for Tots" drive.

Helping tots

Thumbs Up: The United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties wants to publicly thank the many volunteers and donors who made this year's Toys for Tots drive such a success. Because of the efforts of businesses and individuals, more than 141 families received Christmas gifts for their 357 children. "Thanks so much to those who called for families to adopt, donated money to buy gifts, and volunteered to shop and wrap presents," said Jessica Boyer, United Way executive director. "It was a busy time for the United Way and its more than 60 volunteers who were Santa's helpers. You truly signify the spirit of Christmas. We are once again reminded of the great, caring community we live in. Thanks to all who participated and chose to 'live united' by making so many wishes come true."

Seizure-smart

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Thumbs Up: On November 19, Team Hannah's Heroes partnered with the Alexandria Blizzard to host Epilepsy Awareness Night at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria. The night was a huge success as organizers raised close to $1,000 to boost epilepsy awareness in this region. The evening included mascots from the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Gophers, and St. Cloud State University. Local mascots were also there from Papa John's, Speedy Car Wash, Aberdeen Wings and Alexandria Blizzard. "The mascots were a huge hit with kids and adults," said Chris Poshek, team captain of Hannah's Heroes. "Another thank you goes out to Glenwood State Bank, Glacial Ridge Health Systems, Schwieters Chevrolet, and WASP Inc. who helped sponsor the event." Also contributing to the event's success were the companies and individuals who donated items for the silent auction. Support from the Alexandria Blizzard was also key. "They were excited to team up with us for this event," said Poshek. "A special thank you to Megan and Eric from the Blizzard. They were awesome. My daughter Hannah loved being able to be out on the ice in front of a huge crowd, dropping that first puck. Alexandria and the surrounding communities proved once again why they deserved to be recognized this year as a seizure smart community."

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Minnesota Nice

Thumbs Up: In the midst of rushing about before a big storm was expected to hit, an Alexandria mom and son made a quick stop at Walmart. When the mom left the car, she didn't notice that her cell phone dropped into the snowy muck by the passenger door. "By the time we left Walmart, the rain had changed into big downy flakes as we rushed to the car," she recalled. "As my son started the car and we settled in, I saw something perched on the exterior of the passenger's windshield - my cell phone! Not even aware it was missing, some kindly Good Samaritan found it, apparently by my door, and tucked it safely where I would find it. You have to love Minnesota Nice!"

A merry act of kindness

Thumbs Up: Our "thumbs up" about Christmas kindness prompted Evelyn Lanners of Alexandria to share her story about a visit to Mike's Car Wash. When she went in to pay, a man who had put gas in his car told the clerk to put her car wash on his bill. "And he said to me, 'Merry Christmas,' " Lanners said. "He then got into his car and went his 'merry' way. What a nice act of kindness."

An overdue re-do on CR 42

Thumbs Up: We received a letter a while back commenting on the County Road 42 project but couldn't find the writer's name attached to it. He had very good things to say about the work that went into the project. "In spite of 20 inches of rain during the crucial middle period of construction, the project was completed due to everyone's determined efforts," the writer said. "As one who has lived near the road for 18 years and travels it every day, I consider it now infinitely safer and user friendly. Its re-do was long overdue." The writer acknowledged Douglas County Public Works and Widseth Smith Nolting for their detailed planning and execution. "A special thanks to Dean Anderson who practically lived in his county truck from sunrise until dark every day of the project!" the writer said. He also said supporting contractors - Central Specialties, R.L. Larson, Eagle Concrete, ALASD and Exterior Designs - were instrumental in getting the work done safely with minimum disruption to the residents in the area. "We now all enjoy a much improved road," he said. "Pedestrians and bikers will especially feel more welcome."

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