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IN THE KNOW

This is for In the Know columns on the Echo Press Opinion page.

What if you could create change in the world, how would you do it?
Sports and the arts are alive in Alexandria too. The Andria Theater inaugurated a new marquee that lights up downtown, just like their live performances do.
We are excited to get into our new spaces at the Early Education Center (EEC) and Discovery Middle School.
While we have a great resource in the Alexandria College Foundation Hall, its 149 beds have been full since the housing application opened.

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Communities with abundant, quality arts opportunities attract visitors and are a calling card for new residents and workforce.
The program was designed to be a partnership between law enforcement, local senior services and members of the local senior population.
We collaborated with the Alexandria College Law Enforcement program on the best ways to bring college students interested or enrolled in law enforcement to our agency and provide non-police services to our community.
This year an estimated $3.1 million dollars will be spent in the Alexandria area because of the Minnesota Trap Shooting Championship June 13-21.
Our biggest problem is where to obtain help for ourselves or others and what the guidelines are for receiving it. Our non-profits and service groups are busy finding answers.
Here is a snapshot of seven new things I’ve learned since my last birthday that have really stood out to me in a (mostly…not #6) positive manner.

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners, which I chair, approved an aggressive schedule of road improvements. The one that will likely get the most attention is the roundabout near the YMCA on 82.
In our community, homelessness is increasing and during the winter months in Minnesota, the temperatures outside are unsafe for anyone without shelter.
Superintendent Rick Sansted shares how the school district works together with others in the community.

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