Abel Mehari is a news reporter for the Echo Press. A graduate from the University of Minnesota, he represented the Special Olympics United States basketball team for the 2015 World Games. In 2017 he earned an ESPY award for his contributions to Special Olympics MN and for expressing his life story through basketball.
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If you were worried about your phone dying while reading at the library, worry no more. The Douglas County Public Library has now brought in cell phone chargers for the adult and children's sections. Dawn Dailey, director for the library, said that these chargers came to the library two weeks ago through purchases made by the Friends of the Libary. Each station includes two AC outlets, four lighting cables for Apple phones, two micro USB cords, and two Android outlets.
Future creative minds will be competing this weekend in a Legos-based robotics tournament in Alexandria. On Saturday, Dec. 15, more than 200 students age 9-16 from around west-central Minnesota, including the Alexandria lakes area, are expected to arrive at Discovery Middle School, where 26 teams will compete against each other in a regional tournament to display their skills in math, science and technology. Next month, winning teams will compete in a bigger sectional tournament.
Sarah Fisher was in shock when her son died in a car accident this past summer. In the months since, however, she has transformed herself, urging organ donation in tribute to her son, Cameron Bolton, who was 22. It is because of her son that Fisher is a vocal advocate for organ donation. The 1989 graduate of Alexandria's Jefferson High School does speaking engagements and answers questions about registering as an organ donor. She says that the best way to get her message across is to explain her life story.
The Douglas County Historical Society hosted its annual bake sale on Friday morning. The annual event took place at the former home of Sen. Knute Nelson and his wife, Nicolina. People who attended had the opportunity to try hot lingonberry cider, soup and various desserts from local residents. The event included a mini tour of the house and classical holiday music.
Santa Claus is coming to town. Are you ready? The Echo Press is once again hosting its annual “Santa Day,” where kids can have their photo taken with Santa Claus.
The process of boarding a school bus will soon change for all students in the Alexandria School District. New technology is being tested now in what the district is calling Phase II on all buses to help identify which students are actually on a bus. This technology will have other benefits, which includes allowing parents to check their child's bus route. The Alexandria district is among the few districts in Minnesota to experiment with a new level of transportation technology, school officials say.
As a newly hired reporter at the Echo Press, I'm new to the city of Alexandria and everything is new to me. Coming from Shakopee and living in the southern metro area, most neighborhoods are a bit frenetic and fast paced. But living here, I can see that most neighborhoods are relaxed and friendly. My family came from Eritrea in 1989 as they were escaping a war-torn nation that was fighting for independence from Ethiopia. My father was an Eritrean soldier during the 1980s, while my mother went to school in Ethiopia, before escaping together to America.
At its monthly meeting Monday night, the Alexandria School Board approved construction documents for scaled-back renovations at Miltona Science Magnet School. The board approved advertising for bids on the construction plans, which are intended to address space and security concerns. JLG Architects was hired by the board last month to come up with the new design plans.