Through the donations of an Alexandria couple, Douglas County Library users who have trouble seeing fine print are now able to do so through the use of a video magnifier. The magnifier is a machine that helps people with impaired vision by magnifying text, explained Library Director Dawn Dailey, and can be useful when looking at maps or signing checks.
A brand new center specifically designed to help Alzheimer's and dementia patients is being unveiled next week at the Douglas County Library. The "Memory Loss Resource Center" is the inspiration of the library's director, Dawn Dailey, who came up with the idea after attending a Minnesota Library Association conference a few years back.
Two Girl Scout troops got a treat recently when they met with a panel of four influential women that included Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson. In addition to Carlson, the March 2 panel included: Dr. Erica Johnson, an obstetrics and gynecologist doctor; Carmen Odegaard, a veterinarian; and Theresa Moberg, an independent contractor specializing in organizational development.
Winter is never a surprise in Alexandria, but as it drags on, we may often want to forget about this one. The harsh reality was that the lowest recorded temperatures even stopped the U.S. mail. "We've had people that have worked here for 40 years and they can only remember it shutting down once ever, so it's a pretty rare occasion," said Alexandria Postmaster Josiah Swanson. The post office was still open on Jan. 30 but it suspended delivery as to not put any carriers at risk due to wind chills exceeding negative 50 below.