Echo Press staff
Friendship Table meal First Presbyterian Church of Osakis invites everyone to the Friendship Table Meal on Wednesday, May 22, at the Fellowship Hall, 101 West Oak St., Osakis. This month's meal will be a fish fry with baked beans, potato salad and dessert. Serving will be from 5:30-7 p.m. or until the food is gone. Everyone is welcome and free-will donations will be accepted. Memorial Day luncheon
In an effort to improve safety and traffic flow, two roads leading to and from Alexandria Area High School's main parking lot are being temporarily turned into one-way roads. Starting Monday, May 20, all traffic into the main parking lot on the south side of the school will be from Pioneer Road. All traffic leaving the school will be going out the south side of the parking lot, past the football fields and onto 50th Avenue.
Self-driving vehicles and vehicles able to communicate are on their way into our society, and a governor's council tasked with figuring out how to best integrate them is looking for members. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz established the 15-member advisory council on connected and automated vehicles in April. The council will continue the work of a similar advisory council appointed last year that studied issues surrounding high-tech vehicles and recommended policy changes regarding their adoption in the state.
Senior Center seeks garage sale items The Senior Center is accepting donations for its annual garage sale fundraiser before Memorial Day. Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, May 22. The center said it is especially interested in household goods and furnishings, small appliances, collectibles, glass, dishware, kitchen items, jewelry, toys, sporting goods, books, games and clothing. If donors need pick up, they can call 320-762-2087.
Minnesota ranked in top 3 Minnesota was named the third best state in the nation by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday. The Best States rankings evaluate all 50 states based on criteria such as health care, education, economy and infrastructure. Washington took the top spot with New Hampshire following. Minnesota is the only state to rank in the top three each of the past three years, coming in second in 2018 and third in 2017, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
Friday, May 17 7:30 a.m. Wake Up Alexandria!, Brenton, LLC, 4750 County Road 13 NE, Alexandria 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Blood Drive, Alexandria Senior Center, 414 Hawthorne St. 7 p.m. "The Improvised Life," Sam Militch concert, Railroad & 2nd Event Center, Evansville Saturday, May 18 8 a.m. "End the Silence," Suicide Awareness Fundraiser 1k Walk & Wag, 5k Run, Alexandria YMCA 8:30-11:30 a.m. Holmes City Farmers Market & Community Breakfast (8:30-10:30 a.m.), Trinity Lutheran Church, 5760 County Rd. 4W SW
Boat cleaning station to be dedicated A dedication for a new waterless boat cleaning station will be held at the public access to Amelia Lake in Pope County Friday, May 17. The Amelia, Villard, Leven Lakes Association, which has around 200 members, is hosting the dedication, which is at 10 a.m. at the launch area. A manufacturer's representative will be on hand to demonstrate the machine and answer questions.
Choir awards Colin Barten and Christian Fleming of Alexandria Area High School each have been accorded all-state choral honors. Barten, a senior, was named to the Minnesota Music Educators Association all-state choir. He also earned a place on the National Catholic Choir and the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota. Fleming, a sophomore, was named to the American Choral Directors Association all-state honor choir.
Elisabeth Michelle Leipholtz and Brandon Russell Carlson Luke Joel LaFrentz and Cherise Nicole Bau Alexis Jordan Tebben and Alex Gregory Demuth Vanessa Jane Dufner and Jeremy Dennis Lieser James Randall Kracht and Hannah May Schmidt Jessica Lee Borden and Paul David Ortloff Johnny David Juaire and Sierra Kurin Fehlhaber-Melby Mara Michele Knoll and Jesse Reuben Luetgers Mattie Elizabeth Ingebretson and Nasser Ethan Abbas Harb Duane Leroy Flynn and Monica Ann Nowacki Jeremy William Kellen and Tawnya Lee Barsness
Walk for mental illness Vikingland Community Support, which helps people living with mental illness, is holding its annual Mental Health Walk at noon Friday, May 17. Everyone is welcome, and there is no advance registration. The walk is at noon at the Vikingland office, 1106 Broadway, and will go to City Hall and back. A light lunch and entertainment will follow. Vikingland helps its clients with grocery shopping, managing budgets and medications and learning interpersonal skills, and with housing and transportation.