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A final report from the federal agency investigating an air ambulance helicopter crash in Alexandria showed pilot error as the ultimate cause of the crash. Three crew members were injured in the crash about 2 a.m. Sept. 17, 2016. No patients were on board. The helicopter operated by North Memorial Air Care had taken off from Brainerd and was destined for Douglas County Hospital but diverted to Alexandria Municipal Airport as heavy fog developed.
The Together We Dance competition brought in thousands of visitors to Alexandria on Saturday, March 10, for a daylong competition at Alexandria Area High School. The competition is organized by the Justs For Kix dance group.
The disappearance of Jacob Wetterling has been one of the most talked about cases in Minnesota history. Now it is up to an Alexandria judge to decide if the Wetterling family's request to keep some details of that investigation private is allowed under the state or federal constitution. A hearing Friday in Alexandria will lay out arguments in the open records case on the Wetterling investigative file. The ruling by Judge Ann Carrott will set an important precedent for Minnesota criminal cases.
While I was in high school in North Dakota, my dad, Bernard Beach, served on the school board. He also served as the chairman of the Traill County Republican Party. Another school board member, Lee Kaldor, was the chairman of the Traill County Democratic Party. Despite their positions, or maybe because of them, they enjoyed each other's company. They would travel to high school games together, using the car trips as time to discuss farming, community issues and, of course, politics. They both enjoyed a good discussion.
The students dress for success, in sensible black suits with a splash or red or dark blue. And while the speech competitors are all business when they are in front of their judges, there is an important social side to speech competitions, too. "There is definitely a community aspect around the team," Alexandria speech coach Jacob Clauson said. Freshman Regan Peterson, in his third year of speech, said the best part of the activity is "traveling and meeting all these really cool people."
Cade Huebner, 14, and Logan Huebner, 10, enjoyed the balmy January weather at Noonan Park in Alexandria on Saturday, Jan 20. Temperatures got into the low 40s, a nice break after several days of below zero temps in recent weeks. While many people were skating at the park, Cade was the only one in short sleeves.
Alexandria-based Selective TV has completed a contract with CBS to keep the CBS signal available in Douglas County and the surrounding area. Selective TV, a non-profit over-the-air television programming system supported by viewer contributions, announced the deal Friday, Dec. 22. CBS affiliate WCCO in the Twin Cities is turning off its KCCO-TV signal at the end of the year, which would have kept many central Minnesota viewers from picking up the CBS signal with an antenna.
An Alexandria woman was taken to Douglas County Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after crash on the west side of Alexandria. Suellen Frisk, 67, was injured when the vehicle she was riding in struck another car on County Road 45 near Turning Leaf Lane, just south of County Road 82.
It was one of the warmest evening in memory of the organizers of the Living Nativity at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria, now in its 32nd year. The annual event is open until 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in 800 block of Douglas Street in Alexandria. The event portrays different scenes from the Christmas story with live animals and church members bring the scenes to life.
A grass fire burned about 30 acres north of Kensington on an unusually mild early December day Saturday. Firefighters were called just before 1 p.m. to 5743 Wolley Lake Road SW about six miles north of Kensington. Kensington Fire Chief Joey Nessman requested help from fire departments in Evansville and Hoffman to get the fire under control. “Eventually it could have gotten to a yard to the north,” Nessman said.