After discussions involving budget deficits this past year and into the future, the Alexandria School Board unanimously chose Monday night to send a ballot question to voters this fall that would fund an operating levy for the district. This operating levy, if passed, would financially support classroom supplies, instruction, transportation, staff salaries and other operating costs. The board decided on a single-question ballot at its Monday, July 15 meeting. This question will come before voters for the Nov. 5 election.
A new second-hand store, just opened June 29, has a mission: to support people with multiple sclerosis. Karla and Rich Guldseth of Wadena, the founders, created their store Endless Treasure as a way to give back to the MS Society. The store is next to Slumberland on Highway 29 in Alexandria, and the couple says that all of the store's profits will go to the society. The business will also provide vouchers to churches and shelters for discounts on clothing.
I am an adventurer. I've always loved the outdoors and seeing beautiful sights. I've traveled to state and local parks, beaches, waterfalls, mountains; I've seen a lot. I enjoy hiking and I grew up biking often with my parents. When I moved to Alexandria recently and heard about Inspiration Peak, I had to check it out. I hadn't heard much about it except that it was supposed to be a pretty sight. Inspiration Peak is located in Leaf Hills, glacial features in the southern part of Otter Tail County. It takes about 35 minutes to drive there from downtown Alexandria.
Addison Agen, second place winner on Season 13 of NBC's "The Voice," was looking for a break from the chaos of life last year when she came to Mount Carmel Family Camp and Conference Center in Alexandria. Her pastor knew Jonathan Swenson, program director at Mount Carmel. Swenson invited Agen to unwind at the camp for a week of rest. "It is just such a place of peace and you can do whatever your heart needs. You can spend actual quality time with God," she said.
The Trap Shooting Championship, held over nine days last month at the Alexandria Shooting Park, had a new aspect to the schedule this year: individualized shooting times for students. While this might not sound like a big deal, knowing when they were set to shoot enabled them to spend free time during the day in the community.
Tim Fuerstenberg and Garfield Matson dressed in medieval clothing and occupied a tent filled with painted benches, replicas of old coins, scrolls, chainmail and other items. Children and adults filtered through, learning about the old days.
The Alexandria School Board held a special meeting Monday, June 24 to discuss the potential for an operating levy or a bond that could go before voters in the Nov. 5 election. An operating levy would financially support classroom supplies, instruction, transportation, staff salaries and other operating costs. A bond would fund new construction or additions to school buildings. Both levies and bonds need to be approved by voters.
Kelli Minnerath of West Central Minnesota Communities Action sees flaws in the housing system in Minnesota. The Affordable Housing Program within her organization partners with multiple organizations and agencies to build affordable housing of good quality for families at or below 115 percent of the state median income. But she said people at the median income have difficulty buying homes because developers can't build housing for less than $200,000. She helps people apply for housing aid through Minnesota Housing but said it is tough to find qualified home buyers.
This is a big weekend for live music in Alexandria, as the Vikingland Band Festival returns for its 35th year.
A group of three high school students have jumped aboard a community branding campaign whose goal is to make sure local businesses continue to thrive. Graham Peterson, Abby Blank and Matthew Carlsen, who will be seniors next year at Alexandria Area High School, are some of the people behind the Pride of the Lakes campaign, an effort to get residents to buy goods and services locally.