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Angela Goergen has been appointed to the top role at the Max J. Beilke Veterans Administration Clinic in Alexandria. Goergen, a registered nurse with a master's degree in nursing leadership and management, brings a variety of clinical and leadership experience to the position of clinic coordinator, according to a VA press release.
Details of a bill expanding veterans' access to health care are among the topics of a veterans town hall meeting next week in Alexandria. The event will also feature a ceremony honoring Vietnam veterans from west-central Minnesota. Those men and women from the area who served on active duty in the armed forces from Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, and their families are invited to participate in the commemoration ceremony.
Nelson came through again this year with its St. Patty's Day Bash & Parade, bringing people out into the streets on a sunny Saturday. And although the celebration was held a day ahead of the official marking of St. Patrick's Day on March 17, no one seemed to mind a bit. Those who came out for the parade Saturday got an extra treat — a parade that reversed course and took another pass through downtown Nelson. Green was in abundance, as you would expect for such a party, and inside the Corral Saloon & Eatery, so was corned beef and cabbage.
Snow sliding off the roof over the west rink at the Runestone Community Center is blamed for damaging a gasline and starting a fire in the heating and air conditioning unit Wednesday. Employees from Alexandria's Parks Department and fire crews returned to help clear snow from an area of the roof to avoid potential damage to the RCC's ammonia system, said Vinnie Hennen, RCC manager.
The Alzheimer's Association released its 2019 Facts and Figures Report last week, showing that 97,000 Minnesotans are living with the disease. It estimates that more than 250,000 people in the state are caring for someone with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia. With the disease touching so many people, it should have come as no surprise that two lectures on the topic in Alexandria drew overflow crowds.
A couple hundred residents of Grand Arbor by Knute Nelson in Alexandria were evacuated Tuesday afternoon due to a gas leak that was discovered by a staff member who recognized the smell of gas in an underground parking garage. CenterPoint Energy identified the source of the leak, which was initially reported at 3:32 p.m., and was able to repair it without having to disrupt electricity to the building, said Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow. He said he did not have a cause for the leak, which was in the vicinity of the patio area on the outside of the building at 4403 Pioneer Rd SE.
The people who sign up to be school bus drivers know what they're getting into. They pull the ultimate in split shifts, frequently starting their day before the sun comes up, and not finishing their shifts until the late afternoon. They are tasked with the overwhelming responsibility of transporting a bus full of kids safely to school and back, day after day. Then to make sure they can handle anything, every once in a while a winter comes along like this one to ratchet up the stress levels.
Most parents of school-age children are well aware that the education process has changed considerably since the days they were in school. Last month at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria, parents had an opportunity to see for themselves some of the ways things had changed, as the school held its first-ever Academic Open House.
A development agreement between the city and the new Veterans Memorial Park was announced at the Alexandria City Council meeting Monday night. The agreement clarifies the roles of the city and the nonprofit organization that is working to build the veterans park, with the city taking over both ownership and maintenance responsibility for it once the project is complete. The park will include stone memorials containing the names of veterans past and present in what used to be known as Legion Park at the corner of Broadway Street and Eighth Avenue, east of Viking Towers.
Tournament time is here once again — that time of year that makes even non-sports fans sit up and take notice of area teams. As a reformed sportswriter, no other season quite compares to the winter high school tournaments, which pack gymnasiums and arenas over several weeks for the march to state. Whether it's the large crowds, the higher stakes involved or just that we're tired of being cooped up all winter, tournament games are liable to bring out the best in some athletes and the worst in some fans.