Sara Carlson, Alexandria Mayor
We finally have spring and are headed toward summer in the city! The baskets are hung on Broadway — a sure sign that summer is here! Thanks to the Downtown Merchants Associations for providing the beautiful baskets and Bill Thoennes and the park department for making that possible.
The last article I wrote was in December and I definitely thought the next time I wrote this article we would be looking around the corner at spring. But, at this point it is nowhere in sight is it? Well, we live in Minnesota and the weather is certainly unpredictable. It has been a good year for skiers, snowmobiles and outdoor winter enthusiasts. Good for our winter economy!
It's Christmas time in the Lakes Area! The lights are lit and hopefully everyone has the Christmas spirit — it is a great time in our area! There are lots of fun activities including: snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing. There are also lots of indoor activities at our schools and at our senior center, and don't forget the plays at the AAAA.
School will have started as you read this — you may wonder as I do — where did the summer go. The city was certainly busy with tourists and people out and about. I know it was one of our busiest seasons ever. The fair was a grand success and the joint paving venture was greatly appreciated by all fair goers. We are finishing up all our construction projects — Agnes Blvd will not be finished until October — but, Phase I is done and open and looks great!
Summer in the Alexandria area makes our whole area swell with people and we are so fortunate that it does! I am so proud of our city and surrounding area and how we treat all the people that come here for weddings, class reunions, family outings and vacations in general with respect and gratitude that they chose us to be the place they wanted to be. Truly we appreciate the fact that we are such a great area to come to visit and to live in.
We certainly have heard a lot about the Charter lately haven't we? Tempers have flared and points of view have surfaced that some have thought "were ridiculous." Many of you have asked what is going on. Let me try to explain and help make sense of our City Charter. What is the Charter? It is a broad governing document of our city originally approved by the city's voters in 1908. It is like a local "Constitution." It cannot however make rules and laws that differ from those of the state of Minnesota. Minnesota law almost always supersedes our Charter.
When writing our Christmas cards, we usually recap the major events of the year and highlight them to family and friends so that they have an idea of what our year has been like. This holiday season I would like to send this card to all of you.
Fall officially arrived this week. We knew it was here anyway as the pumpkins appeared for sale across the city, the kids are back at school with homecoming just around the corner. The Vikings even won their home opener in the much anticipated new U.S. Bank Stadium against the Packers. The grapes were stomped at the annual Grape Stomp at Carlos Creek Winery. We live in a wonderful and vibrant area and this event attracts more and more people each fall.
The summer is in full swing and the city is full of vitality and excitement! The city has never looked healthier, prettier or more energetic. I am so proud of...
Springtime in Alexandria has started out a little dreary, but we know spring is on its way because construction has started around town and before long the baskets will line Broadway and the outdoor festivities will start. The city has received and passed many permits for activities for outdoor events for this spring and summer already, so it is shaping up to be a fun and exciting time in Alexandria. Watch for the many outdoor events coming from Ole Oppe Fest to Rib Fest. Alexandria will come alive soon!