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Name of woman killed in UTV crash in Douglas County released

(Alexandria, MN) -- The rider killed in a utility terrain vehicle (U-T-V) crash in west central Minnesota is identified as 39-year-old Jennifer Lynn Craig of Alexandria. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says the U-T-V driven by Craig rolled over into the ditch Tuesday night, trapping her underneath the machine. Witnesses were able to pull the U-T-V off Craig and attempted to save her, but she died at the scene.
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Big crowd at annual pork chop and corn feed

(Alexandria, MN)--The Alexandria Rotary Club's 57th annual pork chop and corn feed was a big hit on Wednesday at the Alexandria Fire Hall. Officials with the Rotary Club say the "purpose of the event is to bring the community together while raising funds for local projects." Some of those projects include: the music playground, public docks and the new playground at Curt Felt Memorial Park.
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Beautiful sunflower field in full bloom in Alexandria

(Alexandria, MN)--A local company is trying to bring some beauty to the area. The Massman Companies have a beautiful sunflower field in full bloom on Nevada Street in Alexandria. Officials have opened the field to the public to wander through and take photos of the beautiful sunflowers. According to the...

Battle Lake Rescue Hosting Turkey Feed

Battle Lake Rescue is hosting its annual Community Appreciation Turkey Feed and free will donation Sunday, August 21 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Lion’s park in Battle Lake. Join them for food, meet rescue members and enjoy time with people of our community. They are very grateful to the community for all the support they continue to receive allowing them to gather the resources needed to provide the best care. The tremendous support of all in their service area over the years through the Turkey Feed and calendar fund raiser have helped purchase a new rescue rig allowing for quicker and safer response times to calls for service. The funds donated also help purchase supplies, equipment and ensure the best training for all volunteers. Stop by to say “hi” and enjoy a great meal prepared by the rescue members. “To go” meals are also available! They hope to see you there and be watching for their calendar fund raiser coming this fall!

50th Annual Watermelon Day Happening in Vining, MN August 20th

If you've ever wanted to visit the small town watermelon festival Tracy Byrd sings about in "Watermelon Crawl", you gotta go to Vining, Minnesota. It isn't the actual town from the song, but it's as close as you'll get in Central Minnesota. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the yearly festival in the small town in Ottertail County.

USNCC Students Complete 1st Nuclear Engineering Technology Course With ATCC

While several students graduated from the Nuclear Engineering Fundamentals Undergraduate Certificate on July 29, this is the first course of the fully developed associate degree program. “This program helps take our nuclear operators to the next level in their capabilities as both a technician and as a deckplate leader,” said...

Alexandria Technical & Community College is the third best community college in nation

(Alexandria, MN)--The personal-finance website WalletHub today (Tuesday) released its report on 2022’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, coupled with its state-by-state ranking of the Best & Worst Community-College Systems. To determine where students can receive the best education at the cheapest rates, WalletHub reportedly compared more than 650 community...

Little Free Library For Kids

A Little Free Library for children is now located outside First Lutheran Church, 505 Holdt St. W. in Battle Lake. Located in a garden near the front door, this library is designated for children’s books and will occasionally have games available. The library was built by Jason, Shane and Wyatt Severson, and was decorated by the 5th and 6th grade WAFL (Wednesdays at First Lutheran) students under the guidance of Bonnie Pfeffer. Pictured is Braelynn Schrock checking it out when she discovered it last week. The library is here for all kids who love books. Read, read, read!

Kidnapping suspect in Pope County District Court Monday

(Glenwood MN-) A pre-trial conference takes place in Pope County District Court Monday for a man accused of abducting a child in March. 22-year-old Beningo Alvarez-Gutierez is charged with Kidnapping and Depriving Another of Custody or Parental Rights for a March 17th incident in which he allegedly entered the home of a rural Westport woman and took her 2-year-old child. Alvarez-Gutierez later abandoned the boy in the garage of a friend north of Paynesville, who found the tot unharmed sitting in a booster seat. Unconditional bail is set at 1 million dollars, and Alvarez-Gutierez is currently being housed in the The Kandiyohi County Jail.

Independent candidate claims Westrom is lying about his residency

(Elbow Lake MN-) An independent candidate for Senate District 12 claims Republican candidate Torrey Westrom doesn't live in the newly-drawn district. According to The Swift County Monitor News, Westrom said he moved to Alexandria after the senate district boundaries were redrawn and excluded his home in Elbow Lake. But Ashley Klingbeil, running under the We The People party label, says the home Westrom claims he bought is a seasonal property on Lake Mary, is overgrown and shows no signs of occupancy. She also told the newspaper she had been staking out Westrom's former home in Elbow Lake and he was there many nights. Klingbeil has filed a complaint with The Minnesota Supreme Court, and the next step is for The Grant County Sheriff's Department to serve Westrom with the complaint, after which a hearing would be scheduled. Westrom told the paper the allegations were baseless and an attempt to distract voters from the real issues of the campaign. Westrom has represented the area since 2012.

August 15, 2022 agenda

Approval of Minutes: 8/1/2022 regular board minutes. Payment of Bills: Claim Nos. 22145 – 22153, in the amount of $2,863.98, EFTPS $1,408.04 for a. Aug 22 – Planning Commission – 5:00 p.m. Sept 7- Regular board meeting – 6:00 p.m. NOTE WED. Sept 19 – Regular...

What does it take to connect rural Minnesota to high-speed internet?

BRANDON, Minn. -- Outside the town limits of Brandon, construction is underway to give small town America a big upgrade: access to high-speed internet.On a late July afternoon, crews installed fiber optic cable to connect 63 homes to high-speed internet, an effort that will take about 100 days from start to finish to complete.The infrastructure put in place here is like a tree: The fiber cables are the trunks that connect back to the root, a data center, and smaller branches of cable connect to a home or business.It's one example of projects across the state to connect 202,000 homes...

Douglas County voters elect a new Sheriff

Matthew Izzard will serve as the next Douglas County Sheriff. Because all three candidates – Matt Izzard, Mark Liebaert, and Brian Witt – ran as Democrats, the winner of the primary wins the job. Izzard won 62 percent of the vote. Izzard has served as a correctional officer...

Missing teen found safe and to be reunited with her family

(Alexandria, MN)--The Alexandria Police Department says that 15-year-old Audianna Henderson has been "located safe and will be reunited with her family." Audianna had been reported missing on Wednesday after last seen walking out of the Viking Towers and getting into an unknown pickup truck Tuesday night. Officials with the Alexandria...