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Melony Butler, administrator of the Eagles Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, accepts a donation of cookies from members of the Runestone Detachment of the Marine Corps League, Grant Haugen (left) and Jim Nelson.

Sweet treats for the troops

Thumbs Up: The local Runestone Detachment 1409 of the Marine Corps League recently donated cookies to the Eagle's Healing Nest in Sauk Centre. The cookies were donated by Elden's Fresh Foods in Alexandria from the "Treat the Troops" Archway Cookie Program. Cookies were given to the Eagle's Nest and also to the Fergus Falls Veterans Home.

Stickers for safety

Thumbs Up: A local resident shared a kind act she came across Monday. She saw a Douglas County sheriff's deputy stop a family of five that was out walking and bicycling to give stickers to the young children who were all wearing their bike helmets. It was a great way of rewarding a family for making safety a priority. "It made my day and probably theirs too," said the resident.

What happened to 'please?'

Thumbs Down: Here's a short but sweet note from an Alexandria reader, reminding people that manners are important. "Call me old-fashioned but whatever happened to saying 'please' and 'thank you?' Seems to me, there is quite a shortage of both. It does wonders to use a little common courtesy — try it and see."

Sporting success

Thumbs Up: The Millerville Sportsmen send a "thumbs up" to the Brandon-Evansville Shooting Sports Trap Team that took first place in the Class 2A Division at the Minnesota High School Shoot in Alexandria. The sportsmen also congratulate the Parkers Prairie baseball team on winning the state Class A championship, the first state title in the school's history. "It was a great comeback way to do it," said the sportsmen.

Not merging on Third

Thumbs Down: We saw another traffic tie-up on Broadway over the Fourth of July when a vehicle, with out-of-state license plates, stopped in the merge lane onto Third Ave. East while turning right. Other vehicles trying to turn right quickly jammed up behind the vehicle. This is a merge lane; there is no need to stop. If you have relatives visiting from out of town, you may want to tell them about the intersection. If you find yourself stuck behind a vehicle that's stopped, a friendly — and very quick — tap of the horn should be enough to make the driver realize it's OK to proceed.

Party in the Street

Thumbs Up: And on the topic of Broadway, it's almost time to "Party in the Street." The fourth annual event will take place Friday, July 21 on Broadway, between Fourth and Seventh Avenues in Alexandria from 4 to 11 p.m. The event began as a way to celebrate the completion of the Broadway reconstruction project but it turned out to be so much fun that organizers decided to keep it rolling as a summer-time family friendly celebration. This year's festivities include food, live music, bean bag tournament, a Family Zone featuring a bouncy house and other children's activities, a vintage car-tractor show, a beer garden, demonstrations and more. The Downtown Merchants Association and Raapers Eatery and Ale deserve a "thumbs up" for keeping this party going. It's a great way for the community to get together and enjoy some summer fun.

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