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When Len Schreiber learned he was being called to serve, he was quick to marry his long-time girlfriend Evy. He spent a mere five days with his new bride before the 21-year-old had to leave life as he knew it for the military and the Korean War. "I should have never come home. There were so many times I barely escaped with my life. But I did," Schreiber, now 88, said. "Those kinds of incidents are hard to get out of your mind. I can see it today, I can hear rounds going off. It was a long time ago, but it's there."
During Shanna Scofield's home visit, the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable. The way Mandy Dahlseng asks Scofield about her weekend and rejoices with her over Scofield's 13-month-old son sleeping through the night may lead one to believe Dahlseng is an old friend. Though she is a friend, Dahlseng is also Scofield's free home nurse—and has been for more than a year. Dahlseng has been visiting Scofield and her son, Lincoln, free of charge at their Alexandria home since Scofield's first trimester of pregnancy.
Stephanie Tvrdik is calling all "history hoarders" in the area who have any knowledge about Alexandria's Cedar Building on Lake Winona.
I've always been a word person. I suppose this could be a result of my early developed identity of being an avid bookworm and a long time lover of english class. Even at an early age, I can recall viewing words differently than those around me. Now that I think about it, I have always viewed words less as a collection of letters and more a force of nature — things that can be used by a craftsman with a pen and paper to move people. To stir something in their soul. To get them thinking. And even at an early age, I was hooked.
It's earlier than usual this year but it is Homecoming time for Alexandria Area High School. This year's annual event will come with a few changes aimed at making it a more communitywide affair. Coronation will take place in the evening rather than the school day to encourage community attendance. This year's Homecoming is also getting an early start this year and will take place the second week of school for students. Registration deadline to participate in the parade is noon, Monday, Sept. 11. The schedule for the week is as follows.
Technology is taking over our world - and our school buses. When school starts Tuesday, Alexandria Public Schools will unveil its newest district-wide study tool - Internet access on school and activity buses. The project, which was piloted last year with sports and activities buses, aims to provide students with a little more study time.
The only grocery store in Evansville will bring its legacy — and its doors — to a close this week, leaving many residents to rethink their shopping routine. Nelson's Store will have its last day of business on Thursday, Aug. 31, ending a 71-year run. For 62 of those years, the family owned business has been in its current home on a prominent corner of Evansville's downtown. Before Evansville, it operated in Melby for nine years.
The 1930s may seem worlds away, but on Aug. 29, the decade will be as close as the Andria Theatre in Alexandria. The theater will be putting on the free musical and theatrical performance, "Stormy Weather - Songs and Stories of the 1930s," Tuesday night in conjunction with Alexandria's annual Community Read program. Each year, Douglas County bookworms of all ages read a book that is then brought to life through various group activities. This summer's Community Read was "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics."
Alexandria fairgoers are accustomed to the sounds of the demolition derby echoing through the fairgrounds each year, but Thursday night the engines roaring in the distance were a bit smaller. Dozens of competitors came out for the Douglas County Fair's very first lawn mower demolition derby. Decorating the track were hand painted machines, each lined up nose-to-nose before the starting flag was waved. The competition was concluded like any other demo derby- when the last machine was moving.
Knute Nelson Home Care and Hospice in Alexandria will celebrate National Senior Citizens Day. This holiday of appreciation was created in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan as a means to honor seniors and recognize their achievements that enrich our communities every year.