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David Mather, national register archaeologist with the Minnesota Historical Society, will present a lecture on the "Sauk Valley Man" skeleton at the West Union City Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. The event is part of Minnesota Archaeology Month and organized by the Sauk Center Historical Society. Mather has done research at the Sauk Valley Man site near West Union. "The skeleton, the Sauk Valley Man, was found in the 1930s," he said.
After a slow start, the Alexandria boys soccer team poured it on late against Fergus Falls, taking a home win 7-0 over the Otters on Tuesday night. The game was still scoreless with only 5 minutes remaining in the first half when Cameron Rice knocked in a goal after several drives down the field by Jack Hilbrands and Tyler Harris. Just a few minutes later, Rice scored again from about 10 yards out in the middle of the field. At the half, the Cardinals were up 2-0.
When it comes to bike patrol in Alexandria, James Ross is a force of one. The Alexandria Police Department runs a special effort to keep the Central Lakes Trail safe and fun in the Alexandria area with Officer James Ross patrolling on a bicycle. "I can go wherever," Ross said. Ross primarily patrols the bike trail, but he also spends time around town where he sometimes responds to calls if he's in the area.
Moonshine Madness kicked off Saturday morning with a color run as semi-trucks began to arrive, and food and business booths set up for the day of festivities. “The main thing was to have fun,” said Brad Hoffarth, the athletic director for Osakis Public Schools said about the run. The semi-truck show runs from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. today, with winners receiving trophies, cash and gift card prizes.
Students at Alexandria Area High School have an up-close opportunity to see the Minnesota Supreme Court in action and the community will have a chance to "Meet Your Court." The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for a case at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, and hold a question-and-answer session with high school students expected to fill the 1,000-seat Performing Arts Center to witness the court hearings. After the initial event, the Supreme Court will meet with students over lunch and visit classrooms in the afternoon.
As donations come in for Hurricane Harvey relief, the group at the Runestone Community Center says more personal hygiene items are needed. Those items include hand sanitizer, shampoo, toilet paper and anything relating to personal hygiene, volunteer Sandy Mateer said. More toys and coloring books for children are also needed. Volunteers are still trying to find a way to transport all the donations to Texas, but several businesses are considering a plan to donate the needed service, Mateer said.
It wasn't man versus machine, it was two men and their machine versus other people with machines, trying figure out the best way to get those machines to accomplish specific tasks. Eddie Wilmesmeier and William White, Alexandria Technical and Community College students who attended the Louisville, Kentucky-based SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, came home as gold medalists after winning the college mechatronics contest.
This year's Relay for Life in Douglas County raised $183,000 for cancer research, according to the organization. Lorene Pitcher, Relay for Life event lead, said 45 teams signed up for the event contributing about 406 members. The fundraising total was on par with the contributions received last year. Pitcher said 200 cancer survivors attended the relay and 3,171 luminaria lit up the walking path at the Douglas County Fairgrounds from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on July 14.
In their 10th year, the Freedom First Riders continue to cruise the Alexandria area streets with purpose. Members recently escorted the traveling 9/11 Never Forget memorial through town, and are hosting a street dance on Saturday in Nelson. But some of their greatest influence comes not on the back of a bike but in the halls of the legislature. The Freedom First Riders and its 300 members are a local chapter of the American Bikers for Awareness, Training and Education, also known as ABATE, which lobbies state and federal government for biker-friendly laws.
The Douglas County Fair kicked off Thursday with the carnival workers providing a unique opportunity for people with special needs. From 10 a.m. to noon, people with special needs could get into the fair and go on rides for free. Despite the drizzly weather, kids and even some adults were having a blast. Sarah Reiter brought her son, Dalin, to the special needs ride day even in the rainy weather, saying they had to take a chance and come for the fun opportunity. "He loved it," said Reiter about Dalin's time at the fair.