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New location for Hagstrom Engineering

Hagstrom Engineering has opened a new downtown Alexandria office location at at 219 Sixth Ave. E. that offers more space to accommodate its growth.

An open house to showcase the newly-remodeled building, complete with new storefront windows and door, was held earlier this month.

The company, which specializes in civil engineering, land consulting and landscape architecture, was launched by its president, Matt Hagstrom, five years ago. It had been open on Broadway.

Free job training for age 55 and up

Local businesses need more help with child care, medical records, retail sales and clerical work, and a national nonprofit organization will offer free training in these areas to older adults seeking to re-enter the workforce.

Experience Works will offer a 16-week online training program beginning Monday, Oct. 1, called Job Quest. Participants work their way through specially-designed courses that include computer literacy, occupational skills training, soft skills development, workforce re-entry training, peer interaction and coaching and job search and development.

"We did some research and discovered these specific training areas respond to employers who are hiring locally," says Michael Myers, state program manager for Experience Works. "Job Quest will connect participants with training, despite disability challenges or living in remote or rural areas, so they can focus becoming confident and job-ready."

Experience Works is currently seeking people who are 55 and older, and unemployed with limited income.

"We know there are many folks out there who might qualify," says Michael Pattee, employment and training coordinator for Experience Works in Douglas and 16 other counties. "This opportunity can help give them the competitive edge they need to secure employment and an improved quality of life."

For more information, contact Experience Works at 855-270-9660 or, or visit

Grand opening set at Fairfield Inn & Suites

A grand opening and ribbon cutting is slated for the new Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The 80-room hotel at 4929 Sanibel Drive in Alexandria will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Alexandria Hotel Group and managed by American Hospitality Management of Cheboygan, Michigan. Victoria Nelson is general manager at the three-story property, which includes an indoor swimming pool, exercise room, valet laundry service, complimentary Wi-Fi, fax and copy services, and 650 square feet of meeting space to accommodate groups of up to 30 people. A complimentary hot breakfast is also available.

The grand opening is from 4-7 p.m., with the ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Appetizers, refreshments and giveaways are on the docket.