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• Storyteller Paulette Friday of Alexandria will compete for the title of Great American Storyteller during a Saturday, Sept. 22, performance at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Friday was selected as one of top four finalists. All others are from the Twin Cities area. The winner will receive $1,000.

• Andrew Olsen, a 1998 Jefferson High School graduate, became a commander in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 31. He is currently stationed at the Naval Support Activity base in Millington, Tennessee, where he received his senior officer commander rank during a ceremony last month. His parents are Al and Mary Lou Olsen of Alexandria.

• Irmadene Hanson, owner of MAGNIFY Your Influence, won the Pot of Gold valued at $5,385.25 at Wake Up Alexandria on Friday, Sept. 7, at the Alexandria Senior Center. Organized by the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, the Pot of Gold includes items sponsored by chamber members, including business items, discounted services, gift certificates and promotional items.

• The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce membership team recognized four new Chamber members on Sept. 5: Bowen Contracting, LLC, which focuses on custom build homes; Lakes Area Recreation which provides youth activities and camps for a wide variety of sports; JCB Canvas and Upholstery in Ashby, which handles any type of upholstery repair for vehicles, boats, tractor seats and more; and the Alexandria Artist Guild, a nonprofit group of local artists that increases awareness of visual art.

• Evolve Orthodontics, an orthodontics office in the Easton Place complex, started seeing patients in July. Dr. Dustin Ditch specializes in moving teeth with braces and Invisalign. Using all modern digital technology, Evolve Orthodontics practices the latest innovations used for orthodontic treatment. The Alexandria office will be the second Evolve location. It also has an office in Pelican Rapids.

• The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recognized three new local businesses on Sept. 12: Deja Bleu House of Coffee at 612 Broadway St. in the Trend and Couture by Ann Manning store, which serves gourmet specialty drinks including coffee from locally roasted beans; The Dashery at 509 Broadway St., which sells a wide variety of casual and formal men's clothing and tailored clothing for boys; and Handcrafted by Noni, a studio at 316 Nokomis St. that features arts and crafts made by Naomi Bjorklund.

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