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The Alexandria School Board unanimously rejected all bids for an expansion project at Miltona Science Magnet School Monday night when they came in significantly higher than was budgeted. Of the half-dozen contractors who explored the project, three submitted bids — Tradesman Construction, Breitbach Construction and Gopher State Contracting. Tradesman had the lowest bid of $1,238,000, which was about $250,000 less than the next nearest bid.
Evansville's Fourth of July celebration got pushed to a weekend this year, with July 4 falling in the middle of the work week. But outside of that, the festival looked the same, and most importantly, it will again next year. That wasn't necessarily going to be the case. Word had gotten out that the two-day celebration Friday and Saturday might be the last.
Following the parade down Main Street Saturday afternoon in Evansville, many of the people in the crowd migrated to the school, where food vendors and a variety of kids' games were to be found.
All camps and retreats through most of July have been canceled after a July 4 fire damaged the dining hall at Pilgrim Point Camp. The camp and retreat center is operated by Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ. No campers were on site at the time, but campers were expected to begin arriving Friday afternoon, July 6.
The Runestone Museum in Alexandria announced June 29 it is taking part in a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, and offering free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel and their families this summer. "We are honored and excited to be a part of this wonderful program," said Amanda Seim, executive director of the Runestone Museum Foundation. "It allows families, who can be separated for months at a time, to reconnect and spend quality time with each other at no cost to them."
A few hundred people attended a day-long festival for women Saturday at City Park in Alexandria that was set to conclude Saturday evening with a moon ceremony. The women's wellness event was the first organized by Ripple, a nonprofit founded by business consultant Shannon Berns. She estimated Saturday afternoon that close to 400 people had attended throughout the day.
Time has always been an elusive quality. It was precious as a youngster — who didn't want more time to play ball in the summer or after school? — and it has become even more so through the years, to the point where it eventually becomes a perpetual lament.
At its monthly meeting Monday night, the Alexandria Area School Board unanimously approved a preliminary budget for the 2018-19 school year that calls for tapping into its savings by $1.15 million. Trevor Peterson, the school district's director of business services, presented the budget calling for general fund revenues of $50,549,980 and expenditures of $51,706,178. The proposed budget was previously reviewed and supported by the Budget/Facilities Committee.
Matt Alberts has a dog at home, and another at work. It was his work dog that brought him and more than one hundred other law enforcement officers to Alexandria this week, to participate in the United States Police Canine Association's Region 12 field trials. The 105 police dogs and their handlers from a five-state region were on display Sunday night at the Alexandria Area High School football field, as a prelude to the dog certification and competition over the next two days.
Two performances of the Alexandria Shrine Circus are being held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Friday, June 15. The 29th annual event has become a summer staple, and Michael Pray of the Alexandria Area Shrine Club said there's something special about it being held outside right on the race track, instead of inside a big tent. "The performers really shine better with all of their colors outdoors," he said.