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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — It's getting harder to brag about being a hardy Minnesotan. That was the underlying message from a pair of climatologists who spoke at Alexandria Technical and Community College's kickoff to Senior College last week. "We don't get as cold as we used to," said Kenny Blumenfeld, senior climatologist for the DNR. "We are not breaking record lows."
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Fourth-grade students and adults were filmed using a toilet during the 2016 Douglas County Groundwater Festival, in Alexandria, Minn. Alexandria Light and Power Utilities' former water treatment plant superintendent is facing criminal charges in connection with the videos. Keith Patrick Avery, 65, who retired in July 2017, has been charged with one felony and one gross misdemeanor count of interference with privacy. Charges were filed Wednesday, April 25.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—There wasn't really a last straw that made Billy Euerle walk away from his Garfield dairy farm last year. Things had been bad for several years. He trudged through his days, milking Hot Chocolate and Caroline and Brooke and all the others, barely sleeping. Facing terrible milk prices and crushing debt, he struggled to find motivation. Every chore seemed to take twice as long, and his whole family was feeling the stress. To top it off, severe storms in 2017 ravaged several farm buildings.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — The truck driving program at Alexandria Technical & Community College can take up to 20 students. Instead, it's been averaging about 13. "There are a few reasons for that," said Carl Borleis, lead instructor of the Professional Truck Driving Program. "One of the big ones is the economy is doing pretty well so people aren't looking for new jobs."
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Minnesota lake association leaders say they donate millions of dollars and volunteer hours each year caring for lakes, yet the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources doesn't take them seriously. In a statewide survey, their comments reflect frustration and alarm over the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota lakes. Those surveyed also indicate they worry about keeping up with the needs of the lakes—they say it's difficult to engage members in conservation activities and they're concerned about the aging of lake property owners.