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Public Service Announcements for: 4/27/17 to 5/15//17

If you have community announcements you would like aired, drop them off at our office, 604 3rd Avenue West in Alexandria at least two weeks prior to the event or fax them to 320-762-2156

Douglas County Auditor/Treasure Char Rosenow issues an announcement that all checks written to the county will now be processed electronically. When providing a check for payment, you are authorizing Douglas County to utilize the information from your check to initiate a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account for that amount.

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing is having their Annual Fish Fry on Friday, April 28th at the Alexandria Elks Lodge. Serving is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00 per person. All proceeds from the annual fundraiser go exclusively to support fishing and pontoon excursions for area seniors. To schedule an outing, contact Jim Schrobel at 320-763-6698, or you can visit the website at:

The Cultural Center in New York Mills is having these upcoming events: The Cultural Center is located at 24 North Main Avenue.

  1. Climb Theatre of Minneapolis in conjunction with the Cultural Center presents, “Humans of Minnesota” play on Friday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $12.00, at the door is $15.00 and students are $5.00.
  2. The Fargo-Moorhead Gay Men’s Chorus will perform their spring concert “Memories and Momentum: Best of FMGMC” on Sunday, April 30th at 3:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $12.00, $15.00 at the door and students are $5.00.

Members of the Center receive a $2.00 discount off the admission price. Admission proceeds benefit the Cultural Center. For more information about any of the performances or to purchase tickets you can call the Cultural Center at: 218-385-3339 or visit the Center’s website at:

The Myrtle Mabee Library (Bryant ) of Belgrade has these upcoming events. For more info call: 320-254-8842

  1. Mystery Craft Night is Friday, April 28th  from 6:15 to 8:00 p.m. This is for teens and adults. The class is limited to 10, pre-registration is required.

Celebrate National Library Week by creating your own book cover with a catchy title that describes your life, during library hours thru April 29th. Open to all ages.

The Sauk Centre Public Library has these upcoming events. For more info call: 320-352-3016

  1. Military History Mysteries will be held on Thursday, April 27th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is for teens and adults and the limit is 20, pre-registration is required.

First Presbyterian Church of Osakis invites everyone to a Community Supper on Wednesday, April 26th at the Fellowship Hall located at 101 West Oak street. Serving a pulled turkey sandwich with fixins’ is from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome, free will donations accepted.

United Way’s Community Impact Coalition wants to let everyone to know of the Mobile Food Drop that will take place on Thursday, April 27th at New Life Christian Church located at 1910 County Road 82 SE in Alexandria beginning at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or until food is gone. You are asked to bring your own boxes and baskets to carry food. If you are interested in volunteering please contact United Way at: 320-834-7800.

United Way Women United will celebrate with Wine and Women Summer Fun on Friday, April 28th at the Phoenix Event Center from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is free to attend. There will be a silent auction and raffle items. Proceeds from this event go to support United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties Traveling Tree House, a mobile learning center that provides free programming for students over the summer months.

The VFW of Osakis is having a Roast Beef, mashed potatoes and gravy meal on Friday, April 28th. Serving is from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $9.00 per person, children under age 12 is $4.00.

St. Mary’s School 9th Annual Casino Night will be held on Friday, April 28th at Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to come and enjoy an evening with good entertainment, food and casino style games. There will also be silent and live auction items to bid on. The proceeds from this event go to benefit the children of St. Mary’s School. (the casino games are played with pretend money received at check-in. Attendees can then use their money to sign up for drawing items.

The University of Minnesota Extension of Stearns County announces these upcoming events:

  1. Saturday, April 29th – Rose Education Day, hosted by UMN Extension Master Gardeners of Stearns County, from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud

For more information you can go online at:

The 46th Annual Swanycake and Sausage “All You Can Eat” Supper will be held on Sunday, April 30th at St. Anthony Parish, located off of State Highway 238. Serving is from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. Adults are $8.50 at the door ($8.00 advance), ages 6 to 12 is $4.00 and ages 5 and under are free.

MnDOT is looking for Adopt a Highway volunteers. The program is a public service project that helps reduce litter along the roadsides. There are plenty of roadways available outside the Twin Cities area. Individuals and groups who want to volunteer should go to MnDOT provides safety training, trash bags and safety vests and will pick up the filled bags. MnDOT also posts signs along the adopted segments of roads with the names of the volunteer groups.

The Douglas County Auditor/Treasure Char Rosenow has issued a reminder to property owners that the first half real estate tax payments are due on or before Monday, May 15th. Payments may be made in person until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15th. If mailing your tax payment, envelopes must be postmarked no later than May 15th to avoid penalty. Douglas County has installed a tax payment drop box outside the building on the south side of the Courthouse, you can drop payments off there. Douglas County also offers an ACH direct payment plan. With this program, your tax payment will be automatically taken out of the account of your choice on the tax due date. You will get a notification letter around two weeks prior to the tax due date. If you have any questions or would like to receive an ACH form, you may print a copy of the Direct Payment Plan on our website at: under I Want To/Forms and return it to the Douglas County Auditor/Treasure’s office at 305 8th Avenue West, Alexandria, MN 56308. Douglas County Auditor/Treasure contact phone number is: 320-762-3077.

The Lowry Lions is having an All You Can Eat Smelt Fry on Monday, May 1st at the Lowry Community Center. Serving is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Adults is $12.00, children 6 to 12 is $5.00 and children under the age of 5 is free. There will also be a Discovery Days Preschool Bake Sale. Donations accepted for used eyeglasses and hearing aids.

The Annual meeting of the Bohemian Independent Cemetery Association will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Z.C.B.J. Lodge Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m. A pot luck lunch will follow.

The founders of Lake + Co. are setting out to discover what makes northern Minnesota such a special place on earth. They want to know where to Shop, Eat, Play and Stay in our town. Lake + Co. will be in Alexandria on Wednesday, May 3rd. The Lake + Co. is the parent company of Lake Time Magazine, Lake Bride Magazine and The Lake + Co. Shop. Join the Lake + Co. Road Show and show them what makes Alexandria a destination to visit. For more information you can visit the website at: the lake and co dot com.

Gardening Brown Bag Series will begin the 2017 season on Wednesday, May 3rd with Steve Henry, the subject: Soils. University of Minnesota Master Gardeners of Douglas County are sponsoring a series of informative sessions on gardening topics sure to be of interest to every gardener. These are lunch-time sessions offered in conjunction with the Douglas Count Library from noon to 1:00 p.m. and held in the Douglas County Library meeting room. These sessions are free of charge without pre-registration and lead by Master Gardener volunteers. Bring your lunch or snack if you wish and explore Minnesota gardening.

Todd County Health and Human Services announces these upcoming events available to the public:

Immunizations and Influenza Vaccine, no appointment necessary, first come, first served.

  1. Tuesday, May 2nd or Monday, May 22nd at Todd Co. Health & Human Services located at 212 2nd Avenue South in Long Prairie. Hours are: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. closed from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., then from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Call for appointment for the Immunization clinics listed below:

  1. Staples, Tuesday, May 2nd at Lakewood Senior Campus, door C
  2. Eagle Bend, Tuesday, May 9th at Assembly of God Church

Call 320-533-4652 or 1-888-838-4066 for eligibility, an appointment or more information

Child and Teen Check – ups: Ages 6 months to 21 years old: By Appointment Only, call Debra for an appointment at: 320-533-4652 or 1-888-838-4066

  1. Tuesday, May 2nd in Staples
  2. Tuesday, May 9th in Eagle Bend
  3. Long Prairie call for an appointment

WIC – Woman, Infants and Children, for more information or to see if you qualify call: 320-732-4456 or 1-888-838-4066

  1. Tuesday, May 2nd at Lakewood Senior Campus located at 401 Prairie Avenue NE, door C from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed from 12;00 to 1:00 p.m.
  2. Tuesday, May 9th at Assemblies of God Church in Eagle Bend from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  3. Monday, May 15th and again on Wednesday, May 17th at the Todd County Health & Human Services located at 212 2nd Avenue South in Long Prairie from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Closed from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Other service available upon request at any Todd county Health and Human Services Clinics:

Dental Varnishing: fluoride varnish is a protective coating that is painted on your child’s teeth to help prevent cavities and to help stop cavities that have already started.

Blood Lead Screening: children’s blood lead levels should be tested at 12 and 24 months of age. Is your child at risk: was your home built before 1050? Was your home built before 1978 with remodeling? Does anyone in the household have a job or hobby that uses lead?

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of these services call Debra at 320-533-4652 or 1-888-838-4066.

Family Planning and Health Services by appointment only, for more information or to make an appointment call: 1-877-275-6123

  1. Monday, May 22nd at CentraCare Clinic in Long Prairie located at 20 9th Street SE
The Sauk Centre Public Library has these upcoming events. For more info call: 320-352-3016
  1. Friends of the Bryant Library Sauk Centre book sale Monday, May 1st thru Saturday, May 6th. Donated books will be for sale with the proceeds supporting the Sauk Centre Library. For all ages.
  2. LEGO hour on Thursday, May 11th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The library will provide the Legos, give you a theme to get you started and let your imagination do the rest. For ages 5 to 12. Limit to 15, pre-registration is required.

ATCC is offering First Aid and CPR Training classes in January through May:

  1. First Aid Certification: Wednesday, May 3rd and Thursday, May 4th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 2 sessions/6 hours

Contact the Customized Training Center at ATCC for more details, call: 320-762-4406 or email to:

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria will be held on Friday, May 5th from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Viking Bank, located at 4277 Dakota Street in Alexandria. This event is open to everyone. The $1.00 admission includes breakfast, networking and a chance to win door prizes. All money raised will be donated to the day’s nonprofit recipient, Vikingland Builders Association. All Chamber members will also be placed in a drawing for the Pot of gold, which is currently valued at more than $2,600!

The Myrtle Mabee Library (Bryant) of Belgrade has these upcoming events. For more information or to register call: 320-254-8842.

  1. 1,000 Books before Kindergarten – ongoing. Give your child the gift of reading and literacy. You can track your progress and win prizes. From birth to kindergarten. Stop by the Belgrade Library to sign up.
  2. Stuffed animal camp-out sleepover held on Friday, May 5th from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. For ages 3 to 8. Limit is 12, pre-registration is required.
  3. Create a planter held on Saturday, May 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For teens and adults. Plants provided. Limit is 10, pre-registration is required.

The Evansville Art Center invites you to their First Friday Concert on Friday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m. They will present Patty Kakac in concert. Please bring a treat to share. This is a free event. Donations for the Evansville Art Center gratefully accepted.

Ruby’s Pantry will be distributing food on Saturday, May 6th at River of Life Church located at 705 12th Street South in Sauk Centre. Distribution begins at 10:00 a.m. You are asked to bring your own box or clothes basket to carry your food. For a small donation, you’ll leave with two large containers full of food.

The 10th Annual National Women Build Week is May 6th thru May 14th. Habitat Douglas County is one of 300 Habitat organizations nationwide hosting Women Build projects during the week with support from Lowe’s, a longtime partner in the event. No construction skills are necessary to participate in this year’s project. To volunteer or donate, email to: molly at

Save the Trinity is having a Spring Style Show on Saturday, May 6th at the Trinity Building in Henning. This will begin at 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased from Trinity members or at the door. There will be door prizes, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine. You must be present to win prizes. Fashions provided by Nadine’s of Perham.

A Free Car Seat Safety Inspection will be held on Saturday, May 6th at the Viking Plaza Mall north parking lot from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No appointments, it is first come, first served. You are asked to bring the cars seats you use, the children who use them and the vehicle(s) that use the car seats. There will be NHTSA Certified Car Seat Technicians to check for appropriate selection of seat and use and give you information on safe use of child passenger restraints.

“Run for the Roses” fundraiser for Theatre L’Homme Dieu will be held on Saturday, May 6th from 4:24 to 7:24 p.m. at the Legacy of the Lakes located at 205 3rd Avenue in Alexandria. Tickets are $40.00 in advance and can be purchased at Bremer Bank, Elden’s Fresh Foods, Interlachen Inn or online at: Tickets at the door will be $45.00. You are asked to dress up derby style for the first annual costume parade, watch the race at 5:24 p.m. and enjoy derby style food, cash bar, games, raffles and entertainment.

Kennedi’s Karnival, a benefit for Kennedi Hay will be held on Sunday, May 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Runestone Community Center located at 802 3rd Avenue West in Alexandria. Lots of fun is planned, something for the whole family. Bounce houses, face painting, balloon art, children’s crafts, music and so much more. At age 4, Kennedi was diagnosed with a rare stage 3 kidney cancer. She had surgery to remove her kidney and lymph nodes. She has completed radiation and is now receiving chemotherapy treatments. Proceeds will go towards medical bills.

Grue Lutheran Church of Ashby is having a Grilled Pork Chop Feed on Sunday, May 7th. Serving is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Ashby School. Adults is $8.00, children ages 6 to 12 is $5.00 and children age 5 and under is free. Additional pork chops are $2.00 each. Raffle tickets will be sold, with proceeds going to missions. Proceeds from the feed go to Grue’s Building Fund for the new roof.

The Garfield Fire Department is hosting their annual French Toast and Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, May 7th at the Garfield Fire Hall located on Sanstead Street South. Serving is from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $8.00, children ages 4 and younger are free.

Calvary Covenant Church in Evansville will have a Soup & Salad Supper on Wednesday, May 10th. Serving is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Free will donation. The church is handicap accessible and is located at 404 Meeker Street.

The VFW in Osakis is have an All You Can Eat Fish Fry on Friday, May 12th. Serving is from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $9.00, children age 12 and under is $4.00. There will be a Senior Dance from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. with music from Marie

The 1st Annual Community Night Out Fundraiser will be held on Friday, May 12th at Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program to begin at 7:00 p.m. Join Someplace Safe for an evening of laughter with comedian Mark Poolos. Also, featuring local talent from Minnewaska High School, served desserts, silent auction, 3 large prize drawings and more! Must be present to win prizes. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at the Someplace Safe Pope office, Tom’s Market and online at Someplace Safe website.

Alexandria Public Schools/Community Education Classes offered for Spring 2017:

Early Childhood/Family Education – sibling care available for some sessions. Check with Community Ed for session times: 320-762-3305

  1. Incredible Infants/toddlers (0-20 months): 11 sessions Friday’s to May 26th
  2. Time for Toddlers (12-23 months) 12 sessions Tuesday’s, to May 23rd or Thursday’s, to May 25th
  3. Terrific Two’s (24-35 months) 11 sessions Monday’s to May 22nd
  4. Prime Time Two’s and Three’s (24-47 months) 12 sessions available Tuesday’s to May 23rd or Wednesday’s to May 24th or Thursday’s to May 25th or 11 sessions on Friday’s to May 26th
  5. Mixed Age Magic (2 1/2 -5) 12 sessions Thursday’s  to May 25th
  6. Musikgarten (birth – 5 years old with parent) 12 sessions Tuesday’s  to May 23rd. 4 different time options available.
  7. Parenting with “PRIDE” (2-5 years old) 5 sessions Monday’s April 24th to May 22nd
  8. “Ready Set Go to Preschool” is for children who will be 3 by January 1st 2017. Parent and Child: Tuesday’s to May 23rd                              Child Alone: Thursday’s to May 24th

Registration made easy – online at: or call: 320-762-3110 ext. 4272 or in person to either the Community Education or Early Education Center offices located in the Woodland Elementary School, 1410 South McKay Avenue.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is launching a new service, Neighbor to Neighbor Companions. This service offers support traveling to medical appointments, grocery shopping, running errands or getting the bills  paid and in the mailbox. Its goal is to promote health and independence, particularly for adults over the age of 55. With rapidly aging communities, particularly in rural Minnesota, Neighbor to Neighbor Companions allows these services to become more widely available. If you are interested in receiving a Neighbor to Neighbor Companion or would like to learn more about becoming a companion, you can learn more by calling: 877-540-9443 or by emailing to: For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota visit their website at:

We Got your Back USA” has officially launched their campaign in Douglas County. We Got your Back USA is a group of concerned citizens realizing the need to better support our law enforcement officials, firemen and emergency medical personnel. We Got your Back USA needs your support, to make a tax deductible donation so local billboards, yard signs, banners and more will show our support to our law enforcement officials that we have their back. To donate visit:

Need to get rid of that lamp or a whole room of furniture? Bring it to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on North Nokomis in Alexandria. Donations are accepted Monday thru Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Need to have it picked up? Call 320-762-4255 or 320-759-1989. The ReStore is open for business Thursday thru Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You never know what you might find at the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.