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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.—An man accused of strangling a North Dakota priest was dating a woman who lived in an apartment co-signed by the priest, according to records given to Forum News Service. Chad Vincent Legare, 42, of Alexandria, is charged in McHenry County with attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary in the Jan. 30 attack on Rev. Robert Wapenski, 62.
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.—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.
FARWELL, Minn. — The Farwell Norwegian Lutheran Church was in bad shape. Spotted with mold and bat droppings, it was decaying right in the heart of Farwell, population 51 along Highway 55 in northern Pope County. The once-thriving church had sat vacant for 26 years in the once-thriving town. It had passed from private owner to private owner who, daunted by its enormous needs, passed it along. Its bell tower was leaning and its bell gone.
MILLERVILLE, Minn. — Lake Aaron near Millerville northwest of Alexandria is polluted and people should monitor how much fish they eat from it, state scientists say. State scientists propose adding Lake Aaron to its list of impaired waters and the state will likely issue a fish consumption advisory after fish there tested positive for mercury at more than double what is considered safe. The finding did not shock state Department of Natural Resources area fisheries supervisor Dean Beck.