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Community Spotlight

Focusing on the good people and events in and around Alexandria, MN!


Latest Episodes

Community Spotlight: Andria Theatre

Mike Ryan talks with Dave Christman, Artistic Director at the Andria Theatre about “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” and more shows coming to the stage in 2023.

Community Spotlight: Dragonfly Mental Wellness Foundation

Mental Health, Suicide, Suicide Survival are tough, complex and sensitive topics that impact everyone…but are rarely talked about. Or worse, stigmatized in a negative and condemning light. Hope flying on the wings of dragonflies is here to comfort and shine a light for others who are struggling. Special guest: Jackie Lamb, Survivor and Member of Dragonfly Mental Wellness Foundation.
If you, a friend or loved one need support, head to dragonflymentalwellness.com

Community Spotlight: Ringin’ And Swingin’!

Get into the holiday spirit with this incredible show by The George Mauer Group, the first show in the Alexandria Community Education Performing Arts Music Series!

Community Spotlight: Beaver Classic Ice Fishing Derby

A dad, a friend and one amazing fisherman’s legacy lives on! The second Annual Beaver Classic Ice Fishing Derby is just around the corner. In honor of Michael “Beaver” Ulwelling. Ice fishing for a great cause, impacting hundreds of people’s lives! More information about the non-profit: www.beaverclassic.org

Community Spotlight: Big Hearts Central MN

The Christmas Season can be tough, emotionally and financially. Grant, owner of Stony Creek Dairy out of Melrose understands that and is doing something about it! Big Hearts MN will provide meals and a gift card to families in need this year. They have partnered with Elden’s Fresh Foods and Calvary Lutheran Church to make this happen!

Community Spotlight: Best Christmas Ever

Learn how Best Christmas Ever was organized and what goes into sharing Christmas joy with families in our area that need it most. Mike Ryan talks with committee members Kacie Wildman and Ryan Cleland.

Community Spotlight: Folds of Honor

Since 2007, they’ve provided life-changing scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen or disabled military. And now, their mission expands to the families of America’s first responders. On their watch, those who protect our freedoms and our families will know they are not forgotten.

Special guest: John Russet, Folds of Honor President, MN Chapter

Community Spotlight: Christmas in the Fort, Parade of Trees and Lighting Up Downtown

In our town, we kick off Christmas in a BIG way. Black Friday is actually one of the brightest days of the year! Christmas in the Fort is a community celebration shared with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and even the Grinch. Two local museums (who are neighbors) are the center of the holiday wonderland with festivities for all. Then a switch is flipped, lighting up downtown Broadway along with a parade of lights!

Special Guests: Amanda Seim, Executive Director of the Runestone Museum, Kaci Johnson, Communications and Programs Director and Joe Korkowski, Executive Director of Explore Alexandria