Public Service Announcements

Weeks 8/23/19 to 9/4/19

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.

  • Zion Lutheran School will host Free Breakfast and Lunch for children ages 18 and younger. All children and parents regardless of income level are welcome for breakfast and lunch. Serving breakfast Monday thru Friday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and lunch served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program will begin on Monday, June 10th and run thru Friday, August 23rd. Monthly menus are available at the school or on the website at: zionalexschool.org. Adults may eat at a cost of $2.50 for breakfast and $4.50 for lunch. For more information you can call the school at: 320-763-4842. Zion Lutheran School is located at 300 Lake Street in Alexandria.
  • Alexandria Public Schools Community Education announces new Adult Enrichment Classes are now open for registration. There are over ninety-one classes in over thirteen categories to choose from: Arts, Cooking, Dance, Exercise, Gardening, Hobbies and many more. For a complete list and to register visit online at: alexandria.ce.eleyo.com/courses.
  • Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers ages 55 and older for the Foster Grandparent Program. Local schools and organizations need caring adults. Orientation and training is provided. All volunteers receive ongoing support from school and staff. This program allows volunteers to make a lasting difference in the lives of our Minnesota children and youth. To learn more about this program call: 1-866-895-7992 or visit online at: ccstcloud.org.
  • The Douglas County Historical Society is having a fundraiser on Friday, August 23rd. This is a Rummage Sale at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 722 6th Avenue East from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be lots of wonderful donated items, stop and find a special treasurer.
  • The First Tow Truck Pull and 6th Avenue Block Party will be held on Saturday, August 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This will be held on 6th Avenue between Broadway and Irving Streets in Alexandria. There will be live entertainment, kid’s zone with jumpy houses, kid’s games and free ice cream. There will be crafters, vendor and food. Proceeds from the tow truck pull will go to the Car Care Program, now serving both Douglas and Pope Counties.
  • The 5th Annual Bob Sinotte Open will be held on Saturday, August 24th at the Osakis Country Club. This is a 9 hole, 2-person fun scramble with a 3:00 p.m. start. New this year a Bean Bag Tournament open to the first 24 teams at $10.00 per player. All proceeds from these event go to the Mayo Clinic Cancer Research. If you are unable to attend but would like to contribute or have a prize to donate please call: 320-491-4554 or 320-760-4490. Registration forms or donations can be dropped off at the Osakis Country Club or Osakis Municipal.
  • The Amelia-Villard-Leven Lakes Association Annual Picnic will be held on Saturday, August 24th at the Villard Methodist church social room from 11:15 a.m.to 1:00 p.m. Prize drawing at 12:35 p.m.
  • Central Square Cultural and Civic Center in Glenwood announces the first concert in the 2019 Classic Rock Mini Series will be held on Saturday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. The music of Sting and The Police will be performed by Toast in the Machine band. To purchase tickets, call the office at: 320-634-0400. Advance tickets are $25.00 or $30.00 at the door.
  • Viking Sportsmen and Pheasants Forever announce the Annual Youth Outdoor Activity Day will be held on Sunday, August 25th at the Alexandria Shooting Park located at 6533 Co. Rd. 87 SE in Alexandria. Event hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Introduce your kids to the great outdoors! This is totally free for kids ages 16 years of age and under. Open to the public, free shirts and prizes for kids and free lunch sponsored by Cub Foods. There will be over 38 youth outdoor activities. To register and for more info visit online at: youthoutdooractivityday.org.
  • There will be a Senior Dance with music by Terry Nelson Band at the Alexandria Senior Center on Sunday, August 25th from 2:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Senior Center. The center is located at 414 Hawthorne Street. Suggested donation is $5.00.
  • The University of Minnesota Extension of Stearns County announces these upcoming events:
    1. Wednesday, August 21st thru Sunday, August 25th – MN State Fair 4-H Livestock Encampment at the MN State Fairgrounds in St. Paul
    2. Tuesday, August 27th thru Thursday, August 29th – MN State Fair 4-H Stearns County General (non-livestock) at the MN State Fairgrounds in St. Paul

For more information you can go online at: www.extension.umn.edu.

  • The Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends. The Red Cross will be in these surrounding towns on these dates and times:
    1. Monday, August 26th from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. and again Thursday, August 27th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Center located at 116 8th Avenue SE in Little Falls
    2. Tuesday, August 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Church located at 202 7th Avenue East in Alexandria
    3. Tuesday, August 27th from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Old Office Building located at 101 Rand Street in Holloway
    4. Wednesday, August 28th from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Civic Center located at 208 10th Street in Kerkhoven

To donate: Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

  • The Douglas County Mobile Food Drop will take place on Thursday, August 29th at New Life Christian Church located at 1910 County Road 82 SE in Alexandria. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with distribution of food beginning at 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or until food is gone. Anyone who eats and lives in Douglas County is able to utilize this program. 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.
  • The Red Willow Arts Coalition 2019 Summer Concert Series is once again having free concerts on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music.
      1. August 29th: Pure Country – Classic Country – Sponsored by Guitar Shop

Rain Policy:
When rain is imminent concerts will be cancelled. Cancellations will be announced to the area radio stations by 2:00 p.m. We will notify KIKV, Facebook and here on our website if a concert is cancelled. Website: redwillowartscoalition.org.

  • The Sauk Centre Public Library has these upcoming and ongoing events. For more info call: 320-352-3016. Most programs and events are held during library open hours.
    1. 1,000 Books before Kindergarten: This reading program will increase awareness of the importance of early literacy and to encourage parents to embrace their roles as their child’s first teacher. Sign up at the library. Ongoing!
    2. Giant I-Spy Board: find items relating to books, comics, art, movies, music, carnivals and more. Find all of the items on the list and get a treat. Now through Saturday, August 31st during library open hours
    3. Make and Take Crafts: Explore arts and crafts from around the world, outer space, from books and your own imagination. Crafts will change weekly. Available each week while supplies last. Now through Saturday, August 31st during library open hours.
    4. Shredded Book Challenge: Can you guess the title of the book by looking at the shreds ins a jar? Now through Saturday, August 24th during library open hours.
    5. Art Show: Celebrate the wide variety of talent in the Sauk Centre Community. Now through Saturday, August 31st during open library hours.
    6. Concerts in the Park: Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the summer evening for the summer concert series on Wednesday evenings. All shows are held at 7:30 p.m.
      1. August 21st: Nite Owls
    7. Tech Time: Trouble understanding your laptop, iPad, Kindle or other electronic device: Available the first Monday of the month from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Registration is required.
  • Save the Trinity of Henning announces the Trinity Center Raffle 2019 fundraiser. Help rebuild the wonderful historic building. Purchase a raffle ticket for $20.00 for ninety one chances to win $100.00. This raffle will draw winners in the month’s of September, October and November. Also, if you win once your name goes back into the drawings.
  • The Alexandria Lions Club is hosting a Waffle Feed benefiting the Alexandria Dire Department on Sunday, September 1st. Serving will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for ages 3 to 10. All proceeds to benefit the Alexandria Fire Department. This will be held at Country Blossom Farm located at 1951 Englund Road SW. This is during Country Blossom Farm’s 5-year Anniversary Bash. The fire department will have a firetruck present and will be handing out fire hats to children attending the event. All outdoor activities, indoor store and bakery will be open for business. For more information visit online at: countryblossomfarm.com.
  • The Holy Cross Church Bazaar in Harding will be held on Sunday, September 1st. Beginning with a Polka Mass at 10:00 a.m. A chicken and ham dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be entertainment for the kids, silent auction and music by Dale Dahmen and the Polka Beats and Waltzateer Band.
  • St. Rose of Lima Parish Fall Festival in St. Rosa will be held on Sunday, September 1st beginning with an outdoor Polka Mass at 10:00 a.m. Then a chicken and ham dinner served at 11:00 a.m. There will be games for children, teens and adults. There will be a beer garden, darts, dice and bingo. Also, a quilt auction and the Church Building Fund cash raffle. The drawing will be held at 8:00 p.m. Tickets available at: St. Rosa Lumber, Rudy’s Country Store, All Stars Bar and Grill, CMCU’s of Melrose and Freeport or you can call: 320-836-2284.
  • Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer reminds owners of mobile homes that their first half tax payments are due on or before Tuesday, September 3rd. Payments may be made in person at the Auditor/Treasurer’s office located on the first floor of the Courthouse located at 305 8th Avenue West in Alexandria. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is also a drop box outside the building on the south side of the courthouse. For those mailing their tax payment, envelopes must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, September 3rd to avoid penalty. The Douglas county courthouse will be closed on Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day.
  • Edgewood Memory Care specially trained experts is offering a 5-part educational training series. “Journey Through Memory Care”. These sessions will all be held at 12:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend, complimentary lunch will be served. Please RSVP 24 hours in advance of event to: 320-759-2121. Edgewood Healthcare is located at 1902 7th Avenue East in Alexandria.
    1. Wednesday, September 4th: Exploring Alzheimer’s – learn the facts, myths, signs and symptoms
    2. Wednesday, September 18th: Understanding the Changes – learn about other common changes and challenges and try our “Dementia Simulation” for a perception changing experience
    3. Wednesday, October 2nd: Engaging Through the Stages of Dementia – learn some of the common concerns and techniques for dealing with each
    4. Wednesday, October 16th: Effective Communication – learn appropriate and effective ways to communicate, both verbally and non-verbally
    5. Wednesday, November 6th: “Tis the Season – Taking the Stress out of Holiday Caregiving – learn ways to adjust your holiday traditions to ensure enjoyment for all.
  • Beginning in February library card holders can begin Stargazing with Great River Regional Libraries telescopes. The telescope project is part of GRRL’s burgeoning “Try it Yourself” kit collection, offering patrons the chance to test potential new hobbies for free with their library cards. To visit their catalog and request a telescope visit online at: griver.org
  • The Minnesota Academy of PA’s wants to remind people that too much sun gives you a greater risk of developing Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Use a daily sunscreen with a broad spectrum that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and is at least an SPF 30 is recommended. Apply sunscreen at least thirty minutes prior to going out in the sun and reapply it every two hours. For more information you can visit the website at: minnesotapa.org.
  • Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce that they have launched a new program called Aging in Place. Supported by the Alexandria Area Community Foundation, this program partners with people ages 65 and older to help them age safely in their home. Homeowners are provided services based on individual need with focuses on safety improvements, mobility modifications and weatherization enhancements. To learn more about this program or get an application, contact the office at: 320-762-4255 or check out the website: hfhdouglascounty.org.
  • Most people are aware that kids need a series of immunizations as they grow. The immunizations they start receiving during their first 18 months of life will help protect them from measles, mumps, hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus and many other dangerous diseases. Adults also need to keep their immunizations current as they age. Talk to your health care provider to see if your immunizations are up to date. Find out more from the Minnesota Academy of PA’s at: minnesotapa.org.