Public Service Announcements

Weeks 12/4/18 to 12/15/18

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.

  • Samaritan’s Purse is responding to help families affected by hurricanes this season. Samaritan’s Purse is assisting homeowners and sharing hope with families. To support this effort or if you are interested in volunteering go to:
  • The Stearns History Museum opens Firefighting Exhibit. The “Bucket Brigade” an ode to our area firefighters. The exhibit is ongoing and artifacts will change throughout its year run. Admission to the museum is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and free for museum members. The museum is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud. You can visit the website at:
  • The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program will be in Alexandria and surrounding area. Free introduction to MBSR classes and Mindfulness 3 week Workshops to begin this November, just in time to manage the holidays with joy and calm. The Fall schedule is as follows:
    1. Weekly Mindfulness Classes: $15 (free with referral from healthcare or service provider)
      1. Sunday’s 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Owl Books and Brew located at 214 Central Avenue in Osakis
      2. Monday’s 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. at Nelson Gables located at 1220 Nokomis Street in Alexandria
    2. Mindfulness 3-week Workshop: $60.00 (free with referral from healthcare provider
      1. December 9 and 16 (Sunday’s) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Nelson Gables Governors room
      2. December 6, 13 and 20 (Thursday’s) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Nelson Gables Governors room
    • For those interested in a regular meditation practice: weekly mindfulness classes are held every Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Owl Books and Brew in Osakis and most Monday’s from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Nelson Gables in Alexandria. Please go to to register for all classes or for more information.
  • The Great River Regional Library is excited to offer this upcoming program at the Upsala Library. “Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota” features four established authors in conversation to inspire writers and readers alike. This will be held on Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. The library is located at 117 North Main Street.
  • The First Presbyterian Church of Osakis will hold their Annual Christmas Tea on Thursday, December 6th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Come and relax while you enjoy a warm beverage and holiday treats. There will also be a craft and bake sale. This is located at 101 West Oak Street in Osakis.
  • The Douglas County Car Care Program will host the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria event on Friday, December 7th from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Koep’s Korner located at 204 6th Avenue East in Alexandria. This event is open to everyone. The $1.00 admission includes a light breakfast, networking and a chance to win door prizes. All money raised will be donated to the day’s nonprofit recipient, Someplace Safe Thrift Store and Advocacy. All Chamber members will also be placed in a drawing for the Pot of Gold, which is currently valued at $4,624!
  • The 15th Annual Christmas Bake Sale from Luther Crest Bible Camp will once again be taking your orders. Cookies and Candies must be ordered by the dozen. Cookie descriptions and other baked goods descriptions along with an order form can be found online at: Order deadline is Friday, December 7th. You can pick up your orders on Friday, December 14th from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. or on Saturday, December 15th from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • The first Friday Concert at the Evansville Art Center will be held on Friday, December 7th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Bring a treat to share if you like. Beverages will be provided. Donations accepted. The Art Center is located at 111 Main Street.
  • The Miracle Horse Riders Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser will be held on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days at the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria. Come check out the fresh Christmas Baking and help support the Therapeutic Horseback riding program.
  • The Myrtle Mabee Library of Belgrade has a new program on Saturday, December 8th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come get your likeness sketched out by a caricature artist. This is open to all ages. There is a limit to 12 per hour so pre-register by calling: 320-254-8642. This is funded by a grant through the Central MN Arts Board to the Centre Area Concert Association.
  • The 2018 Snowmobile Safety Training in the Alexandria Area will be a one-day class on Saturday, December 8th. Anyone born after December 1st, 1976 must have a Snowmobile Safety Certificate. Students ages 11 to 15 may enroll. The hands on class registration can be done now until Friday, December 7th at Ollie’s Service located at 1213 Broadway Street. The Hands-on Classroom and Driving Test will be held Saturday, December 8th at the Runestone Community Center, East Arena, in the weight room upstairs. Registration check in is from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. Class will be held from 8;00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You MUST show proof with a printed voucher that the online course is completed. For questions call Ollie’s Service at: 320-763-4455.
  • The Red Cross: Urgent need for blood donations now. The Red Cross will be in these counties: Douglas, Grant, Morrison and Otter Tail on these dates and times:
  • Wednesday, December 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Alexandria Clinic located at 610 30th Avenue West
  • Thursday, December 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Glenwood State Bank located at 2221 South Broadway Street in Alexandria
  • Thursday, December 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Pierz Healy High School located at 112 Kamnic Street
  • Thursday, December 13th from 1: to 6:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church located at 218 Church Street in Barrett
  • Thursday, December 13th from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at New York Mills High School located at 209 Hayes Avenue
  • Friday, December 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Battle Lake Public School located at 402 Summit Street West
  • Monday, December 17th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church located at 605 Douglas Avenue in Alexandria
  • Tuesday, December 18th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church located at 605 Douglas Avenue in Alexandria
  • Wednesday, December 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Church located at 202 7th Avenue East in Alexandria
  • How to donate blood: 1.) Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App 2.) Visit online at: RedCrossBlood.orgor 3.) Call: 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
  • The Miltona Fire Department announces that Santa is coming to town on Saturday, December 8th at the Milton Community Center. Santa will be there from 1:00 to 3:000 p.m.
  • The 70th Live Jingle Bells Telethon will be held on Saturday, December 8th from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Lake Geneva Christian Center located at 605 Burch Avenue in Alexandria. The phone number to call in donations will be: 320-762-0505. You can also donate online on the website at:
  • Everyone is invited to the “Community Live Nativity” to be held on Sunday, December 9th from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Trinity Center located at 301 Douglas Avenue in Henning. Refreshments will be served. “Cookie Exchange sponsored by Building a Legacy” to follow.
  • Toys for Kids, donate new toys for children age 0 to 15 in boxes located in local businesses throughout Douglas County. Sign your children up to receive toys by calling Love INC at 320-759-3022 by Monday, December 10th. Toy distribution for those signed up will be Wednesday, December 19th at the Love INC office located at 44 Glenn Road NW in Alexandria.
  • United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties sponsors a program “Adopt a Family for Christmas” to supply kids and/or families with Christmas gifts. To sponsor a child or family or to request your child or family to receive gifts call United Way at 320-834-7800 or visit them at 503 Hawthorne Street in Alexandria.
  • Santa for Seniors is a project of the Alexandria Hockey Association where kids deliver a small food basket to seniors ages 65 and over. The biggest gift is that one gets to visit with the children and make new young friends. Visits are the week of December 10th. Sing-up to receive a visit or to sponsor a senior to get a basket by Thursday, December 6th online at: This is for any senior who lives within a ten-mile radius of Alexandria.
  • The History Group has already kicked off the season on Central Minnesota Civil War Roundtable at the Stearns History Museum. The group meets the second Tuesday of the month. This month’s meeting is December 11th and begins at 3:00 p.m. at the museum located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud.
  • Pope County Mobile Food Drop will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at Glenwood United Parish beginning with registration at 11:00 a.m. and distribution at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. You are asked to bring your own boxes and baskets to carry food. The church is located at 10 17th Avenue NW. Volunteers are needed, if you or your business or organization are interested, contact Maria at:
  • The Prairie Lakes Audubon Chapter will meet on Tuesday, December 11th at the Alexandria Senior and Community Center located at 414 Hawthorne Street in Alexandria. Meetings and activities begin at 7:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend this program, all are welcome.
  • The Sauk Centre Community Education announces that there will be a Senior Citizens Social Coffee and Treats every second Wednesday of the month. On Wednesday, December 12th at 9:00 a.m. you will meet at the High School Media Center in Sauk Centre. You can enter at the main entrance. There will be a little education and entertainment.
  • The Myrtle Mabee Library of Belgrade has these upcoming and ongoing events. For more info call: 320-254-8842
    1. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: this is an ongoing reading program designed to increase awareness of the importance of early literacy and to encourage parents to embrace their roles as their child’s first teacher. Plus, there are prizes. You can register anytime at the library.
    2. An evening with the Half Steps!: Friday, December 7th from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. This group has been entertaining audiences throughout Minnesota with their unique brand of a capella music. This is for all ages.
    3. R.E.A.D. Book Club: Friday, December 14th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This is for adults. Contact the library for the book selection and other details.
  • Forada Lions Club Bar Bingo will be held on Saturday, December 15th at the Muddy Boot from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to Alexandria Area High School Food Shelf.
  • Stearns History Museum kicks off Zip Code Saturdays. You will be able to explore and immerse yourself in history for free during these Saturday’s. Discover Stearns County’s role during World War I or find a long-lost family member in the Research Center. Area residents can visit the Museum for free on selected Zip Code Saturdays throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Just show Museum staff your current ID with the corresponding zip code for that selected Saturday. The museum is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud. For more information visit online: stearns
    1. December 15th – Sartell
  • The Sauk Centre Bryant Library has these upcoming events. For more info call: 320-352-3016
    1. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: this is an ongoing reading program designed to increase awareness of the importance of early literacy and to encourage parents to embrace their roles as their child’s first teacher. Plus, there are prizes. You can register anytime at the library.
    2. Color Our Giant Gingerbread House – on going in December during open library hours
    3. Homemade Jammin’ Holiday Party: Tuesday, December 4th at 6:00 p.m. Celebrating the holidays with cookies, cider, crafts and great music. For all ages
    4. MN Author William Durbin: Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. This is for all ages. Class is limited to 50, pre-registration is required.
    5. Teen Events:
      1. Ginger – Who? Match the book character with the number of gingerbread alter-ego for a sweet treat and a chance to win a prize. For tweens, teens and adult. December 1st thru 15th during open library hours
      2. Crafts and Cocoa for teens and adults: Saturday, December 15th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 12 and up. While supplies last.
    6. LEGO Hour Challenge: Thursday, December 20th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For ages 5 to 12. Limit is 16, so registration is required for both dates.
    7. Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime: Thursday, December 27th from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library for a storytime and leave it overnight. This is for families. Limit is 30, registration is required.
    8. Live-Action Candy Land: December 26th – 31st during open library hours. This is for families.
  • The Titus 2 Ministry Center is offering classes for women on Communication, Relationship, Parenting and Finance. The center is located at 7005 County Road 82 SE in Alexandria. For more info on classes, dates and times call: 320-491-1851.
  • The International Wolf Center: Teaching the World about Wolves is offering free programs for ALL Minnesota public school classrooms (grades 2-12), summer youth programs in public parks, visitors to state parks, public libraries and nature centers:
  1. 60 minute programs can be customized to fit your available time
  2. Meets a variety of state academic standards
  3. Presented by International Wolf Center outreach educators
  • For more information or to schedule your FREE program, contact Director Misi Stine at: 763-560-7374 extension 234 or email to: or visit the “programs” section at
  • The Minnesota Academy of PA’s at Minnesota wants to remind everyone that being an organ donor makes you a modern day super hero. Super heroes save lives and so can you when your register to become an organ donor. Find out about becoming an organ donor by visiting online at: minnesotaacademyofpa’
  • Great River Regional Library now offers a new suite of resources – collectively called MN Writes MN Reads, this is to help authors connect with readers locally and beyond. MN Writes MN Reads is a free, user-friendly collection of tools for creating, publishing and sharing e-books with readers across Minnesota and potentially the country. For more information visit your local library or visit the website at:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Do you want to be a homeowner, but not sure you can afford it? You may be eligible for a home loan through USDA Rural Development. USDA Rural Development is offering low-income home buyers affordable financing with no down payment and no mortgage insurance required. Loan funds can be used to purchase or build homes throughout rural America. For more information, contact the Alexandria office at: 320-763-3191 or visit the website at: