Community

Weeks 6/26/2020 to 7/15/2020

If you have community announcements you would like posted on our website, 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.

  • The meeting scheduled for tonight, Monday, June 22nd for the Antique Tractor Club and Pioneer Power Club has been canceled due to  COVID 19.
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened for shopping on Wednesday, May 27th. Store hours are: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday. The store is located at 1211 North Nokomis NE in Alexandria. If you have donations, these will be accepted by appointment only, by calling: 320-759-1989 to schedule a time.
  • Alexandria Community Education is offering many classes for this summer. You can visit online at: alexschools.org/ce or call: 320-762-3310 extension 2

  • The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce has reopened to regular business.
  • The Knute Nelson Foundation will be holding its 14th Annual “Not So Classic” Golf Classic from July 8th through September 8th at Geneva Golf Club. For more information and also to sign up click on these pdf’s . golfclassic_brochure_FOUND2020 (4)  golfclassic_Insert_FOUND2020
  • No Penalties in Pope County for late property tax payments due Friday, May 15th through Wednesday, July 15th.  For questions about this property tax penalty abatement in Pope County, please contact the Pope County Auditor-Treasurer’s office at: 320-634-7706.
    • Pay with check by mail
    • Pay with check in the secure drop box at the Courthouses’s East entrance
    • Pay with debit card or credit card online
    • Pay by e-check online
    • Pay by cash by visiting the Courthouse’s East side lobby: you must call: 320-634-7706 prior to arriving or once you arrive and someone will meet you in the lobby.
  • The Food Shelf is open, located at 1205 Lake Street in AlexandriaMust call for an appointment at: 320-762-8411. Curbside pick-up, no contact Hours: Monday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Tues, Wed and Thurs: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • The Great River Regional Libraries may be closed but they have many options for library services from the comfort of your home. with your library card, you can access the digital world of eBooks and eAudiobooks. All you need is a computer or a tablet/phone. Visit online at: griver.org and search the many options to choose from.
  • The Alexandria Covenant Church worship services will be Live Stream ONLY until further notice. Streaming on Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and also at 6:00 p.m. Visit the website at: alexandriacovenant.org.
  • Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria will be cancelling all of their church services until further notice
  • Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria has cancelled all worship services until further notice. However, you can view the service at 9:00 a.m. online at: calvaryalex.org
  • Lutheran Social Services announce that there will be NO congregate dining at their sites. You can call ahead for takes outs. Home delivered meals will be delivered as usual, but Thursday Evening deliveries will be delivered at the usual NOON delivery times for the next couple of weeks. Any questions or concerns, call Hilltop Regional Kitchen at: 218-738-5563 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 
  • Pope County asks public to avoid non-essential visits to county buildings due to COVID-19 concerns. The Pope County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 202007, strongly encouraging members of the public to use alternative means of conducting non-emergency County business instead of in-person visits to County buildings. Those needing to conduct County business should email or call ahead at 320-634-7700 to County offices before coming in to any facility to determine whether they can be helped without having to visit in person. 
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Great American Think-Off Essay deadline has been CANCELLED. This year’s question, “Which is more important: to win or to play by the rules?’ will become the question debated at the 2021 Think-Off, scheduled to be held June 12,2021. For more information visit online at: think-off.org.
  • City of Alexandria Operations during COVID-19 Pandemic:

    1. City Hall will remain open, but closed to public foot traffic. If you need to drop something off, there will be a dropbox in front of the building at the Broadway entrance. Staff will be monitoring this drop box during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Staff can assist you by phone or email. A complete list of employees is on our website at: http://www.alexandriamn.city/city-staff-contacts/
    2. Police Department: the lobby at the Alexandria Police Department will be closed to public foot traffic. It will continue to be staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The interior vestibule will be open and wars. There is a phone on that wall that will direct you to assistance. Please remember, if you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.
    3. Fire Station: is closed to public foot traffic. Please ring the doorbell or call the station and staff can assist you.
    4. Liquor Stores: will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. We strongly encourage customers to practice social distancing in the store.
    5. Public Works – Streets: this department remains open, but closed to public foot traffic. Staff can assist you by phone or email. 320-815-8439.
    6. Public Works – Parks: this department will remain open, but closed to public foot traffic. Staff can assist you by phone or email. 320-760-2928.
    7. Runestone Community Center: is closed and will remain closed until March 27th. Staff can assist you by phone or email: 320-298-0319.
    8. Airport: is open for normal business hours, but is practicing social distancing protocols.
  • Grace Lutheran Church in Brandon and Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville  will Live Stream services for Sunday’s at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday’s at 7:00 p.m. 
  • First Lutheran Church of Kensington is cancelling all activities and Worship services through May 31st. Join them on their Facebook page at Neighbors in Faith-First Lutheran Church on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for the live service.
  • Knights of Columbus has cancelled all events, including Bingo until further notice.
  • The University of Minnesota Extension announces effective Monday, March 16th that all in person local, regional and statewide Extension meetings, events and classes are cancelled. The cancellation is in place until further notice.
  • The Vikingland Library Book Mobile has suspended all stops until further notice.
  • Alexandria Nursing Homes Collaborate and Take Precautions to Ensure Resident Safety. Knute Nelson Care Center and Bethany on the Lake are collaborating to ensure nursing home resident precautions are put into place following the recommendations from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tom mitigate the spread of the flu as well as the coronavirus (COVID-19).
    1. Visitor Restrictions: Please check with facility as they may have restricted to NO visitors.
      • Entrances to the facilities are restricted to the main entrance only
      • Immediate family member only
    2. Visiting Standards:
      • You may be asked a series of questions upon arrival about recent travel and/or illnesses
      • You must wash your hands upon arrival
      • Access is limited to resident’s room only
  • The Alexandria Senior Center has closed as of Monday, March 16th. The Meals on Wheels program will continue to deliver meals to those who already receive meals. However, congregate dining at the Senior Center is cancelled. 
  • Effective Tuesday, March 17th veterans seeking services from Douglas County Veterans Service Office are asked to call the office or make inquiries by email rather in-person visits. Jake Turner and Rhonda Fuchs remain available at: 320-762-3883. Their email is: jacobt@ co.douglas.mn.us and rhondaf@co.douglas.mn
  • Effective Friday, March 20th the Douglas County Library will be closed to the public until further notice. The exterior book drop will remain open for book returns. Library staff will continue to work 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Pope/Douglas Solid Waste will be following recommendations to enact social distancing and to limit access to “non-essential” services until further notice:

    The following services/facilities will be restricted and /or closed – until further notice:

      • Household Hazardous Waste Facility and related services
      • Reuse Room and related services
      • Administrative Office and related services
      • Confidential Burn Programs for household and business
      • Community Events and Zero Waste Programs and related services
      • Green Warriors program and related services
      • Recycling Drop Off Center and related services

    Services and/or facilities – remaining open until further notice:

      • Recycling Drop Off Center and related service
      • Waste-to-Energy Facility – contracted haulers
      • Special Burn Programs (Specialty Burns)

    Limited assistance will be available at the Recycling Drop Off Center to maintain social distancing of 6 feet between site visitor and Recycling Attendant.

    Unsolicited sales or vendors will be restricted. 

    To stay informed on this evolving situation visit online at: popedouglasrecycle.com or call: 320-763-9340