Public Service Announcements

Weeks of 4/19/19 to 4/30/19

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.

  • Beginning on Friday, February 1st 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:
  • The Evansville Art Center Open Mic Night will be held on Friday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. The center is located at 111 Main Street. Musicians are invited to come and play, there is an excellent sound system and a full keyboard Yamaha piano available. This is a free event, donations are accepted. Bring a treat to share at intermission if you wish. Beverages are provided.
  • Glendalough State Park to host their 23rd Annual Walk for Glendalough on Saturday, April 20th, a fundraiser for new park amenities. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at the historic Glendalough Lodge, which will be open for tours. There is no fee to enter the park for the walk, but since the walk is intended as a fundraiser, donations will be encouraged. For more information call the park at: 218-864-0110 or visit online at:
  • Spruce Hill Church Sunrise Service will be held on Sunday, April 21st at 6:00 a.m. The church is located at 13148 Spruce Hill Park Road NE, Miltona.
  • The Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to give now to help ensure blood remains available for vital medical treatments and unforeseen emergencies. The Red Cross will be in these surrounding towns on these dates and times:
    1. Monday, April 22nd from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Kilowatt Center, located at 600 Kilowatt Drive in Granite Falls
    2. Wednesday, April 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Granite Falls chamber of Commerce located at 676 Prentice Street
    3. Thursday, April 25th from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center located at 88 2nd Avenue West in Wood Lake
    4. Friday, April 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center located at 401 5th Street West in Chokio

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 or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

  • 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. Spring Storytime – Tuesday, April 23rd from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. For ages 3 to 8, but families are welcome. Limit is 30, pre-registration required.
    2. Local Author Laura Hansen – Thursday, April 25th at 6:00 p.m. For teens and adults. Limit is 30, pre-registration required.
    3. MN Author Eric Bergeson – Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m. Eric will share the joys and challenges of gardening on the northern prairie. For adults and teens. This is a Legacy event.
    4. Morning Storytime – Wednesday, May 1st from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For children ages 3 to 6 and parent/caregiver. Held first Wednesday of the month. Limit 25 pairs. Pre-registration required for each storytime date.
  • There will be an open house for the Highways 55, 59 and 79 project in Elbow Lake held on Wednesday, April 24th at the Grant County Office Building located at 15 Central Avenue North in Elbow Lake. This will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project, timeline, staging and traffic impacts and sign up to receive project updated. Representatives from the project team will be available to discuss details and answer project-related questions.
  • Alexandria Public School Community Education along with the Alexandria Lakes Area chamber of Commerce is hosting a Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24th at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria. The topic is “Resiliency: The Importance of Emotional Health” presented by speaker Mike Kutzke. Serving begins at 11:15 a.m. with the presentation taking place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 per person or $180 for a reserved table of 8. For tickets or more information contact the Chamber at: 320-763-3161 or info at
  • The Douglas County Mobile Food Drop will take place on Thursday, April 25th 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.
  • Alexandria Nordic Folk Art Festival to celebrate folk art culture on Thursday, April 25th. Events begin at 1:00 p.m. and end with a bracelet making demonstration at 7:30 p.m. at the Runestone Museum. There will be all-day discount shopping downtown, artist demonstrations and Scandinavian treats and much more.
  • The Diabetes Center at Sanford Health Broadway Clinic is hosting a Diabetes Health Fair on Thursday, April 25th at Grand Arbor’s Community Room located at 4403 Pioneer Road SE in Alexandria. This begins at 4:00 p.m. with a welcome and opening remarks and run thru 5:30 p.m. Topics covered are: diabetes and your feet, diabetic shoes: What’s needed and preventing complications with diabetes. You will be able to visit with vendors. Light snacks will be provided.
  • The Douglas County Cemetery Association will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church located at 605 Douglas Street in Alexandria. This meeting is open to all with an interest in the preservation of the county’s cemeteries.
  • Grace Living Community of GlenOaks is hosting their 3rd Annual All You Can Eat Pasta Bar Fundraiser and Silent Auction on Thursday, April 25th. This will be held at Evangelical Covenant Church located at 208 Main Street in New London. Serving is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Advanced tickets are $12.00 for adults by calling: 320-354-6054. Tickets at the door is $15.00 for adult and $5.00 for ages 10 and under. All proceeds will go to helping GlenOaks update the Care Center dining area for campus wide activities and its residents.
  • The Carlos Lions presents Progressive Bingo at Herby’s Bar Grill and Café every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Bingo will be April 25th. All proceeds are donated back to the surrounding community. Herby’s is located at 211 Main Avenue in Carlos.
  • Building Bridges to Create Inclusive Communities presented by Francisco Segovia will be held on Thursday, April 25th in room 743 at the Alexandria Technical and Community College. Join in conversation and information sharing session on: “Recognizing our different life experiences and discovering ideas for building a just society”. Refreshments at 5:30 p.m. with the event to begin at 6:00 p.m. thru 7:30 p.m.
  • Lakes Area Profession Women presents “Lakes Area Battle of the Bakers – Giving Back Never Tasted So Sweet” on Friday, April 26th at Gathered Oaks located at 4550 County Road 34 NW in Alexandria. The hours will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Food will be available for purchase, provided by Garden Bar/ Cash bar/ Vendors and Bakers.
  • Luke’s Lutheran Church in Garfield is having their Annual Fish Fry on Friday, April 26th at the church located at 201 Ida Street East. Serving is from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Presale discounted adult tickets available at Trumm Drug located at 6th and Fillmore Street in Alexandria. Also available at St. Luke’s Lutheran church office. Tickets will be available at the door.
  • The SonRise Christian School is having a Sloppy Joe Fundraiser Supper on Friday, April 26th. Serving is from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The school is located at 35305 585th Avenue in Bluffton.
  • The Alexandria United Methodist Church located at 2210 Sixth Avenue East is having their Annual Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 27th from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Proceeds from rummage sale support Missions: local, National and Worldwide. There will also be a Youth Bake Sale beginning at 7:00 a.m. until sold out. Proceeds from bake sale support church programs.
  • The Parkers Prairie Lions Club is having a 4-Wheeler and ATV Ride on Saturday, April 27th. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the ride begins at 10:00 a.m. The ride begins at Olson Sports on Highway 38 in Parkers Prairie. Lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. at the base of Inspiration Peak. A minimum $25.00 donation to participate. Drivers must be at least sixteen years of age. Drivers and passengers under the age of eighteen must wear a helmet. Proceeds benefit the Parkers Prairie Lions Club’s youth projects.
  • The Alexandria Senior Center is hosting a Mother-Daughter Luncheon on Saturday, April 27th at 11:30 a.m. The theme is “Apron Day”, with lunch, entertainment and door prizes. Cost is $15.00 and children is $6.00. Tickets are on sale at the Senior Center and Trumm Drug. The Center is located at 414 Hawthorne Street.
  • There will be a benefit for Pam Christensen on Saturday, April 27th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Miltona Community Center. There will be a Raffle and Silent Auction. A Spaghetti Dinner will be served from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Pam was diagnosed with a benign tumor in the brain. She has gone through many surgeries and has had to overcome infections as well. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
  • Todd County CAD invites parents of teens, and professionals working with teens to a free training on how to talk with teens. This training, offered by Russ Turner of People Incorporated in Minneapolis, will give you easy tools you can use to address teen behavior and help them navigate through life in a supportive caring way. This training for professionals working with teens will be held on Monday, April 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Sourcewell in Staples. There will also be a parent/grandparent training following from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. with a light meal included. To register call Connie Burns at: 320-732-2221 by Thursday, April 25th. Or you can email her at: Todd County CAD is a coalition that strives to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by youth in Todd County. CAD’s vision is a culture that inspires youth to be alcohol, tobacco and drug free.
  • The Alexandria Lakes Area Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing is having a Fish Fry on Tuesday, April 30th at the Alexandria Elks Lodge located at 115 15th Avenue West in Alexandria. Serving is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The fish will be prepared by the Viking Sportsmen. Cost is $10.00 per person. All proceeds go exclusively to support fishing and pontoon excursions for area seniors. To schedule an outing or for more information call: 320-766-3509 or visit online at:
  • Great River Regional Library kicking off Locally Growin’ fundraiser:

 Locally Growin’ is GRRL’s April fundraiser, and the goal is to help every library raise the funds they need for something special.

 The purpose of this campaign is to promote library support at the local level and get central Minnesotans excited about the great work their local library does all year long.

 Here’s how it works. You get to choose which library you would like to support, and that gift will be put toward a goal chosen by your library.  Each library carefully selects a program, collection item or another “wish list” item.

 Each library’s goal is unique. Here are a few things GRRL is working toward this year:

  1. St Cloud: $3,000 for children’s books, teen book club kits, adult book club kits, ComiCon.
  2. Waite Park: $2000 for Programming, USB Charging Stations, New Train Table, Canopy/tent, Puppets, Outdoor Sign
  3. Cold Spring: $500 for “Wish List:” Bob and the Beachcombers Concert, Escape Room Kits, and Robotics Kits
  4. Long Prairie: $320.00 for ExploraDome traveling planetarium from the Bell Museum.
  5. Paynesville: $400.00 Maker Space tools and supplies; Table-top loom, paint markers, Legos, Snap-circuit, art supplies.

GRRL raised nearly $20, 000 region-wide during the campaign in 2018. The campaign is in its second year. 

 Learn more about Locally Growin’ and give online at locally-growin.

 Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. GRRL supplies the residents of Central Minnesota with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.

  • 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:
  • 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: