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Wanted Woman Found at the Wheel

(Alexandria, MN) A Texas woman, wanted in North Dakota is found in a stolen vehicle in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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Thursday 09/03/2015
Highway 29 Update
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 7:43 pm

(Alexandria, MN) MnDOT says crews have hauled a lot of sand and gravel into the work zone this week, just south of Interstate 94 along State Highway 29 South.

Wednesday 09/02/2015
Trusted Choice Orange County Chopper visits Alexandria
Updated: September 02, 2015 - 12:36 pm

(Alexandria, MN) -- If you're going to get a visit from the Trusted Choice  Catastrophe Response Vehicle, Tuesday's visit was the best option.

County Board Headlines
Updated: September 03, 2015 - 12:41 pm

(Alexandria, MN) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday September 1st.  This is the list of topics that Tom Chorley covers in his (attached Related audio clip) Commissioner Report.

Tuesday 09/01/2015
Carlos Elementary School Validated as 2015-2016 Minnesota School of Excellence
Posted: September 01, 2015

Carlos Elementary School has been validated as a Minnesota School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA). This prestigious honor was awarded to Carlos Elementary School for its commitment to 21st century teaching and learning.

Miltona Science Magnet Elementary School Validated as 2015-2016 Minnesota School of Excellence
Posted: September 01, 2015

Miltona Science Magnet Elementary School has been validated as a Minnesota School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA). This prestigious honor was awarded to Miltona Science Magnet Elementary School for its commitment to 21st century teaching and learning.

Traffic Stop Turns to Traffic Chase
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 9:13 am

(Alexandria, MN) On Monday the Alexandria Police Department attempted a traffic stop on North Nokomis Street for a traffic violation. Police say the suspect, 60 year old Mark Lloyd Hoium, attempted to elude officers and a chase ensued.  Top speeds did not go more than 50 miles per hour. Hoium continued to flee eastbound on 3rd Avenue East eventually pulling into an apartment complex on McKay Avenue. A foot pursuit then ensued. The suspect was apprehended on the second floor of the apartment complex located on the 400 block of McKay.  He will be held in custody for fleeing a police officer and other subsequent traffic charges. There were no injuries in the incident.

Monday 08/31/2015
Chorley Chat - Part 2 with Dan Malmstrom
Updated: August 31, 2015 - 8:16 am

In part two of a conversation with Dan Malmstrom, Tom Chorley talks with the President and Chief Operating Officer of Douglas Scientific...

Friday 08/28/2015
Fatal Rollover Accident on Pope - Douglas County Line
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 6:05 pm

A 28 year-old Hutchinson man is dead after a northbound Ford Explorer entered a curve along Highway 29, just north of the Pope County and Douglas County line, and rolled.

Post Office Perfection
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 9:33 am

(Alexandria MN) -- The three day project at the Post Office finished up on Thursday night as they added paint stripes for parking.

Hwy 29 South - The Roundabout is coming!
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 12:03 am

(Alexandria MN) -- Crews continued their work on the culverts near the south end of the Hwy 29 work zone this week. That work will start to wrap up in the next few days.

Thursday 08/27/2015
City Council Looks at Charter
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 8:02 am

(Alexandria, MN)  As part of the Monday, August 24th City Council meeting a number of city charter amendments were looked at and voted on.

Wednesday 08/26/2015
Post Office Parking Lot Make Over
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 8:02 am

(Alexandria MN) For the past several years, a perennial question in Alexandria has been “why is the post office parking lot so horrible?” Great news! The Post Office parking lot is being completely removed and reinstalled.

City Council Meeting- Part Two
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 8:02 am

(Alexandria, MN) The Alexandria City Council met on Monday, August 24th.  Because of the length of the meeting and the numerous items on the agenda, KXRA's Tom Chorley has broken his report into three segments.

Tuesday 08/25/2015
Man Attacks Victim in Front of Police, Pursuit Follows
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 8:02 am

(Alexandria, MN)  According to an Alexandria police report, a 27 year old man is in prison today following a series of violations. 

Large Contingent Participates in Lakeland Hospice Motorcycle Ride
Updated: August 25, 2015 - 8:46 am

(Ashby, MN) -- Even with wet and cold weather on Saturday, August 22nd, nearly 100 bikers showed up for the 14th Annual Lakeland Hospice Motorcycle Ride.

Council Meeting Runs Long
Updated: August 27, 2015 - 8:40 am

(Alexandria, MN)  The Alexandria City Council Meeting ran a little long Monday night.  Because of that, we'll break down the meeting into three parts through Tom Chorely's Council Reports (See enclosed Audio Clip) over the next few days.

Monday 08/24/2015
Private School Goes Public with Plans
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 8:02 am

(Alexandria, MN) After months of planning, discussions, and prayer the board of the new NorthStar Christian Academy (NCA) was prepared to take their plans to the public.  The group gathered at the August Unity Foundation luncheon at the Broadway Ballroom and explained their motivation and attempted to weed through exactly what they hope to accomplish with the new NorthStar Academy.

55 Years, 31,000 graduates and a New Year at ATCC
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 8:02 am

(Alexandria MN) -- Perhaps you’ve noticed the signs all around Alexandria: “Welcome Back ATCC Students.”

Roported Domestic Situation Near Kensington Turns into Search for Suspect
Posted: August 24, 2015

(Kensington, MN)  On Friday, August 21, 2015, just after 3:00pm the Douglas County Law Enforcement Center received a 9-1-1 report of a domestic situation at 8150 Dairy Drive SW in rural Kensington, MN. The complainant reported the domestic dispute had been physical and involved the use of a weapon, but that the male subject had since left the scene.

Chorley Chats with Lonnie Wing
Updated: September 01, 2015 - 8:02 am

(Alexandria, MN) With an August 28, 2015 retirement date set, KXRA Program Director Lonnie Wing sits down with Tom Chorley.

Saturday 08/22/2015
SUV Camper Accident
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 9:26 am

(Carlos, MN) -- Friday, the Douglas County Sheriffs office responded to a two vehicle accident on Hwy 29 north at County Road 13.   Conner Bermel, age 18, of Albertville was towing a camper behind a Chevy Suburban.  As Bermel slowed to make a left hand turn at the Carlos State Park turn off, Rick Jones, age 66, of Alexandria struck the vehicle from behind. Significant damage to the camper was reported as the Ford Explorer driven by Jones pushed into and entered the camper.

Alexandria surgeon leads international symposium to guide new sports medicine doctors
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 9:26 am

(ALEXANDRIA, Mn) – Dr. Jefferson Brand of Heartland Orthopedic Specialists recently lead the Young Sports Medicine Symposium at the Annual Meeting for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine to educate and advise young surgeons.

Friday 08/21/2015
Douglas County Fair – A thrill at any age
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 9:26 am

(Alexandria MN) – Each year in August Douglas County stops down as a community and gears up for some fun. Rides, animals, a tractor pull, live music, vendors and of course, the food!

Water Fights Under the Lights
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 9:26 am

(Alexandria, MN) One of the largest water fights in the upper Midwest took place Thursday night at the Douglas County Fair.

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Friday 08/21/2015
Rain Slows Hwy 29 Progress
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 9:26 am

(Alexandria MN) -- Rain slowed crews down this week, but we're glad nicer weather has returned today. Culvert work continues on the south end of the Hwy 29 work zone near the site of the new roundabout. That's where the majority of the activity over the next week.

Wednesday 08/19/2015
ALP Planned Power Outage
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 2:21 pm

(Alexandria MN) -- ALP electric customers north of the Lake Carlos/Lake Le Homme Dieu bridge received a notice that a planned power outage would occur in their area on Wednesday, August 19th.

County Commissioners Meet
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 9:26 am

(Douglas County, MN) --  County Commissioners meet on Tuesday 8/18/2015.  Tom Chorley reports about the following headlines:

Monday 08/17/2015
Alexandria Pair Join Minnesota Millionaire Club!
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 9:26 am

(Alexandria MN) --  Gail Murray of Carlos, who owns Jerry’s Bar and Grill in Alexandria, and customer Cal Stueve of Alexandria occasionally pool their money to purchase $50 Minnesota Millionaire Club scratch tickets.

Friday 08/14/2015
Deputies Search For Stolen Firearms, Find Drugs
Updated: August 14, 2015 - 4:41 pm

(Alexandria, MN)  A 24-year old woman has been arrested after officers executed a search warrant at 206 Cowdry Heights NW, near Alexandria. 

50th Ave Opens!
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 9:26 am

(Alexandria MN) --  With the addition of the new Alexandria Area High School, it became apparent that changes were needed on 50th Ave on the south side of Alexandria.

Hwy 29 South Project Update
Updated: August 26, 2015 - 9:26 am

(Alexandria MN) -- Muck excavation (removal of wetter soils in the marshy areas) on the west side of Hwy 29 is now complete. Crews are now concentrating on culvert and drainage work. Culverts are complete on the new alignment of Co Rd 28, and crews are working near the roundabout site.

Thursday 08/13/2015
Fundraiser to Protect K9 Unit
Updated: August 18, 2015 - 7:44 am

A fundraiser is currently underway to help protect Douglas County's own Canine Unit with protective vests. The Police K9 INvest Project is a Minneapolis-based volunteer group that takes in donations to help finance these specialty-made vests, and they are now taking donations for vests that will be sent to Douglas County K9 officers Vinny and Ozzy!

Wednesday 08/12/2015
USA Network Announces National USA Unites Awards - Alexandria Resident Wins!
Updated: August 18, 2015 - 7:44 am

Honorees, Including First-Ever Youth Winner, to Receive $5,000 Grants at Special Community Events and Recognition On-Air and Online

Workshop Fire Near Nelson
Posted: August 12, 2015

(Nelson, MN) On Tuesday evening at 8:25PM the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a call of a barn/workshop on fire.

Tuesday 08/11/2015
Lake Amoeba Not Cause of Alexandria Boy's Death
Updated: August 15, 2015 - 7:31 am

The Minnesota Health of Department says lab tests by the C-D-C determined that 14-year-old Hunter Boutain from Alexandria, who died after swimming in Lake Minnewaska this summer, was not the victim of a disease carried by an amoeba in the water.

City Council Looks at Charter Amendments, Welcome New Police Officer
Updated: August 14, 2015 - 11:51 am

(Alexandria, MN) The Alexandria City Council looked into a variety of issues on Monday, August 10th.

Theft charges filed against first responder in Ottertail County crash that killed two teenagers
Posted: August 11, 2015

ST. PAUL — A member of the Dalton (Minn.) Fire and Rescue Squad who responded to a June 23, 2015, double fatal crash in Ottertail County has been charged for allegedly taking money from a crash victim’s wallet.

Monday 08/10/2015
Car Fire on Hwy 29N
Updated: August 12, 2015 - 8:43 am

(Miltona, MN)  A car caught fire along Highway 29 just a few miles south of Miltona Sunday afternoon.

Chorley Chat: Dan Malmstrom
Updated: August 14, 2015 - 11:51 am

In this week's Chorley Chat, KXRA's Tom Chorley talks with Douglas Scientific President and Chief Operating Officer, Dan Malmstrom

Friday 08/07/2015
Traffic Stop Leads Authorities Across County Lines
Updated: August 12, 2015 - 8:43 am

(Alexandria, MN) On Wednesday authorities arrested a 29-year old Alexandria man following a traffic stop.

Thursday 08/06/2015
Minnesota agency warns of harmful algae, bacteria in lakes
Updated: August 08, 2015 - 7:52 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Department of Health officials are warning swimmers about harmful blue-green algae and high E. coli levels that have shown up in lakes across the state.

Run For Rhiley Scheduled for Saturday in Brandon
Updated: August 08, 2015 - 9:04 pm

(Brandon, MN) -- The 5k "Run For Rhiley" to benefit the family of the late Rhiley Henneman will take place during the Brandon Midsummerfest on Saturday, August 8th at 8 a.m.

Governor Dayton Announces Delegates for Mexico Trade Mission
Updated: August 12, 2015 - 8:43 am

ST. PAUL, MN – Thirty-six delegates representing Minnesota businesses, the state’s agriculture industry, and education institutions will accompany Governor Mark Dayton on a trade mission to Mexico City and Guadalajara, beginning August 9, 2015.

Big News for Big Ole
Updated: August 11, 2015 - 8:19 am

(Alexandria MN) – If Big Ole weren’t attached to his pedestal, he might be doing a little dance this morning because of a big announcement at the Runestone Museum’s Annual Presidents Steak Fry. Dave Vagle, Chairman of the Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AAFC) announced $10,000 in matching grants. According to Vagle, this means the AAFC has contributed over $170,000 to projects in the Alexandria Area.

Waterfights: New Event for Douglas County Fair
Updated: August 11, 2015 - 8:19 am

(Alexandria, MN) Many small towns have waterfights among fire departments, but for this year's Douglas County Fair, they're hoping to make a big splash.

Timberwolves Guard Tyus Jones Chats with D-Mac
Updated: August 11, 2015 - 8:19 am

(Alexandria, MN) -- During the Minnesota Timberwolves caravan stop in Alexandria on Tuesday, KXRA Sports Director Dave McClurg spoke with the Wolves' rookie guard Tyus Jones.

Wednesday 08/05/2015
50th Avenue Gets the Final Layer
Updated: August 11, 2015 - 8:19 am

(Alexandria, MN)  It won't be long before traffic returns to 50th Avenue on the south side of Alexandria.

Garage Fire in Alexandria
Updated: August 05, 2015 - 9:19 am

(Alexandria, MN) On August 4th, 2015 at approximately 12:55 a.m., it was reported that a garage was on fire at 505 S McKay Avenue.

County Board Moves on Liquor Ordinance, Discuss Audit
Updated: August 08, 2015 - 7:56 am

(Alexandria, MN) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday morning to go over their monthly agenda items.

Alexandria Public Schools back to school packets ready for pick-up
Posted: August 05, 2015

Back-to-school packets with student schedules and/or teacher assignments can be picked up at your son/daughter’s school on the following dates and times:

Alexandria Technical & Community College Students Excel at SkillsUSA
Updated: August 05, 2015 - 10:46 am

(Alexandria MN) -- Nine students from Alexandria Technical & Community College participate and place in the top 10 of their respective contests at the 2015 National SkillUSA Championships.

Community Night Out - A Big Hit Again!
Updated: August 08, 2015 - 7:56 am

(Alexandria MN) -- Hundreds and Hundreds of people came out to City Park on Tuesday night for the 32nd annual National Night Out.   While the city of Alexandria has only participated half of that time, the event has continued to grow.

Tuesday 08/04/2015
Police Arrest Five in Possible Kidnapping in Idaho
Updated: August 05, 2015 - 10:46 am

(Melrose, MN) -- A 9-1-1 call about a group of campers behaving strangely led to the arrests of two women and five men from Idaho who are suspected of kidnapping a child.

Minnesota Timberwolves Caravan Stops in Alexandria
Updated: August 05, 2015 - 1:44 pm

(Alexandria, MN) -- Minnesota native Tyus Jones was the starring attraction as the Timberwolves hosted a free basketball clinic for young basketball fans at the Alexandria Area YMCA Tuesday morning.

The Bigger They Are…
Updated: August 06, 2015 - 8:28 am

(Alexandria MN) -- Tourists still stop to have their picture taken with Big Ole. Scaffolding and the orange protective fence hasn’t dampened their enthusiasm. Things are not entirely great with Big Ole these days. The Runestone Museum, who oversee Ole’s well being have hired Bill Stark to make big repair.  After 50 years of standing guard, the fiberglass and overall structure of Big Ole is in poor shape. Executive Director of the Runestone Museum, Jim Bergquist explains.

Monday 08/03/2015
Chorely Chat: Dr. Laura Urban
Updated: August 08, 2015 - 7:56 am

Dr. Laura Urban celebrated her First Anniversary, June 1st , as President of Alexandria Technical and Community College.

2015 T-Wolves Caravan Visits Alexandria Tuesday
Updated: August 17, 2015 - 8:32 pm

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to embark on the 2015 Timberwolves Caravan, presented by U.S. Bank, with the first stop in Alexandria Tuesday, August 4th.

Lonnie Wing to Retire from 1490 AM KXRA
Updated: August 06, 2015 - 8:28 am

(Alexandria MN) -- Last Friday during the 11:30 stop and chat, Lonnie Wing, long time announcer on KXRA, 1490AM and 100.3FM, announced on air that he would be retiring August 28th of 2015.

Alexandria Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident
Updated: August 06, 2015 - 8:28 am

(Monticello, MN) Just after noon Sunday an Alexandria man was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident near Monticello.

Saturday 08/01/2015
Boating Accident Kills 76-Year-Old Man
Posted: August 01, 2015

(Sunburg, MN) -- Officials in Kandiyohi County say a 76-year-old man drowned when the pontoon boat he was on tipped over, trapping him under water for about 20 minutes.

A Reason to Celebrate
Updated: August 06, 2015 - 8:28 am

(Miltona, MN) Golf meets normally bring with them a little bit of tension and and air of intense competitiveness, but last Thursday's Special Olympics Area 4 meet, it was all about celebration.

Friday 07/31/2015
Hwy 29 South Construction Update
Updated: August 03, 2015 - 2:22 pm

(Alexandria MN) -- If you've driven down Hwy 29 this week, you've noticed dirt work has really picked up.

Thursday 07/30/2015
Where to Bike Through Downtown Made Clearer
Updated: August 03, 2015 - 2:22 pm

(Alexandria, MN) When talks about re-doing Broadway Street began several years ago, the discussion about a bike path through Alexandria's downtown region began.  Although the bike path on the sidewalks did not make the final drawing and consequently, the project itself, the need to be able to get around downtown on bike has remained.

Wednesday 07/29/2015
Motorcycle Crash Near Brandon
Updated: August 03, 2015 - 8:53 am

(Brandon, MN)  Wednesday morning the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a personal injury motorcycle accident north of Brandon, more than a half-day after it happened.

Car Collides with Semi; Five Sent to Hospital
Updated: August 03, 2015 - 8:53 am

(Leaf Valley, MN) Tuesday afternoon on July 28th five people were transported to the hospital following a crash involving a car and a semi. 

TRAVEL ALERT: I-94 traffic switches near Fergus Falls
Posted: July 29, 2015

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – All traffic on Interstate 94 northwest of Fergus Falls has shifted to the eastbound lanes.

New Life to Downtown
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 7:19 am

(Alexandria, MN) Alexandria's Downtown Revitalization Project of 2014 is now fully alive as of Tuesday morning.  The landscaping company hired to install the 79 trees along Broadway Street replaced 10 trees that had yet to show signs of life after being planted last October.

Tuesday 07/28/2015
700 Cedar Building Burglarized
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 7:19 am

On Monday, 07/27/15, Alexandria police officers were called to 700 Cedar Street for the report of a burglary.

Beer Sales Allowed at the Douglas County Fair, City Decides on Other Issues As Well
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 7:19 am

(Alexandria, MN)  The Alexandria City Council met on Monday, July 27th to discuss whether beer sales should be sold at the RCC during the Douglas County Fair. 

Monday 07/27/2015
Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson and Representative Mary Franson Receive Awards from CGMC
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 7:19 am

ST. PAUL—Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 23 during the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Duluth for her excellence in service to Greater Minnesota.

East Lake Mary Fire
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 7:19 am

(Alexandria, MN) A family is safe after a fire started in their cabin home on the eastern shore of Lake Mary.

Water Main Break at Senator Condominiums in Alexandria
Updated: July 29, 2015 - 10:38 am

On Sunday July 26th, 2015 at approximately 2:40 am the Alexandria Police Department was dispatched to the Senator Condominiums on the report of a possible water main break. Officers arrived on scene and immediately had the Alexandria Fire Department paged to the scene due to the large amount of water that had flooded the east side of the building. Other agencies including Alexandria Light and Power and Douglas County Emergency Management also responded to assist at the scene. It was found that a pipe underneath the building had ruptured. Some of the units were not affected by the water main break and these residents were able to stay, while other residents made arrangements to stay elsewhere until this issue is resolved.

Glenwood Shines During 60th Annual Waterama
Updated: July 29, 2015 - 10:37 am

(Glenwood, MN) -- The 60th annual Waterama celebration concluded with Sunday evening's coronation at Glenwood City Park, as new royalty was seated for the coming year.

Sunday 07/26/2015
AAEDC, Same Direction – New Staff
Updated: July 29, 2015 - 10:37 am

(Alexandria MN) -- It’s been a busy year of transition at the Alexandria Area Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC.)