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New Alexandria bar/restaurant/golf business gets liquor license – Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA – A new business that’s coming to town, Hook and Slice, received an on-sale and Sunday liquor license from the Alexandria City Council Council Monday night, Oct. 23.

It will be located at 2921 Highway 29 South, between Edina Realty and Anytime Fitness, in the previous Viking Office Supply spot.

Hook and Slice

will offer an elevated golf simulator experience with a lounge for guests to enjoy brick-oven pizza and snacks along with cocktails, beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

Co-owned by Matt Geiselhart and his family in Alexandria and Jordan Yaggie and his family from Wahpeton, North Dakota, Hook and Slice is set to open to the public on Jan. 2, 2024.

A public hearing was held before the council voted to issue the license and no one spoke against it. Geiselhart told the council that he’s lived in the area for 10 years. He said the goal is to bring a different experience to the Alexandria community.

According to the license application, the dining area will occupy 1,798 square feet and have a seating capacity of 120.

The business will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

In another licensing action, the council approved a wine license application that will allow the

Alexandria Blizzard

to sell strong beer and wine during hockey games. The license will be good for the duration of the season, Oct. 7, 2023 to March 2, 2024. If the team makes it to the playoffs, there is a potential for an additional three to four home games, so the license would be extended to April 30.

‘Christmas in Alexandria’ gets approval

A special event permit was issued to the

Runestone Museum Foundation

for “Christmas in Alexandria” on Friday, Nov. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The application was submitted by Amanda Seim, the museum’s director, and Dave Gibbons, owner of

Copper Trail Brewing Company

. They also requested to close Broadway, between Second and Third Avenue to accommodate the event.

Also, the council approved a temporary off-premise community festival liquor license will allow customers to purchase beer at the brewery, 205 Broadway, and take their purchases into the street from 3 to 6 p.m.

The free outdoor event will include festive activities for the family and a lighting ceremony to ring in the holiday season, Seim said.

Between 7,000 and 10,000 people are estimated to attend the event. Customers will be checked for proper identification and wrist-banded.

Alexandria will be bustling with other holiday activities on Nov. 24 – Christmas in the Fort at the Runestone Museum, the Parade of Trees at the Legacy of the Lakes Boathouse, the Lights on Broadway Holiday Light Parade, and a new event, the Friends of Christmas walk-through Christmas light display in the Legacy of the Lakes Gardens.

Nature trail makes headway

A plan to develop a new section of the

Alexandria Nature Trail

took a step ahead Monday night.

The council directed city staff to prepare a letter of intent to receive funding through the state’s

Transportation Alternatives Program

for Section 3 of the trail.

Section 3 is envisioned as a paved, 8-foot wide trail that’s about 4.1 miles long, extending from Nokomis Street at Pioneer Road, circling around Lake Connie and ending at Victor Street at Seventh Avenue, according to City Engineer Tim Schoonhoven.

The council’s action doesn’t obligate the city to proceed with the project in any way, Schoonhoven said. There is no cost to the city.

The cost of the Section 3 trail project was estimated in January at about $730,000, according to Schoonhoven.

“The letter of intent is a vehicle that is used by the funding agency to pre-screen projects prior to the submittal of full applications,” Schoonhoven said in a memo to the council. “Its purpose is only to make this funding available should the city decide to proceed.”

Tim Schoonhoven

If the agency authorizes the city to proceed, the full application will be due in mid-January and separate council action would be required.

The TAP grant would be for construction in 2028.

A group called Friends of the Alexandria Nature Trail supports the plan, which could ultimately create a 13-mile recreational trail connecting Alexandria’s residential and commercial areas from the north to the south.

The group says the trail is a nature-based solution that would provide multiple benefits to nature and the community, including clean water, clean air and flood and drought risk reduction. The project would take pressure off existing infrastructure and reduce long-term stormwater management costs to the city. The trail, according to the group, would provide increased access to nature and incorporate interpretive signs so the community can learn about wetlands, climate change, biodiversity and more.

They said it could be an economic boost to the community as it would draw visitors to the area.

Some fees are going up in Alexandria.

The council gave final approval to the 2024 fee schedule.

Increases include: garbage collection license will increase from $100 to $300; annual tobacco and other related licenses will increase from $140 to $250; annual mobile food truck/vendor license will increase from $100 to $300; fire protection systems, private fire service mains and tent, and other membrane structures will increase from $60 to $150; transient merchant licenses will increase from $100 to $200. Also, the fees for owners of short-term vacation rental are poised to increase to match the increases that were approved by the Douglas County Board.

Police to learn more about body camera technology

The council approved an out-of-state travel request for four Alexandria Police Department staff to learn more about body cameras and in-squad camera technology.

They will travel to Evansville, Wyoming, a suburb of Casper, where a company has been providing the same type of cameras and systems the Alexandria police use.

“Our staff was impressed with the project from a simple demo in the office,” Chief Scott Kent said in a memo to the council. “This vendor has only recently started selling in our region and there are not many police departments that are close for us to travel to in order to see it from a function user and end point.”


Scott Kent

Kent added that the company has had time to “work out the kinks” and would be able to provide his department with working knowledge of the system. Alexandria staff will also meet with the police chief in Wyoming.

The trip is expected to last two to three days.

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