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Just 36 hours after the Andersons’ home was destroyed, the community had already donated dozens of boxes, bags and totes full of clothes, toys and everyday living essentials to the young family. Wednesday afternoon, the Andersons’ daughters, Dakotah, 5, and Dalilah, 4, looked at the donations. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

Family who lost everything in fire awed by outpouring

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An early morning fire Tuesday at 409 Elm Street destroyed an Alexandria family’s home.


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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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