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The Karen Simmons Study Room is open for use at Douglas County Library. It’s a new space dedicated in memory of Simmons, who was a longtime children’s librarian and library director. She was killed in a vehicle accident on her way to work last February. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

Library honors Karen Simmons

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A woman who dedicated her career to children, reading and libraries has been memorialized in a way that will forever bring comfort to local library visitors.


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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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