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University of Minnesota-Morris students Francis Reed (left) and Ben Odegaard (right) are working and job-shadowing in Douglas County this summer, focusing on water quality issues. Earlier this month, they joined Steve Henry, a water plan and land use technician for Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District, to meet with Karen Otto, a homeowner on Lake Chippewa who has experienced water runoff on her property this summer. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

Local lessons on water quality

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This summer, two students from the University of Minnesota-Morris (UMM) – Francis Reed and Ben Odegaard – are job-shadowing water quality professionals in Douglas County.


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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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