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Last Wednesday, a picnic gathering celebrated five years of projects generated by Active Living Douglas County and community partners. The event was held at Big Ole Park and featured recent additions to the park's shelter, Walk and Explore Maps, a Central Lakes Bike Trail map and master plan for the park, which the Active Living group helped create. (Photo by Amy Chaffins)

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Active Living Douglas County (ALDC) recently celebrated five years of progress. They're a local coalition geared toward building a community that supports physical activity.


Over the years, brainstorming sessions have evolved into planning, design and programs; things like the Cycle to Work program, bike racks installed outside businesses, promotion for living an active lifestyle, creation of Community Walking Maps and more.

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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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