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Jake Odland is the new director of the Douglas County Library. He's an Alexandria native and currently, he's reading Book of Killowen, a mystery by Minnesota author Erin Hart. (Photo by Amy Chaffins)

Tech-savvy director leads library into future

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Jake Odland is a smart, interesting, easy-going guy with a professional personality, the kind of person who creates a welcoming atmosphere.

That makes him a perfect fit for his new job as director of the Douglas County Library.

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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. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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