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During a news conference Wednesday, Brent Smith (left), who signed a purchase agreement for the Jefferson High School property with this wife, Sally, addressed local media about the proposed plans for future use of the school site. Smith was joined by fellow Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission board members Tom Wacholz, Dr. Kevin Kopischke, Jeff Patience, Mark Grandgenett and Deena Steffl during the news conference. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

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No one knows exactly what it will look like, but there’s definitely potential there for future use.


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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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