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To illustrate the safe environment for an infant to sleep, state and local officials gathered at the home of child care provider Kelsi Timm (left) in Alexandria last Wednesday morning. Timm placed her son, 6-month-old Blake, on his back in a playpen, with no blankets, pillows, bumper pads or toys. (Echo Press photo by Amy Chaffins)

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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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