Celeste Edenloff, a reporter for the Echo Press, has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from May of 1999 to February 2011, and is happy to be back and once again sharing the stories of the people in this community. Besides being a reporter, Celeste is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching bootcamp classes through Snap Fitness. She also enjoys running and has participated in more than 170 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, Jan. 17 Suspicious activity, comp reporting one of the houses across the street has several blinking green lights and doesn’t know what it is, Alexandria. Threats, comp reported harassing text messages, Alexandria. Motorist assist, stalled vehicle, gave ride to Hi-View mobile home park, Alexandria.
A preliminary autopsy indicates that the cause of death for the 19-year-old woman who died in an apartment fire in Alexandria Monday was smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide toxicity. According to a news release from the Alexandria Police Department, toxicology studies are pending and a final report will follow. The name of the deceased woman continues to be held as the medical examiner's office works to positively identify the woman through forensics.
About 45 years ago, Kevin Lee was in his very first theater production — "Fiddler on the Roof." Lee said his part wasn't big, but it was fun. At the time, the Andria Theatre was known as the Alexandria Area Arts Association and the performances took place at the high school. Since that 1972 production, Lee, of Miltona, has participated in dozens of shows — not only as an actor, but also as a director, stage manager and producer. He also has written several plays that have been performed on the stage of what is now known as the Andria Theatre.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Jan. 15 Vehicle in ditch, vehicle on County Road 14, Miltona. Vehicle in ditch, MnDOT reported vehicle, South L’Homme Dieu Drive NE, Alexandria. Property damage accident, damaged tire on squad car, Miltona.
Julio Estrada Escobar, an illegal immigrant who made a home with his family in Evansville, is appealing a judge's ruling that he be sent back to his home country of Guatemala. Attorney Jason Nielson has filed the appeal on behalf of Escobar, who was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last July after he was pulled over in Otter Tail County. Nielson, a partner at Igbanugo Partners, an international law firm in the Twin Cities, said in an email interview with the newspaper that Estrada would appeal the Dec. 13 ruling by Immigration Judge Ryan Wood.
Anyone applying for a land use or special permit through the Douglas County Land and Resource Management office may see an increase in fees — depending on the permit. Douglas County commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 16, approved several permit fee increases that take effect Feb. 1.
Terry Aasness, former Evansville mayor and business owner, was known for getting his hands dirty and caring for his community. Aasness, 62, died from heart issues Thursday, Jan. 11, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Visitation is Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Evansville with the funeral set for Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Jan. 12 Fraud, woman contacted psychic in an attempt to make contact with her deceased father. She was charged $220 for their services and now wants them shut down. She was advised that law enforcement couldn’t shut it down and that psychics are intended for entertainment purposes and advised against their use, Carlos.
What can happen when a little girl puts on a cape? In Alisa Star's new children's book, "Birdie Takes the Stage," the little girl is empowered to chase her dreams and follow her imagination right into the spotlight. Star, an award-winning country singer and songwriter from Alexandria, was on maternity leave with her first child when the idea for the book came to her. Besides writing song lyrics, Star loves to write in general and has a passion for trying to empower others and so she thought, "Why not put it all together and put it in a book?"
Have you ever been grateful to be judged by others? On Wednesday, a friend of mine, Christa Thompson, posted on her Facebook page that she was and it made me think. Hard. Why would she be grateful that other people are judging her, which really means criticizing her? She wrote, "Today I'm so grateful I've been judged. Yes, I know that sounds odd, but I'm so thankful to be at a place where I can say that."