Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in nearly 200 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, Oct. 17 Suspicious activity, caller was checking game camera and on Sept. 18, saw a vehicle come into the yard and a female look in the house, walked around the shed and looked in the windows, wanted it documented, Liberty Road NW. Fire, report of a lawnmower on fire, Maple Lane NE. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 14 NE, Highway 29 N.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, Oct. 16 Stolen vehicle, caller reported someone stole his vehicle, Brandon. Assist other agency, stopped vehicle for police officer who handled complaint of two young children, one in the front seat and one in the back, not buckled or in a car seat. Animal complaint, report of cows on the road, County Road 10 SE, County Road 3 SE, Osakis.
What started out three weeks ago as just two guys talking about what to do with leftover food from an event they hosted has turned into a community effort and a semi truck-full of donated items headed to the victims of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. "It was truly nothing more than, 'What do you think?' three weeks ago," said Rick Jones. "And now we have a semi truck and a group of guys headed to help the victims. "This is an amazing town and reminds me of the Bible verse, 'Ask and you shall receive.'"
The results are in: the Brandon-Evansville School District has great teachers and staff, but the buildings are in need of repair and modernization. In addition, residents like the smaller class sizes found in the district, but there are some challenges when it comes to students and staff having to travel between two buildings, one in Evansville and one in Brandon.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Oct. 15 Assist other agency, trailer fire, 6th Avenue E. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 14 NE, County Road 3 NE, Miltona. Theft, caller reported two vehicles broken into, daughter’s purse was stolen, Red Fox Lane SE. Lost property, lost a dark blue snap on pontoon cover, Lake Mina.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Oct. 12 Animal complaint, caller reported neighbor’s dog came into her house through doggy door and scared her, ongoing program with dog always being out, talked with dog owner, advised him of township ordinance, he will make sure his dog stays in his yard. Theft, caller reported engagement ring was stolen out of her bathroom cupboard, Carlos.
A 63-year-old Alexandria man was taken to the hospital after his vehicle rolled on Highway 29. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, around 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Michael Allen was driving a 2015 Subaru Forester southbound on Highway 29, south of County Road 42, near Carlos. His vehicle went off the road to the right and then rolled before hitting a tree and coming to rest. Allen was taken by North Ambulance to Alomere Health with non-life threatening injuries.
LifeRight Outreach in Alexandria is doing its part to help hurricane victims in North Carolina. And there is still time for residents in Alexandria to do their part, too. Tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., donations can be dropped off at Alexandria Industries, 401 County Road 22 NW. LifeRight volunteers will be in the back parking lot accepting and loading items. Donations needed include gently used clothing (all sizes), blankets, towels, househould goods, canned goods, toiletries, diapers, paper products, toys and more.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, Oct 11 Assist other agency, assisted with lights for pickup in the westbound median, east of exit 103 on Interstate 94. Suspicious activity, caller reported someone was banging on his door, then left in vehicle and now parked by Highway 27, called back, realized it was his friends and no longer needed someone to respond.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, Oct. 9 Motorist assist, vehicle is off the roadway, no one is around, will check on it later. Criminal damage to property, caller reported his vehicle was damaged while parked on minimum maintenance road. Fraud, caller reported eBay and PayPal accounts were hacked.