Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.
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Big Ole is looking a bit vulnerable this week. The Fiberglas giant was forced to set down his shield. Structural and aesthetic repairs continue to be made to the 28-foot-tall Viking statue that stands at the north end of Broadway in downtown Alexandria. Big Ole will get a new coat of Fiberglas, repairs to his cape, a new paint job and more as the project proceeds. Big Ole's arms need some repairs but nothing too extensive, said Jim Bergquist, Runestone Museum director.
Local plastic wrap collection efforts are up for a state award. Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) is part of a group nominated for a 2016 Environmental Initiative Award. Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit organization developing collaborative solutions to Minnesota's environmental problems. Recycling Association of Minnesota launched the plastic collection project in 2014 and has since added partners across the state.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* Wednesday, May 4 Suspicious vehicle parked in front of comp’s house since 5 a.m., can’t see if it’s occupied, afraid to go check, unoccupied, attempt to...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* Tuesday, May 3 Check welfare of suicidal male, request from Grant County Sheriff’s Office, stated he’s in woods near Alex, deputy talked to his friends, stated...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* Monday, May 2 Patrol activity, employee closing for the night, Hwy 29. Suspicious vehicle on side of road, car tore apart, seat is on roof, trunk...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* Friday, April 29 Injury crash, driver rolled vehicle, cut on hand, CR91/Hwy27, Alex. Suspicious vehicle left in parking lot for several days, owner reported it has...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* Wednesday, April 27 Suspicious vehicle parked in field approach off CR87/Brush Wolf Rd for last few days, vehicle not hazard, may be there for field work,...
A solar farm to be built on the south side of Osakis will soon begin harvesting the sun. The 5 megawatt solar farm was approved by the Douglas County Board earlier this month. The solar farm will include 21,600 fixed solar panels across 35 acres of land along Highway 27. The property owner is Christopher Herickhoff of Villard. The land will be leased by Novel Energy Systems (NES) of Rochester. Electricity generated at the farm will enter the power grid at the adjacent Xcel Energy substation, one of the few areas of Douglas County served by the power company.
In Minnesota, 91,000 people age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's disease, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Alzheimer's disease symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks, according to the Alzheimer's Association. There's no cure, but treatment is available. Meanwhile, caregivers, family, friends and community members can struggle with how to best communicate with the patient.
Small towns and their survival will be in the spotlight Sunday on Pioneer Public Television. The public affairs show, Compass, will feature small towns that are being revitalized and steps every community can take to adapt to changing times. The program airs Sunday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m. Guests on the show will include Cindy Bigger, retired Extension educator and consultant; Ryan Pesch, U of M Community Economic Team Extension agent; and Muriel Krusemark, retired economic development director for the city of Hoffman.