Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.
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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 Hospital (DCH) was financially healthy in 2015, according to an audit presented last week. The hospital's total operating revenue for 2015 was $140.5 million and total operating expenses were $130.3 million. The hospital reported an operating income of approximately $10.2 million for 2015 compared to 2014's operating income of $11.6 million. According to a summary statement, DCH had operating revenue growth of 2.8 percent in 2015 compared to 10.2 percent in 2014. Operating expenses increased 4.2 percent in 2015 compared to 6.5 percent in 2014.
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.
For now, Douglas County will continue to contract with the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide probation services. During Tuesday's county board meeting, commissioners voted to continue with the DOC for probation services for the next two years, along with implementing recommendations made by a task force. In 2015, that local task force was established to gather information about possibly converting from the current state-run supervision service of offenders to a Community Corrections Act (CCA) system, which puts the county in charge of supervision services.