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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Last Thursday, Jennie Hevern was named the 2013 Outstanding Senior Citizen of Douglas County and even during her acceptance speech, she encouraged others to simply care for one another. "Most of all what I'm thankful for is that I'm approachable enough that people will call me because everybody at some time in their life is going to have a struggle and they may be people all of us think are doing really pretty well and they get into a time when they're not doing so good.
Douglas County kids work on projects all summer and, come county fair time, it's time to face the judges. Who are the people that decide a blue ribbon goes to Johnny and a red ribbon goes to Sue? They're people like Kaye Zebarth of Brandon. She helped judge this year's 4-H clothing and textiles category. "I was a 4-H'er all my life and I always wanted to be judge," she said. "My mom was a judge for years and years.
Last week, veterans outreach staff from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's office toured the state to host forums offering information about opportunities for veteran benefits. They stopped in Alexandria Thursday along with several state agency representatives.
Alexandria School District 206 recently launched efforts to partner with community leaders on the new learning academies concept. During a meeting August 6 with 14 people representing the area's business, communication and entrepreneurship sectors, learning academies were explained and people at the meeting were asked to consider joining advisory teams to help develop a curriculum with teachers and host student learning opportunities at their place of business. According to the district, "Through externship experiences, teachers can connect curriculum to a real-world application.
Tickets are on sale now for the always-popular Taste of Home Cooking School set for Tuesday, September 24 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria. Tickets are available at two locations: -- Echo Press office: 225 7th Avenue East in Alexandria; and -- Elden's Fresh Foods: corner of Third Avenue East and Nokomis Street in Alexandria. General admission tickets are $12 and available at either location. VIP tickets are available for $35 at the Echo Press office.
Next time you look to the stars, consider this: Osakis is key in what scientists are learning about space. A farm place east of Osakis houses scientific equipment that gathers data on the weather in space. The equipment is used as part of a project called Canadian Array for Realtime Investigations of Magnetic Activity (CARISMA), led by Professor David Milling at the University of Alberta (UofA) in Canada. Judi and Gregg Anderson of Osakis partnered with Milling and offered up a corner of their pole barn to host the UofA's big black box.
On August 6, thousands of communities nationwide will celebrate the 30th annual National Night Out and Alexandria is taking part too with its annual Community Night Out. Local families are invited to attend Community Night Out at City Park in Alexandria on Tuesday, August 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Amanda Lea Peltier, 31, of Starbuck has been charged with the murder of 4-year-old Eric Parker Dean, her fiance's son. Eric was the son of Sommar Kemp of Glenwood and David Dean of Starbuck.
Active Living Douglas County (ALDC) recently celebrated five years of progress.
Test results have been returned to city officials regarding the impact of a water runoff event that flowed into Lake Osakis. A heavy rain moved through the Osakis area June 20-21 and forced the release of rainwater runoff that had reportedly infiltrated the city's sewer system. How much was released remains unknown. Three of six water samples taken from Lake Osakis indicated elevated E. coli levels.