Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* January 26 Patrol activity, monitored fish house on Lake Le Homme Dieu, no suspicious activity. Suicide, comp came in house, heard gunshot, Memory Ln, Alex. Attempt...
Douglas County Hospital (DCH) may be expanding. During its Jan. 21 meeting, the hospital board voted unanimously to move the project proposal into the design and development phase. The $15 million project still needs formal approval from the hospital board, but preliminary plans include remodeling and adding operating rooms, renovating pre-op and post-op spaces, renovating for a cardiology clinic and adding a corridor to the west side of the facility. Here are preliminary details:
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* January 25 Suspicious activity, comp’s daughter works in Grant County, didn’t return home last night, comp called back, daughter home now, Elbow Lake. Suspicious vehicle sitting...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* January 22 Vehicle in ditch, driver arrested for DWI, small amount of marijuana, Hwy 29. Comp suspects mail compromised, didn’t receive bank statement or rebate, Hope...
The end of 2015 wrapped up the inaugural year for Horizon Public Health. "It's satisfying to look back and see how well it went," said Sandy Tubbs, the agency's administrator. Horizon — the combined, five-county public health department serving residents in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties — launched January 1, 2015. The counties "contract" with Horizon to provide public health services by annually allocating funds — about 12 percent of Horizon's revenue is from county tax dollars.
The future of Andes Tower Hills is still up in the air. Last summer, brothers and ski hill owners Vern and Paul Anderson approached Douglas County commissioners asking if they'd be interested in "... accepting a land and equipment donation from Andes Tower Hills to allow for continued operation of the ski hill through a 501(c)(3) organization ..." The board then voted unanimously to explore the issues surrounding such a venture.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* January 20 Suspicious vehicle at location overnight, vehicle owner called business and advised car broke down and they’d get it moved soon, Hwy 29, Alex. Vehicle...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* January 19 Vehicle in ditch, call transferred to state patrol, I-94, MM93. Theft of large shipment of medications to residence, comp believes he knows suspect, Fryksande...
Last week, each student in the Health Sciences and Human Services Academy played a role. There were jurors, attorneys, witnesses, court reporters, sketch artists, law enforcement and media gathered for a mock murder trial at Alexandria Area High School (AAHS). They studied the concepts and terms related to criminal justice process and investigation, burden of proof, elements of crime, eyewitness testimony, victims of crime, and more.
United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties (UWDP) welcomed a new leader to the non-profit organization. Jen Jabas is in her second week on the job as UWDP's executive director. "I've had nothing but a warm welcome from board members and the staff," Jabas said. She's an Alexandria native, graduated from Jefferson High School in 1996 and earned a psychology and sociology degree from North Dakota State University. After a few years in the Twin Cities, she returned to Alexandria in 2006.