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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First came the rain, then the sleet and now, as of 5:30 p.m., it's still snowing... A winter storm warning remains in effect for the Alexandria area through midnight. Three to five inches of snow is in the forecast. All that heavy snow is piling up on top of sloppy puddles and wet roads and sidewalks. As the sleet turned to snow earlier this afternoon, several crashes were reported on area roads. Several crashes were reported on Interstate 94, but no serious injuries.
On Sunday, around 2 p.m., Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) responded to a four-stall garage fire at 310 Unumb Court at Maple Ridge Manor apartments. When firefighters arrived, the fire had consumed the south end of the garage. One vehicle parked in a garage stall was destroyed and another vehicle parked nearby was damaged.
Osakis native Claire Witt recently came home to share her artistic talents and help local students leave a legacy. Witt is an Osakis High School graduate and has made a career as an artist. Now, she's taking part in a 10-day artist in residence program that provides an opportunity for students to learn from her as they create clay tiles.
Alexandria Area High School continues to take shape. During their monthly meeting Monday, the Alexandria School Board was updated on construction progress at the high school work site. The following is an overview of work done, work in progress and what's to come over the next three months: Previous three months: Footings and foundations are in place for dugouts at the athletic fields. A permanent power line was installed at the site. A permanent irrigation well was installed. It was also reported that 100 percent of the footing and foundation excavation and construction is now
It's likely a childhood bike ride with her sisters from Lazy Day Villa Resort in Alexandria to Carlos Corners inspired Megan Ausen to tackle a bike ride across the country in adulthood. "We would really get into this eight-mile bike ride," Ausen told the Echo Press. "My sister, Sonja, even strapped a portable radio to the handlebars of her bicycle to provide us with music while we rode." Ausen, now 26 years old and living in New York City, will depart for a cross country bike ride on March 2. She and her friend, Kara Capelli, will leave from Washington, D.C.
Under all that snow and ice, Mother Nature is patiently waiting to sprout green grass and nourish delicate spring flowers. Believe it or not, spring is on the way. In the meantime, here's a little hope.
Like a giant metal dinosaur, a massive tank was slowly moved through Alexandria Thursday morning. According to Minnesota State Trooper Jesse Grabow, the 222,000 pound pressure tank was being moved from Texas to a chemical company in Chicago. As the huge tank made a turn, traffic was temporarily stopped Thursday morning at the intersections of Highway 27 and 29 on Alexandria's south side.
Development of a new Douglas County Parks and Trails Plan is well under way, but there's still time to have your say. The plan is a blueprint for the county's parks, open spaces, trails and bikeways over the next 25 years. "We're trying to take a look at: What do we have? What do people wish we had? And how do we make these things come together?
A local woman was injured in a snowmobile crash near Miltona over the weekend. On Saturday, February 16 just after 4 p.m., a snowmobile crash was reported near 15955 County Road 3 in Spruce Hill Township. Kelly Louise Irish, 47, of Miltona, was injured after she reportedly slid off the snowmobile she was driving as she passed through an open gated area.