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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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.
Alexandria School Board members donned hard hats and safety vests Monday evening and ventured inside the shell of the new Alexandria Area High School. The tour of the new high school construction seemed to breathe life into months and months of meetings, blueprints and planning. Dean Anderson, school board chair, said, "I was impressed with the quality of the construction. Both the exactness and accuracy of a project of this size and the strength and robustness of the structure. We are getting a very quality building.
Summertime has proven to be the deadliest time of year on the roads in Minnesota, largely due to motorists traveling faster at unsafe speeds, with clear roads providing a false sense of security, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). As part of an effort to slow down speeders, DPS is stepping up speed enforcement through this weekend. Statewide, there were 243 speed-related deaths in the last three years. Younger drivers, younger than age 30, accounted for nearly 60 percent of speed-related deaths statewide from 2010 through 2012. Drivers in the ages 30 to 64 age-gr
Calvin Uhl of Osakis took center stage in June to receive the state's Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) J.
The extreme rain event that moved through the Osakis area June 20-21 forced the release of rainwater runoff that had reportedly infiltrated the city's sewer system. How much was released remains unknown, according to Osakis City Council member Kyle Kostrzewski. The majority of the rainwater inflow and infiltration occurred at the city's main lift station, near the downtown boat access.
From shiny chrome to sweet paint jobs, the passion, persistence and detail that go into classic car restoration will be on display in Alexandria Sunday. The Vintage Car Club's 25th annual Car Show is Sunday, June 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. This year, about 250 vehicles are expected to be on display. The show generally draws a crowd of about 1,200. Jerry Cline of Alexandria, vice-president of the Vintage Car Club, said the show has become a last-Sunday-in-June tradition.
The majority of voters expressed support this week for the consolidation of the Brandon and Evansville school districts.
Bob and Katie Winter's place north of Garfield is peaceful, lakeside, private and lovely. They are a warm and welcoming couple, so you can't blame a guy for stopping by to say, "Hi" now and then. Even a four-legged fella. About a month ago, Bob had a close encounter with a deer, a startlingly rare exchange between man and nature. Here's the story of Bob and "Buckie" the deer: On May 14, the Winters woke up and saw a big deer right outside their window, standing in the yard. "We were really concerned because its mouth was all lathered up and his tongue was hanging out.
On Tuesday, voters approved the consolidation of the Brandon and Evansville school districts by a vote of 575 for the merger and 169 against it. Here's the vote totals by district: --Brandon voters: 243 votes for consolidation, 146 votes against. --Evansville voters: 332 votes for consolidation, 23 against. The merger will officially be effective July 1, 2013.
The 45th annual Osakis Festival was ushered in with a wild burst of severe weather last week. Extreme wind gusts during the early morning of June 21 left behind toppled trees, downed power lines and boats tangled with docks on the east side of Lake Osakis. A few festival events were cancelled Friday due to city wide power outages. The community cleaned up and, despite the damage, the festival went on as planned. On Saturday, the sound of chainsaws buzzing and generators chugging was the soundtrack to festival events at Park Osagi.