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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In federal court in Duluth on Friday, December 2, a felon from Brandon was sentenced as an armed career criminal for possessing two firearms. According to a U.S. Attorney's office news release, United States District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle sentenced Jeffrey Allen Stoltz,49, to 210 months in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Stoltz was indicted on March 15, 2011, and was convicted on July 27, 2011. Look for details in the December 7 issue of the Echo Press.
Four people were arrested in Alexandria Monday after a gun-pointing incident on Interstate 94. According to the State Patrol, at 4:48 p.m., a motorist reported seeing another vehicle with a person pointing a gun at others on the freeway. It was also reported that one of the people in the green Chevrolet Cavalier was wearing a ski mask. The incident happened about 10 miles east of Alexandria on I-94. The State Patrol and Alexandria Police Department stopped the vehicle a short time later near the intersection of Broadway Street and 10th Avenue South in Alexandria. An air-powered handgun, c
Six months after an Osakis woman was murdered, the suspect has pleaded guilty. Jeffrey Allan Brooks, of Alexandria, entered a guilty plea on November 18 for the murder of Diane Fortenberry. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 480 months. Brooks will be sentenced in January 2012. On May 20, Fortenberry stopped home after lunch and reportedly interrupted a burglary at her home in rural Osakis. Fortenberry, 51, was assaulted and she died from blunt force trauma injuries. On May 27, Brooks was arrested in Alexandria. Investigators discovered a fing
Here it comes. Winter 2011-2012 blew in over the weekend and, according to meteorologists it's going to be a dooozie. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has projected a "colder and wetter" winter - a lot like last winter. La Nina bears the blame for ushering in a blast of winter. KSAX-TV Meteorologist Mark Anthony explained, "During times of La Nina, the jet stream is pushed further north and brings storm systems across the Midwest and Upper Midwest.
This is probably the closest I'll ever get to flying a spaceship - it's that cool. Earlier this month, I took a 2012 Chevrolet Volt for a spin. For 24 hours, the kind folks at Alexandria Motors let me take the Volt home to do some hands-on research behind the wheel. I zipped around town, took a cruise out to Carlos and drove over to Arrowwood and I must say, driving the Volt was the most fun I've had in a long time. The Volt The Chevy Volt is an electric car with two sources of energy - the battery and an engine that uses gas to generate electricity. On a full-charge, the vehicle will
The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) has released the names of the drivers involved in Tuesday's fiery semi truck crash in Alexandria. John Worlie, 59, of Cambridge, was driving a 1995 International semi truck southbound on Highway 29 when he jackknifed his truck to avoid crashing with a vehicle in front of him.
A simple e-mail request has produced an outpouring of local generosity. Marisa Ostendorf of Alexandria picked up on a particular request made by U.S. soldiers serving in the Middle East - please send golf balls. While serving in the desert, many soldiers spend their free time hitting golf balls. Ostendorf heard about the golf ball request from her friend, Angie Heidelberger, whose husband, Ryan, is currently serving in the Middle East; he's a member of the Red Bulls unit based in Albert Lea.
Alexandria firefighters battled a fiery crash on Highway 29 just south of the Interstate 94 overpass Tuesday around 7 a.m. There were no reports of injuries. According to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP), John Worlie, 59, of Cambridge, was driving a 1995 International semi truck southbound on Highway 29 when he jackknifed his truck to avoid crashing with a vehicle in front of him. At that point, a 1996 Freightliner semi truck driven by Fred Lambert, 47, of Pine River rear-ended Worlie's truck. Both vehicles ended up in the west ditch and Worlie's truck burst into flames, according to MSP.
Alexandria firefighters battled a fiery crash on Highway 29 just south of the Interstate 94 overpass this morning. There were no reports of injuries. According to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP), John Worlie, 59, of Cambridge, was driving a 1995 International semi truck southbound on Highway 29 when he jackknifed his truck to avoid crashing with a vehicle in front of him. At that point, a 1996 Freightliner semi truck driven by Fred Lambert, 47, of Pine River rear-ended Worlie's truck. Both vehicles ended up in the west ditch and Worlie's truck burst into flames, according to MSP.
There are obvious differences between rural and urban areas of Minnesota - population, traffic - but there's one element that's strikingly different - health. The health status of rural Minnesotans has been detailed in a report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. The report is a summary of information from 2009 statistics.