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.
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I've seen reporters come and go during my journalism career — some are reserved, some are in it for the fame, most are incredibly gifted and, honestly, most fade into my memory. Then there are people like my current co-worker, Crystal. It's weird how co-workers can become friends without really noticing when it happens. I think it's worth taking a moment to reflect on the people we work closest to.
A local man is in Douglas County Jail after his alleged involvement in thefts and burglary in Osakis. According to Osakis Police, a burglary was reported on August 24 at a home on the 200 block of 2nd Avenue West. The homeowner said she heard a noise around 3:30 a.m. in her house and when she went to check, she found a man standing in her kitchen looking in her refrigerator. She reportedly confronted the man, pulled off his mask and he ran from the house. She reported fishing poles and a gas can had been stolen from her garage.
U.S. Senator Al Franken was in Alexandria Wednesday to talk about legislation that will promote partnerships between businesses and community colleges to address a "skills gap" in the country. However, the senator did more listening than touting during his visit. "I brag about Alexandria all the time and use you as an example of what a partnership between industry and a community college can do in terms of jobs and economic development," Franken said.
The phone issues at The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been resolved. The system is operating at full capacity at this time. As of 8:45 a.m. Friday, August 30, the...
Consumer Reports recently gave a top rating to Douglas County Hospital's surgical center for surgical outcomes. The rating is based on the percentage of the hospital's surgical patients who stayed longer than expected for their procedure or died while in the hospital. Those measures are reportedly linked to complications, which hospitals often use to measure quality of care.
Gail and Carl share prime rib dinners and strawberry ice cream. They go for walks and stop to chat with folks. "I just love his paws and he has beautiful eyes," Gail said. When Carl walked into her life, she said it was love at first sight. Bethany Community resident Gail Furos and Carl the St. Bernard puppy were instantly friends when they met in June. Since then, Carl visits Gail nearly every day and the timing of this friendship was perfect. 'SHE WRAPPED HER ARMS RIGHT AROUND HIM'
There's a new cable barrier system snaking its way along a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 94 through the Alexandria area.
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.
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.