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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What's your long-term care plan? Here's an opportunity to get information from a new, local source. On Thursday, February 2, Galeon Coverage, LLC, will host two sessions focusing on long-term care and strategies for staying financially healthy when long-term care services are needed. There will be two workshop opportunities - one at 2 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited.
New art class offered at Lakes Area Charter School On canvas, in clay, with markers, mixed media and wire, students at Lakes Area Charter School (LACS) in Osakis now have the opportunity to express themselves artistically. In October, LACS added an art class to the school's offerings. MEET THE TEACHER Mimi Seykora of Alexandria is the new art teacher at LACS. As a life-long artist, she brings experience in a variety of medium and fresh energy to work with students in grades 7 through 12. "I've always loved art - that's my love, that's what I love doing," she said.
The Osakis Fire Department (OFD) was called to help battle a house fire near Long Prairie on Tuesday. The fire was reported just before 3 p.m. at 22697 Gate Way Drive, on the east side of Little Osakis Lake in Todd County.
Alexandria Fire Department is part of a statewide effort to build a memorial for firefighters killed in the line of duty. The Minnesota Fire Service Foundation is coordinating the memorial project to be built on the state Capitol grounds.
Last month, during alcohol compliance checks in Douglas County, 16 of 25 local alcohol retailers refused to sell to someone younger than age 21. However, 9 of the 25 - about 35 percent - failed the compliance checks. The businesses that failed the compliance check by allegedly serving alcohol to an underage person, include: The Green Iguana in rural Glenwood, Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, The Knotty Pine in Brandon, Brandon Liquor Store in Brandon, Fire Station Bar and Grill in Garfield, Garfield Pub in Garfield, Muddy Boot Bar and Grill in Forada, Forada Liquor Store
The Todd County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) is investigating the theft of a spear house. On January 10, a 6-by-8-foot spear house was reported stolen from Coonhaven Bay on Lake Osakis, northeast of Buck Point. The house was taken sometime between the evening of January 9 and afternoon of January 10, according to TCSO. The house had white sides with a rubber membrane-type material, wooden ends and fishing graphics and the words "Here fishy fish" painted on it. A propane tank with a sunflower-style heater and two spearing decoys were also taken with the spear house. To report information relate
Two men were injured in a construction accident on Wednesday, January 4. The extent of their injuries is not known, but the men were reportedly working on a grain bin at 35494 115th Street in rural Farwell when the accident happened just after noon. According to the Pope County Sheriff's Office, Nick Buell and Anthony Lambutis, employed by Gateway Building Systems, were working 30 to 40 feet off the ground when their equipment malfunctioned.
The body of Maryann Biskey was found January 5 - the day after she was reported missing. Biskey, 57, of rural Burtrum, was found dead about a quarter mile from her residence in Bruce Township. As of Friday, January 6, the cause of her death was not known; an autopsy was scheduled. According to authorities, Biskey's husband woke up January 4 and couldn't find her. Her family and friends had not heard from her since the evening of January 3. The incident remains under investigation.
The body of Maryann Biskey was found Thursday afternoon. Biskey, 57, of rural Burtrum, was found dead about a quarter-mile from her residence in Bruce Township. The Todd County woman was reported missing January 4. At this time, the cause of her death is not known; an autopsy will be performed at the Anoka County Medical Examiner's Office. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Todd County Sheriff's Office at (320) 732-2157. According to authorities, Biskey's husband woke up January 4 and couldn't find her.
The new year begins with a new health care system in Alexandria and lots of questions on how it will work. On January 3, Broadway Medical Center and Sanford Health officially merged to become Sanford Health Broadway Clinic. Sanford Health, based in the Dakotas, has grown to become the largest, rural not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 112 communities in seven states.