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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In the name of efficiency, and ultimately managing costs, Douglas County Hospital (DCH) will merge its medical and surgical departments on June 17. "Throughout the organization, we believe the merger will help us meet our responsibility to our community as a healthcare provider and one of the area's economic drivers," said Carl Vaagenes, CEO of the hospital. The push to merge medical and surgical floors stems from declining census, or fewer people admitted to the hospital. Margaret Kalina, DCH's director of patient services and chief nursing officer, said, "Since 2007, like most hospitals,
On Monday, LifeLink III, will open its hangar door to local medical, public safety and first responder professionals for the opportunity to look inside the air ambulance operation and meet the staff. Alexandria's LifeLink III is one of five air medical transport bases in the state and, on average, the helicopter is launched 30 to 50 times per month.
There are about 120 unbelted traffic deaths each year in Minnesota. That statistic has motivated statewide efforts to beef up seat belt enforcement. The latest effort, "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement campaign held May 20-June 2, netted 10,342 motorists who were cited for not wearing seat belts. Locally, Alexandria and Osakis police departments and Douglas County and Todd County sheriff's offices and Minnesota State Patrol District 2900 took part in the seat belt enforcement wave. In all, 181 citations were issued; the majority of those were issued by the State Patrol.
She wants to be an art teacher or an interior designer when she grows up, but for now, she's fine singing in front of thousands of people. Kadyn Triebenbach, 10, recently took part in two children's honors choirs. Triebenbach is the daughter of Scott and Shelly Triebenbach of Osakis. In March, Kadyn was selected to sing in the national Community Youth Honor Children's Choir hosted in Dallas, Texas. She had just wrapped up her performance in the state children's honor choir last fall. She was one of 150 chosen from a pool of 800 auditions for the state contest.
On June 5, a nine-month investigation culminated with the arrest of six people on drug-related charges. According to a news release from the Todd County Sheriff's Office, several search and arrest warrants were issued for methamphetamine sales in the Staples area. Five law enforcement agencies took part in executing the search warrants at the following locations on June 5: 200 block of Dakota Avenue SE, Staples; Wisconsin Avenue SE, Staples; and Section 9 of Villard Township in Todd County. The six people arrested range in age from 22 to 48 years old.
A Parkers Prairie man was killed Saturday when a tractor flipped and landed on him. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, around 2 p.m. Saturday, rescue crews responded to 15271 County Highway 59 for a report of a tractor on top of a man who was not breathing. The accident happened in a field about 10 miles west of Parkers Prairie. Steven Ray Ferdelman, 53, was killed while he was attempting to pull another tractor that had become stuck in a muddy area in a field, according to authorities.
During Memorial Day weekend, a large, wayward bog morphed into a giant floating headache for lakeshore owners in Schultz's Bay, along the northwest side of Lake Osakis. Jason Neubarth was visiting his parents' lakeplace on Osakis that weekend when a 30 to 40 foot wide and 70 to 80 yard long bog - a soft, spongy, floating landmass - drifted over like an uninvited houseguest. "It was pinned in the bay Saturday morning [May 25], and as we just finished putting our dock and lifts in the lake, another resident a few cabins down removed [the bog] from his and his neighbor's docks, which were start
Around 2:30 a.m. on May 29, law enforcement received several calls about a white truck that had been driven into the Perry's Furniture building on Nokomis Street in Alexandria and then fled from the scene. According to Alexandria Police Department, a 23-year-old man was driving the truck that reportedly hit the building and then drove away. Charges are pending. Dispatchers reportedly received several calls from people who heard the crash early Wednesday.
It's been 50 years since Community Memorial Home opened in Osakis and this weekend, the community is invited to celebrate the community-owned, not-for-profit facility that thrives today. On Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. a 50th anniversary open house will be hosted at Galeon in the Community Memorial Home dining room. The afternoon will include music, refreshments and a program. The program starts at 2 p.m.
Hunting is a tradition intertwined into the lives of many Minnesotans and before they hit the slough, field or forest, those hunters have a substantial economic impact in the state. Representatives from Hunting Works for Minnesota (HWFM) were in Alexandria last week meeting with local stakeholders in hunting-related businesses and groups. Bruce Nustad, co-chair of HWFM, explained that HWFM is a grassroots organization that promotes the role hunting and shooting sports play in both the heritage and economic health of Minnesota.