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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Tickets are on sale now for the always-popular Taste of Home Cooking School set for Tuesday, September 24 at Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria. Tickets are available at two locations: -- Echo Press office: 225 7th Avenue East in Alexandria; and -- Elden's Fresh Foods: corner of Third Avenue East and Nokomis Street in Alexandria. General admission tickets are $12 and available at either location. VIP tickets are available for $35 at the Echo Press office.
Next time you look to the stars, consider this: Osakis is key in what scientists are learning about space. A farm place east of Osakis houses scientific equipment that gathers data on the weather in space. The equipment is used as part of a project called Canadian Array for Realtime Investigations of Magnetic Activity (CARISMA), led by Professor David Milling at the University of Alberta (UofA) in Canada. Judi and Gregg Anderson of Osakis partnered with Milling and offered up a corner of their pole barn to host the UofA's big black box.
On August 6, thousands of communities nationwide will celebrate the 30th annual National Night Out and Alexandria is taking part too with its annual Community Night Out. Local families are invited to attend Community Night Out at City Park in Alexandria on Tuesday, August 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Amanda Lea Peltier, 31, of Starbuck has been charged with the murder of 4-year-old Eric Parker Dean, her fiance's son. Eric was the son of Sommar Kemp of Glenwood and David Dean of Starbuck.
Active Living Douglas County (ALDC) recently celebrated five years of progress.
A rough ride will soon be a whole lot smoother for students, staff, parents and bus drivers who use the Discovery Middle School parking lots. District 206 school board members unanimously approved a project to repair the bus loop that runs in front of the school and the bus parking area behind the school. Improvements are set to begin early to mid-August. The project was awarded to low-bidder Riley Brothers Companies of Morris for $240,498; the engineer's estimated cost for the project was $294,000.
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.
Calvin Uhl of Osakis took center stage in June to receive the state's Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) J.
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