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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A unique collection of vintage duck hunting boats is the centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria. The duck boats are from private collections around the upper Midwest and represent both factory-produced and one of a kind hunting watercraft. The exhibit's highlight is a unique piece of local history - a duck boat used in the late 1800s by market hunter Sam Fertig. Fertig hunted Lake Christina and shipped his daily bag of waterfowl by train to markets in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Boston to be sold to upscale restaurants. The exhibit also features
A Long Prairie teen was killed in a two-vehicle crash east of Long Prairie on Highway 27. Jacob R. Karolus, 16, was killed when his car lost control on the wet road and spun into the path of an oncoming truck, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Authorities said Karolus' vehicle was hit broadside resulting in his death. Kevin J. Carlson, 36, of Brainerd was driving the Dodge Ram truck involved in the crash. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
In an atmosphere usually brimming with good times and laughter, a serious tone overshadowed the fun at Casey's Amusement Park Monday night. The realities of distracted driving became very real for a group of 21 local teens. The teens were the first to take part in the Teen-Parent Distracted Driving Event on March 16. Local businesses, paramedics, law enforcement and Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition teamed up to host the event. It was an evening that provided a safe, controlled space for the teens to experience, first-hand, the effects of distracted driving - particularly texting.
The Douglas County Services Center is scheduled to get a new roof. During the county board's last meeting, the re-roof project was awarded to Herzog Roofing of Detroit Lakes for $45,680. The new roofing will cover the area where the newer gym and adjoining weight room are located - in all it's about 11,800 square feet of roof. The project includes removing the existing roofing system down to the present insulation and installation of new roofing material to meet state standards. Work is expected to start mid to late May, according to Douglas County Facilities Director Steve Ziemer. During
Diane Fortenberry, 51, had lunch with friends on Friday and returned to her rural Osakis home to tend to her dog. That's when she reportedly walked in on a burglary in her home. She was assaulted and died from blunt force trauma injuries, according to preliminary autopsy results. Fortenberry's son found her when he returned home around 4:40 p.m. Friday.
It's been about a month since officials at Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) fired up their brand new trash-burning combustor. Over the last year, a third combustor unit was constructed at the area's waste-to-energy facility in Alexandria. "The throughput looked great and it's at the level it's supposed to be at," said Pete Olmscheid, executive director of PDSWM. The garbage-burning plant was projected to hit its capacity for the amount of waste it can process as early as 2015. Because more and more people are making more and more garbage and more haulers are bringing their trash
Residences and businesses on the east side of Alexandria were temporarily without power after a one-vehicle crash last Friday. According to the Alexandria Police Department, the crash was reported at 7:42 a.m. near the intersection of Sixth Avenue East and Quincy Street. Two power poles were toppled in the crash. Alexandria Light and Power crews were on-scene a short time later to restore power. The crash remains under investigation.
A busy intersection west of Alexandria will become a four-way stop next Tuesday. All traffic will now have to stop at the intersection of County Roads 82 and 45, near the YMCA, according to Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley. A public works crew is scheduled to install the stop signs Tuesday, May 17 sometime around 8 a.m. The traffic increase at the County Roads 82 and 45 intersection is attributed to the newly opened YMCA facility, Tastefully Simple's growing business and County Road 45 is often used as a bypass to Interstate 94. "Adding a four-way stop at the intersection
Perhaps this weekend is the first time you'll take the boat out for the season - here are a few words of advice from those of us who live in lake country: - Don't forget to put the boat plug in. - Be sure there's fresh gas in your boat motor. - Do everything you can to help prevent the spread of zebra mussels. Douglas County is taking action to help prevent the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species. The participation of boaters like you is critical to the health of area lakes. There are already seven lakes in Douglas County infested with destructive zebra mussels, in