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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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 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.
Two men were injured in a construction accident on Wednesday, January 4. The extent of their injuries are 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.
A Todd County woman is missing and local law enforcement is asking for the public's help in finding her. Maryann Leona Biskey, 57, of rural Burtrum, was reported missing by her husband who noticed her missing when he woke up Wednesday morning - January 4. Authorities reported that she left her purse and cell phone at the home and no vehicles were missing.
With a simple flip of a light switch, local law enforcement is asking the community to help support the family of a fallen officer. Lake City Police Officer Shawn Schneider died Friday, December 30 after he was shot in the head responding to a domestic disturbance on December 19. During his hospitalization, Schneider's wife had asked Minnesotans to leave a porch light on. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is taking the request one step further.
Two Osakis residents are OK after the ATV they were riding went through the ice on Lake Osakis last week. On December 24, at 10:32 p.m., the Todd County Sheriff's Office received a call that an ATV had gone through the ice on the lake's far north end, near Lindberg Point on Lake Osakis. When deputies arrived, they found a Honda Foreman ATV in a large pool of water made by a depression in the ice near an ice reef. The ATV was mostly submerged and tipped on its side, according to law enforcement. The driver of the ATV, Mike Peterson of Osakis, was later found safe.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are advising people to use extreme caution on the ice as several fish shelters have fallen through the ice due to unusually warm temperatures and water on top of the ice. It was also reported that there are several open areas of water on area lakes that are difficult to see.
Freezing rain this morning has left roads and sidewalks in the Alexandria area very icy. As a result, Alexandria School District #206 is closed for the day. Students will be transported home beginning at noon after being fed lunch, according to an update issued by the school district. The decision is based on current weather conditions and the forecast for future weather conditions. According to the school district's website: "District 206 is cancelling school for students who are not at school due to icy road conditions.
A year ago, I affectionately named my brand new treadmill "Ted." I promised to take long walks with him every day and never abandon him. He was shiny and new and Ted the treadmill had an air of mystery about him - I wanted to get to know him better. We spent a lot of time together those first couple months. He pushed me to 45-minute workouts at 3.9 miles per hour. I blasted through sweat and calories. Whew...