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 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...
Operation Round Up hit a milestone last week. The trust has now donated $500,000 in grants to local organizations. During a celebration event on December 8, DeWayne Bisek, president of the Operation Round Up Trust board, said, "It's just fantastic.
Three people have been charged after their involvement in a gun-pointing incident that happened November 28 on Interstate 94, near Alexandria. WHAT HAPPENED According to the State Patrol, a motorist reported seeing a person in a car pointing a gun at others on the freeway, and one of the people in the car was wearing a ski mask. The incident happened about 10 miles east of Alexandria on I-94. The State Patrol and Alexandria Police Department stopped the vehicle a short time later near the intersection of Broadway Street and 10th Avenue South in Alexandria. An air-powered handgun, cap gun
In federal court in Duluth on Friday, December 2, a felon from Brandon was sentenced as an armed career criminal for possessing two firearms. According to a U.S. Attorney's office news release, United States District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle sentenced Jeffrey Allen Stoltz,49, to 210 months in prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Stoltz was indicted on March 15, 2011, and was convicted on July 27, 2011. Look for details in the December 7 issue of the Echo Press.
Four people were arrested in Alexandria Monday after a gun-pointing incident on Interstate 94. According to the State Patrol, at 4:48 p.m., a motorist reported seeing another vehicle with a person pointing a gun at others on the freeway. It was also reported that one of the people in the green Chevrolet Cavalier was wearing a ski mask. The incident happened about 10 miles east of Alexandria on I-94. The State Patrol and Alexandria Police Department stopped the vehicle a short time later near the intersection of Broadway Street and 10th Avenue South in Alexandria. An air-powered handgun, c