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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It's been nearly 15 months since his wife was murdered and Mike Fortenberry said his family is doing the best they can. Diane Fortenberry, 51, was killed by Jeffery Brooks on May 20, 2011, when she walked in on Brooks burglarizing her rural Osakis home. "The destruction to the family unit when you lose mom and a best friend - that's been a hard thing to overcome," Mike said. The Fortenberrys have two sons - Colter and Grayson. On June 12, 2012, Brooks was sentenced to 35 years in prison for Diane's murder.
The life of an active little girl will be celebrated one step at a time this weekend in Carlos. The Kortni Botzet Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Fun Run Event is set for Saturday, July 14 at Carlos Elementary School in Carlos. Registration and check in starts at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K run/walk starts at 8 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., the Kids' Fun Run gets under way. The goal is to raise money for a memorial scholarship, plus raise awareness for organ donation and water safety. Kortni died May 2, 2010 when she drowned in the hot tub at the Holiday Inn in Alexandria.
June Rossum of Evansville is 92 years old and she's still punching the clock - close to 40 hours per week. What keeps her going? "I don't know, I just do," she said.
Douglas County Hospital (DCH) recently received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. The award comes as a result of surveys performed during the hospital's accreditation process. Last fall, DCH earned accreditation from the CoC. The cancer center not only met and maintained 36 standards to qualify for the accreditation, but the program also received seven out of seven possible commendations. The accreditation process is like an audit of the cancer center's program. Multiple aspects of the center's procedure and protocol
It gets me every time - a summer sausage sandwich on a burger bun smeared with mustard and butter.
Alexandria School District 206 and the local teachers union group recently reached an agreement on teachers' salary and benefits. The school board approved the contract during its May 21 meeting. Over two years - July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013 - teachers will receive an overall increase of 4.13 percent. The contract includes salary schedule improvements as well as a legislatively mandated increase in employer contributions to the Teachers Retirement Association.
A little more than one year after a rural Osakis woman was killed in her home, the man who pleaded guilty to the murder will be sentenced. Jeffrey Allen Brooks, 53, of Alexandria is scheduled for sentencing on Tuesday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Todd County District Court. On May 20, 2011, Fortenberry stopped home after lunch to let her dog outside and she reportedly interrupted Brooks burglarizing her home. She was assaulted and died from blunt force trauma injuries.
Dozens of kids took part in the Alexandria Bike Safety Rodeo on Saturday as they zipped through cones to prove their newly learned bike safety knowledge. The annual event was held at the tactical warehouse at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC). Officers from the Alexandria Police Department (APD) taught the riders how to signal their turns and stops and ride safely. The Bike and Fitness Company provided five-point safety checks of the children's bikes and participants and their parents enjoyed a free lunch from Subway and Culvers.
There's just no slowin' down 76-year-old Roger Neumann. "I've had a lot of heart trouble - 18 years of it - but I don't let that slow me down.