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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Summer vacations are supposed to be memorable. Well, the Kraus, Brandt and Hiller families have a particularly striking memory to take away from their summer vacation on Smith Lake. In the midst of the thunderstorm that ripped through the area on August 1, the family survived a lightning strike. Donald "Skinny" and Jane Kraus of St.
The luxury of lakeside living is quickly becoming a burden. Extraordinarily wet weather has led to high lake levels and the excess water is swallowing up docks and flooding out shorelines. Dave Rush, director of Douglas County Land and Resource Management, said, "Many lakes are hitting all-time high water levels." Both Oscar and Maple lakes have exceeded all-time high lake levels.
JoMarie Cory came home to more than a wet basement on Monday. In the midst of Monday's heavy rain, a basement wall collapsed under her house. "I came home during my lunch break to show someone the couch I'm trying to get rid of and this is what I found," Cory said. The 40-foot long east wall of her basement buckled in and filled her basement with concrete block, mud and water. "I cried," she told the Echo Press on Tuesday. The shift of the house's weight caused the other three block basement walls to crack, as well as sheetrock upstairs. Dale Schroeder, Cory's boyfriend, arrived after th
St. Agnes School will host a consignment auction fundraiser on Saturday, August 6, at 9 a.m. at the school. There's still time to sell your items in the auction. Sometime, August 1 through August 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., bring your consignments to the St.
Basements were wet, rain seeped in, yards were soggy and there's still standing water in some farm fields. Over the last 30 days, Douglas and Todd counties have received anywhere from 4 to 9 inches of rain, according to the Midwest Regional Climate Center (MRCC). Most of the rain fell during the July 15 thunderstorm that sloshed through west central Minnesota. Since then, a few more storms dropped additional rain on the already saturated soil. So far this year, rainfall totals for west central Minnesota are about 4 inches above average, according to MRCC. Heat, humidity, hurting, helpin
What goes around comes around and I strongly believe that people who intentionally hurt other people's pets are in for a world of hurt someday. Last week, the Echo Press ran an article about a dog that was reportedly shot, possibly at close range. Thankfully, the dog survived. I'd like to think most people who read about it were disgusted and baffled by such a senseless act. It's certainly not the first time a coward has hurt an animal around here and, unfortunately, it's probably not the last. What kind of person would shoot a dog?
After a weekend of muggy, sultry hot weather, severe thunderstorms bubbled up Sunday evening and left a trail of damage across Douglas County. Hundreds of trees bore the brunt of the storm.
The man charged with the murder of Osakis resident Diane Fortenberry will be back in court in December. On June 24, Todd County District Court set an omnibus hearing for December 5 at 1:30 p.m. for Jeffery Allen Brooks.
While Judy Bohler and her husband were running errands in Sauk Centre on May 12, the Osakis resident bought a ticket at Westside Liquor for that night's Northstar Cash drawing. As she watched the drawing that evening and saw the winning numbers 1-2-3-8-24 on the screen, she said, "I know I have three numbers in a row - maybe I have some." Bohler kept repeating the numbers as she headed to her bedroom to get the ticket out of her purse. When she looked at the numbers on her quick-pick ticket, "There they were!
It's likely you've noticed the grand total for your groceries is a little higher than last year. The price of food is on the rise, according to a Marketbasket Survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation. Minnesota's retail food prices are below the nation's average increase, but they're still on the rise. Survey details The informal survey compared the cost of 16 food items - things like shredded cheese, vegetable oil, potatoes and toasted oat cereal. The prices were tracked during the first quarter of this year.