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 likely a childhood bike ride with her sisters from Lazy Day Villa Resort in Alexandria to Carlos Corners inspired Megan Ausen to tackle a bike ride across the country in adulthood. "We would really get into this eight-mile bike ride," Ausen told the Echo Press. "My sister, Sonja, even strapped a portable radio to the handlebars of her bicycle to provide us with music while we rode." Ausen, now 26 years old and living in New York City, will depart for a cross country bike ride on March 2. She and her friend, Kara Capelli, will leave from Washington, D.C.
Under all that snow and ice, Mother Nature is patiently waiting to sprout green grass and nourish delicate spring flowers. Believe it or not, spring is on the way. In the meantime, here's a little hope.
Like a giant metal dinosaur, a massive tank was slowly moved through Alexandria Thursday morning. According to Minnesota State Trooper Jesse Grabow, the 222,000 pound pressure tank was being moved from Texas to a chemical company in Chicago. As the huge tank made a turn, traffic was temporarily stopped Thursday morning at the intersections of Highway 27 and 29 on Alexandria's south side.
Development of a new Douglas County Parks and Trails Plan is well under way, but there's still time to have your say. The plan is a blueprint for the county's parks, open spaces, trails and bikeways over the next 25 years. "We're trying to take a look at: What do we have? What do people wish we had? And how do we make these things come together?
A local woman was injured in a snowmobile crash near Miltona over the weekend. On Saturday, February 16 just after 4 p.m., a snowmobile crash was reported near 15955 County Road 3 in Spruce Hill Township. Kelly Louise Irish, 47, of Miltona, was injured after she reportedly slid off the snowmobile she was driving as she passed through an open gated area.
Chances are if you peek inside most fish houses out on area lakes, you'll find a guy or two hunkered over a hole in the ice. However, there's a local woman who has taken a liking to ice fishing and she's boldly going where few women go. Bev Paulzine of rural Alexandria has a passion for fishing, so much so that she has her own fish house, her own gear, her own all-terrain vehicle and the confidence to go ice fishing all by herself. During the winter, you'll find Bev in her cozy, 7-by-12-foot, six-hole fish house she's affectionately named "Big Blue." She usually sets up on Lake Reno, Maple
This time of year, all things lovey-dovey take center stage - Do you have a unique story to share about how you met your significant other? Was it love at first sight? Is it a funny story of opposites attracting? Does it involve a nearly-naked guy throwing an axe at your vehicle? Here's a love story that's so memorable, you just couldn't make it up: My parents have been married nearly 40 years and if it wasn't for that nearly-naked guy throwing an axe at a passing car, my folks may not have met. In the summer of 1972, my mom and her sister were riding with a guy in his souped-up muscle c
Stolen guns and marijuana were turned up in a drug bust in Osakis on January 28. According to the West Central Narcotics Task Force, a search warrant was issued at 11 West Main Street in Osakis, where officers recovered two stolen guns, marijuana, scales, packaging supplies and $2,310 in cash near the drugs. The bust stemmed from the report of guns stolen from a Glenwood residence.
Riding a bike is one of those things in life that can make you feel ageless. A new bike program at Grand Arbor's Nelson Wellness Center in Alexandria provides residents and members the opportunity to get on a bike again. The wellness center received a grant from the UCare Fund last October to launch a year-round bike program. Their inventory now includes: nine indoor cycling bikes with upright handlebar attachments and larger seats; and 18 outdoor models that range from comfort bikes with seats and pedals lower to the ground, fitness bikes, three-wheeled trikes, recumbent bikes, a tandem bi
Two people were injured in a dog attack at a Carlos home Friday evening. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 45-year-old Albert Lopez and a 10-month-old infant were bitten by the family dog. The extent of the injuries was not reported. The incident happened at 202 8th Street West in Carlos. Both victims were transported to the Douglas County Hospital, and later taken to the St. Cloud Hospital. Both victims are in stable condition, according to the sheriff's office. Carlos First Responders assisted on scene.