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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Despite frigid weather Friday, spirits were certainly warm and bright during the annual Christmas in the Fort celebration. Hundreds of families gathered at the Runestone Museum Fort Alexandria to take in the festive atmosphere, which included visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, musical performances, treats, horse-drawn wagon rides and the sparkle of Christmas lights in downtown Alexandria.
Three people were injured in a head-on crash near Alexandria Thursday night. The two-car crash happened just after 7 p.m. on County Road 45 south of Firemans Lodge Road. According to Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels, the vehicle driven by Jesse Streed, 36, of Alexandria lost control on an icy patch and crossed the center line colliding with a southbound vehicle driven by Dale Danter, 36, of Glenwood. Danielle Kloos, 23, of Donnelly, was a passenger in Streed's vehicle and she was also injured. All three were taken to Douglas County Hospital. Kloos was later transported to St.
A blast of winter weather is making for difficult travel conditions across west central Minnesota tonight. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), driving conditions are difficult on Interstate-94 and state highways between Moorhead and Melrose. As of 6 p.m. there are several reports of vehicles in ditches in the Alexandria area. MnDOT and law enforcement advise drivers to be prepared for icy patches. Visibility is also reduced due to blowing snow. Just after 7 p.m.
On November 6, with a 3-2 vote, the Todd County Board of Commissioners approved a conditional use permit (CUP) giving the go-ahead for a large feedlot operation near Osakis. A crowd of about 125 people attended the meeting; some of the crowd overflowed into the hallway. Before the vote, commissioners took time to hear from people who supported and opposed the project.
The votes have been tallied and the top vote-getters in local towns and school board races are likely preparing for their first-go at public office or settling in for another term. This article reports results on contested races in: Brandon, Carlos, Garfield, Kensington, Miltona, Nelson, Osakis and Brandon Township; a write-in vote in Millerville; and the following area school districts: Brandon, Minnewaska, Osakis, Parkers Prairie and West Central Area. CITY OF BRANDON The top vote-getters in the Brandon City Council race are Michael Ranweiler with 205 votes and Brian Fuchs receiving 152 v
A walk in the woods last month changed the lives of three Osakis area residents and saved a majestic creature. On October 23, Ken Johnson was out in the woods near his home preparing for deer hunting season when he looked up and there, only six feet away, a bald eagle sat on a pile of logs. The bird jumped around, but obviously couldn't fly. The sun was setting quickly and Johnson headed back to the house where he told his wife, Linda, about the encounter. The next morning, Ken and Linda ventured out to the woods together. Sure enough, there was the eagle and it was obvious the bird was i
The following are unofficial results for contested races in: LOCAL TOWNS: Brandon, Carlos, Garfield, Kensington, Miltona, Nelson, Osakis, and Brandon Township; and LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS: Brandon, Minnewaska, Osakis, Parkers Prairie and West Central Area. CITY OF BRANDON City council (Vote for up to two) Aaron Lund 84 Michael Ranweiler 205 Brian Fuchs 152 City liquor license question: The city currently owns and operates a municipal liquor store.
A detailed environmental study will not be required for the proposed Gourley Brothers Hog Feedlot in Todd County. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens' Board voted last week to approve a negative declaration on the need for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed swine facility. The project's scope required an initial Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) to be completed before construction.
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.
Disclaimer from the writer: I'm fully aware that there is nothing healthy about this column.