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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Chad Gulbranson, a 12-year veteran of the Osakis Police Department (OPD), officially became Osakis' chief law enforcement officer on April 29.
Natural elements that promote flexible learning environments are being incorporated into the design of Alexandria's new high school. During a special school board meeting Tuesday, architect John Pfluger presented preliminary plans for the school's layout and said reflecting the lakes area landscape will be prevalent throughout the school's design. "You're going to see lots of wood or wood veneer as we move forward," Pfluger said. The following are highlights from the preliminary design presentation: The school's exterior will be primarily brick with metal panel accents and pre-cast concr
For 38 years, the Reverend Terry Finnern has served God and his people. In May, the head pastor for Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria will retire. "I have seen the hand of God at work in the lives of the people He has called me to serve. I have cried with them and I have smiled with them. Through it all, I knew, and I still know, that God is with them," Finnern said. The minister graciously agreed to a "Question and Answer" session with the Echo Press to reflect on his career. Q: Where are you from? A: I grew up on a farm in Sioux Valley Township in Jackson County.
"People skills" is an important characteristic for most jobs, but for someone working in the corrections industry it's critical. Local correctional officer Jason Mathews was recently recognized for his outstanding ability to work with people and dedication to his career. The West Central Jail Administrators Association named Mathews Outstanding Correctional Officer of the Year during last month's conference. Mathews, originally from Osakis, has worked as a correctional officer at the Douglas County Jail for nearly five years. "Mathews was nominated, first of all, for all the hard work he d
Slow and steady won the race Tuesday as part of Active Living Douglas County's (ALDC) SlowBike Race Challenge. The last person to cross the finish line won the 25-foot-long race. The event was hosted by ALDC to celebrate the launch of its new BikeShare program. Four, new, bright-green bikes are now parked near Big Ole and they're free for anyone to use. Rules for participating in the BikeShare system are: Return the bicycle to its docking station after use and in the same condition, or better than you found it; no overnight use; and always ride with a smile.
Fire crews and law enforcement responded to a structure fire at 8250 County Road 8 NW, west of Alexandria, around 4:40 p.m. Tuesday. As firefighters arrived, thick, black smoke plumed into the sky and large flames rolled from the building; initial reports were that a garage on the property caught fire. The property is heavily wooded and fire crews had to set up on the county road. Garfield and Brandon Fire Departments were at the scene battling the blaze. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office also responded to the fire.
The investigation continues into a murder-suicide that happened last week in Alexandria. Sharon Christina Love, 38, was found dead last Thursday in her home located at 1005 Eckert Street, just west of Alexandria. Love's landlord discovered her body around 3:30 p.m.
Two people were injured in a crash this afternoon in Alexandria. The crash happened around 2 p.m. on Third Avenue West/County Road 82 near Fairgrounds Road and involved at least one motorcycle. The extent of injuries and what caused the crash are unknown at this time. First responders at the scene requested the Life Link helicopter be launched and sent to Douglas County Hospital. Check back for updates.
UPDATE - Friday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. An Alexandria woman was found dead in her home Thursday and this afternoon, authorities reported that the man they were looking for was found dead in Osakis. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, David Dewain Everett, 51, was found dead in a car located inside a storage unit on the west side of Osakis. Authorities said they received a tip from the public that led them to the storage unit just before noon today.
During Monday's Alexandria School Board meeting, a $650,000 budget was approved for facilities, capital improvement and health and safety purchases for the school district for next school year. The budgeted amount totals $650,625, but estimates for actual cost came in at $557,975. Here are examples of improvements and purchases approved for 2012-2013: $3,000 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning consulting. $4,500 for landscaping. $10,000 for patching roofs. $15,000 for tuckpointing. $95,000 for carpet replacement. $300 to upgrade Braille signs. $20,000 for custo