Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* December 28 Driver hit garbage cans, stuff scattered, no vehicle description, comp wants it logged, officer will check area, 2nd St, Brandon. Vehicle in ditch, CR2/CR82,...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* December 24 Criminal damage to property, father-son domestic, son on probation and punched holes in wall, one adult arrested, Hwy 29, Alex. Child custody matter, ex...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* December 22 Check fraud via mail, Breezy Cir, Alex. Social services reported child abuse – neglect, students reported they don’t have electricity, often care for themselves,...
The local shooting range debate has cooled a bit and there are plans to get some rules on the books. Since the Alexandria Gun Club (AGC) relocated to a gravel pit in October to an area of Carlos Township zoned rural residential, some residents near the range have shared their frustrations and concerns with Douglas County commissioners and other officials. The county's land use ordinances do not regulate public shooting ranges.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* December 21 Child protection issue, social services received report that child possibly witnessed father’s suicide attempt, no law enforcement action, CR24, Evansville. Theft, fellow resident charged...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* December 18 Violation of court order, male destroying property at comp’s apartment, he has no contact order, male arrested, Nelson St, Nelson. Crash, female drove car...
As part of the exhibit, "The Fur Trade of Minnesota," a voyageur re-enactor brought history to life Tuesday at Runestone Museum in Alexandria. John Driscoll of Minneapolis embodied "Jacques the Voyageur" as he described life in 1815 during the Fur Trade era in North America. Here he describes the process that went into making the much-coveted beaver fur top hats that were worn by society men in Europe. Jacques's presentation also included an overview of tools and equipment traded and used during portage — things like pots, beads, knives, fabric and more.
Douglas County commissioners voted Tuesday to table a decision on whether or not further environmental impact review is needed for a proposed gravel mining operation near Miltona. They said they want more time to review information about the project. Owners of R&R Ready Mix Incorporated have plans to open a new 42-acre gravel mining operation in Miltona Township, near County Roads 63 and 35. Such a project requires mandatory environmental review — an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW).
A soggy summer stretched into a long autumn and finally, in November, life was getting back to normal for flooded-out condo residents in Alexandria. Residents of The Senator Condominium, 1415 Lake Street, proudly shared the progress with the community during an open house on Friday, Dec. 4. On July 26, a water pipe burst in the mechanical room at the Senator; water flooded in and destroyed 28 of the 38 units at the complex. For three months, the flooding mess was cleaned up, condos were gutted down to the studs, and the damaged condos were rebuilt and refurnished. Residents were displaced.
In Douglas County, trash is processed and burned in a waste-to-energy facility; after recyclables are sorted out, energy is generated from what's burned and the ash left behind is hauled away to an ash landfill where it's buried and barely thought of again. But there's a new opportunity to potentially cash in on what's left in that ash. Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management's (PDSWM) board of directors is looking into the feasibility of mining metal from the ash. Particles of ferrous and nonferrous metals (brass, aluminum, copper) and precious metals remain in the ash after the trash is burne