Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.
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Douglas County now has a plan in place to prevent, manage and monitor aquatic invasive species (AIS) in area lakes. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved the AIS plan March 15.
Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) recycles about 50 percent of Pope and Douglas counties, but there's still opportunity to improve, officials there said. Greater Minnesota counties' recycling programs are faced with potential mandates to increase recycling rates from 35 percent to 75 percent of the waste. "That's a lot of material we need to find to make that recycling rate and organics is the heaviest portion of the waste stream right now, so starting to divert that off will help us out," said Pete Olmscheid, executive director of PDSWM.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* Wednesday, March 23 Public assist, comp’s carbon monoxide detector if going off, would like deputy to check it out, comp changed batteries and detector working properly,...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* Tuesday, March 22 Comp has questions about vehicle he sold but party hasn’t transferred title, civil matter, advised comp of options, Osakis. K9 assist, narcotics search,...
Ensuring an affordable and reliable energy supply into the future was the focus of a Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast event Friday, March 11, hosted at Runestone Electric Association in Alexandria. Luke Hellier, state coordinator for Coalition for a Secure Energy Future, presented his organization's view on potential risks and rewards for Minnesota's energy future, including protecting energy resources like coal-based electricity.
There's a new opportunity to recycle those large pieces of plastic that protected silage, bales and boats all winter long. Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) has launched a plastics recycling pilot program. For the first time, PDSWM will accept agricultural and boat wrap plastics beginning in April. The goal is ultimately to boost recycling opportunities and protect the environment, but PDSWM staff noted that the plastics create higher operation costs at their facility, where the bulky and stringy nature of the plastics becomes tangled in equipment.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* Monday, March 21 Suspicious vehicles parked on approach, one broke down, another there to provide ride home, CR3/CR73, Osakis. Juvenile trouble, APD requested deputy pick up...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* March 18 Suspicious vehicle in parking lot, driver making phone call, asked for directions, N Nokomis, Alex. Injury crash, rollover, minor injuries, assisted State Patrol, I94/Burgen...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* March 17 Suspicious person, checking on person walking around bar, employee finishing up for night, CR6, Garfield. Civil matter, comp wants to speak with deputy about...
Bringing bling to brick and design to duct tape, the local building community puts on a stunningly creative fashion show. Back for its fifth annual event, Vikingland Builders Association (VBA) presents Construction Couture on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. at Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre in downtown Alexandria. The fashion show features elaborately designed costumes enhanced with construction and design-related materials, including paint chips, housewrap, wallpaper, screws, duct tape, carpet, wires, tile and lots more.