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,...
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.
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.
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...
Local high schools continue to graduate at least 93 percent of all seniors, well ahead of statewide averages. In fact, one local school hit the 100 percent grad rate for the second year. Last month, Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) issued statewide 2015 graduation rates, which averaged 81.9 percent of students graduating from high school. That's up a bit from 81.2 percent in 2014 and 79.8 percent in 2013. Here's how local schools fared for 2015 graduation rates: