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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Nine months after Diane Fortenberry was killed in her rural Osakis home, the murder suspect who pleaded guilty was scheduled to be sentenced next week. See Osakis murder trial takes a twist for the latest update. Jeffrey Allan Brooks, of Alexandria, was scheduled to be sentenced in Todd County District County Monday, February 13. Brooks pleaded guilty to the Fortenberry murder in November. Specifically, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Brooks, 53, has bee
No formal action has been taken, but there is potential for a merger between Douglas County Hospital and Alexandria Clinic. According to Douglas County Hospital CEO Carl Vaagenes, "Our negotiations have been positive, productive and we are working from a common set of goals and values." In 2009, informal discussion of a merger initially started among Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria Clinic, Heartland Orthopedics and Broadway Medical Center. "Those earlier discussions eventually led to the integration of Heartland Orthopedic Specialists with Douglas County Hospital effective July 1, 2011,
Across the state, people will gather on Tuesday, February 7 to select candidates during the 2012 caucuses. Precinct caucuses are open to the public and are organized by Minnesota's political parties. During these meetings political parties will get together to select local people to help run the 2012 elections.
Four Osakis residents who were arrested and charged with drug crimes related to a drug bust last September have had several court appearances. Here's an update: Shaun Dexter Chermak, 29, entered a guilty plea January 5 and sentencing is scheduled for March 23. Chermak was charged with felony-level, 5th degree drug possession crime. Kyle Lee Nelson, 20, is scheduled for an omnibus hearing on March 16. Nelson is charged with felony-level, 5th degree drug possession crime. Karl Dean Shroyer, 49, has a settlement conference set for March 29.
What's your long-term care plan? Here's an opportunity to get information from a new, local source. On Thursday, February 2, Galeon Coverage, LLC, will host two sessions focusing on long-term care and strategies for staying financially healthy when long-term care services are needed. There will be two workshop opportunities - one at 2 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited.
New art class offered at Lakes Area Charter School On canvas, in clay, with markers, mixed media and wire, students at Lakes Area Charter School (LACS) in Osakis now have the opportunity to express themselves artistically. In October, LACS added an art class to the school's offerings. MEET THE TEACHER Mimi Seykora of Alexandria is the new art teacher at LACS. As a life-long artist, she brings experience in a variety of medium and fresh energy to work with students in grades 7 through 12. "I've always loved art - that's my love, that's what I love doing," she said.
The Osakis Fire Department (OFD) was called to help battle a house fire near Long Prairie on Tuesday. The fire was reported just before 3 p.m. at 22697 Gate Way Drive, on the east side of Little Osakis Lake in Todd County.
Alexandria Fire Department is part of a statewide effort to build a memorial for firefighters killed in the line of duty. The Minnesota Fire Service Foundation is coordinating the memorial project to be built on the state Capitol grounds.
Last month, during alcohol compliance checks in Douglas County, 16 of 25 local alcohol retailers refused to sell to someone younger than age 21. However, 9 of the 25 - about 35 percent - failed the compliance checks. The businesses that failed the compliance check by allegedly serving alcohol to an underage person, include: The Green Iguana in rural Glenwood, Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, The Knotty Pine in Brandon, Brandon Liquor Store in Brandon, Fire Station Bar and Grill in Garfield, Garfield Pub in Garfield, Muddy Boot Bar and Grill in Forada, Forada Liquor Store
The Todd County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) is investigating the theft of a spear house. On January 10, a 6-by-8-foot spear house was reported stolen from Coonhaven Bay on Lake Osakis, northeast of Buck Point. The house was taken sometime between the evening of January 9 and afternoon of January 10, according to TCSO. The house had white sides with a rubber membrane-type material, wooden ends and fishing graphics and the words "Here fishy fish" painted on it. A propane tank with a sunflower-style heater and two spearing decoys were also taken with the spear house. To report information relate