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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There are obvious differences between rural and urban areas of Minnesota - population, traffic - but there's one element that's strikingly different - health. The health status of rural Minnesotans has been detailed in a report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Office of Rural Health and Primary Care. The report is a summary of information from 2009 statistics.
Two fires Saturday night reduced one house to rubble and caused significant damage to another. FIRST FIRE AT 6:31 p.m. At 6:31 p.m.
If you saw Alayna Eldred zipping around Osakis this summer, it's likely you did a double take. The contraption she rides around on is worth another look - it's a unique rig that exercises her high-energy dog, Molly. Eleven-year-old Alayna and her dad, Jon, customized a scooter that allows Molly to work off some of that energy. "My dad and I saw this type of thing on TV and thought we could work on our own version of it so Molly could pull us on a scooter," Alayna explained. The dog-powered scooter is a children's scooter modified to fit a side bracket that the dog is attached to and then r
When it comes to Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and measuring students' testing proficiency, Alexandria's school district is progressing quite well. After two years of "not making AYP," Alexandria School District has turned the corner and it recently received news that the district is "making AYP." AYP is a means of measuring, through standards and assessments, the students' achievement of federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) goals.
Crystal Dey is the newest addition to the Echo Press editorial staff. Dey, who has lived all over the U.S., will work as a reporter for the local newspaper. She's been on the job for a little over a week and, so far, she said, "I haven't explored the area as much as I'd like to yet. There are a lot of cute shops on Broadway. I noticed a real community feel to the area as I was checking out downtown.
Editor's note: The following is part of an Echo Press fea-ture, "You Asked." Readers are invited to send the newspaper a simple question and we'll try to get to the bottom of it. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org . After recycled goods leave your curb, where do they go?
Douglas County Hospital is providing top notch, quality cancer care right here in rural Minnesota - and they have the national accreditation to back up their efforts. Douglas County's Hospital's cancer program recently received coveted accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. The CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standards setting, prevention, research, education and monitoring of care. The accreditation is a distinction that 1,400 other cancer
Now that the new Alexandria high school building project has the green light from voters, the planning begins. School board members have started exploring the project's timeline, environmental design options and the opportunities available for the new performing arts center.
An Alexandria man was killed in a farming accident last Thursday. Lyndon Wilberg, 50, of Alexandria died as a result of injuries from a tractor rollover accident. The accident happened in Nora Township, in the northwest corner of Pope County, about four miles south of Kensington. The following agencies responded to the scene: Pope County Sheriff's Office, State Patrol, Cyrus Fire and First Responders, Kensington Fire and First Responders, and Stevens County Ambulance. Funeral services were held October 17 at Nora Lutheran Church in rural Kensington. Wilberg farmed for 10 years in Nora Tow
A great big black bear made a reluctant public debut last week on the northwest side of Lake Osakis. Along Ketelle Drive last Monday morning, the bear was chased up a tree by a dog at Al and Marilyn Anderson's place. The whole ordeal started around 2:30 a.m. on Monday, October 10 at the Andersons. Their dog, Joey, ran the bear right up the tree. "We thought it was a raccoon," Al said. "[That morning] in sunlight, the dog was still barking; we looked out and there it was," he said.