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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UPDATE - Friday, April 20 at 2:30 p.m. An Alexandria woman was found dead in her home Thursday and this afternoon, authorities reported that the man they were looking for was found dead in Osakis. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, David Dewain Everett, 51, was found dead in a car located inside a storage unit on the west side of Osakis. Authorities said they received a tip from the public that led them to the storage unit just before noon today.
During Monday's Alexandria School Board meeting, a $650,000 budget was approved for facilities, capital improvement and health and safety purchases for the school district for next school year. The budgeted amount totals $650,625, but estimates for actual cost came in at $557,975. Here are examples of improvements and purchases approved for 2012-2013: $3,000 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning consulting. $4,500 for landscaping. $10,000 for patching roofs. $15,000 for tuckpointing. $95,000 for carpet replacement. $300 to upgrade Braille signs. $20,000 for custo
Momentum is building as plans are being finalized for the new high school in Alexandria. On Monday, the Alexandria School Board heard a brief update on the status of the planning phase and what to expect in the weeks ahead. The school board is scheduled to: Review the high school's design and development plans and cost estimate during a special board meeting Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. Approve the final design and development plans and budget on Monday, May 21 during the regular school board meeting at 7 p.m. Open and award bids to contractors during a special board meeting on Tuesd
In an instant, everything changed for a 38-year-old Osakis woman and mother of three. After coping with bouts of abdominal pain for about five years, Dayni Imdieke was diagnosed last September with cancer, specifically, a neuroendocrine tumor on her pancreas. HER JOURNEY Two years ago, Dayni decided to have her gallbladder taken out. "They checked it out and didn't really find anything wrong with it. I just kept having bouts of pain," she said. "I'd go months without any pain.
A vintage fashion show coupled with a light lunch and tea made for a delightful afternoon of awareness and fundraising for Someplace Safe. The third annual Vintage Tea event raised about $9,500 for the organization, according to Susie Trexler, sexual assault advocate at Someplace Safe Douglas County. "As important as the dollar amount is, the awareness part is critical," Trexler said. She said many people at the tea told her they didn't realize what Someplace Safe does for the community as a crisis center. Someplace Safe is a nonprofit organization working to eliminate violence in West Cen
'Tis the season for garage sales. I can't help but get a little nostalgic this time of year reflecting back on one doozie of a garage sale at my house about four years ago. It started with a huge crowd of people at the end of my driveway, and it ended with my husband nearly getting rid of our dog. My sister and I advertised this garage sale really, really well - a couple weeks of catchy newspaper ads and clever, eye-catching signage on the major thoroughfares near my house. We had a lot of good stuff marked cheap and ready for the 7:30 a.m.
Last Tuesday, local radio call-in show, Open Line, provided a platform for discussion on the proposed marriage amendment and same-sex marriage in Minnesota. In November, Minnesota voters will be asked if they support amending the state's constitution to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Chuck Darrell, communications director for Minnesota For Marriage, joined 1490 AM Open Line co-hosts Dennis Anhalt and Patty Wicken on air and fielded calls from listeners. Some callers' comments supported the proposed amendment while others did not - but the common thread through a
Alexandria School District 206 has set its calendar for the next two school years - 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. The biggest difference between the two school years comes next year when there is no spring break scheduled, and the school year ends in May, rather than June. 2012-2013 The 2012-2013 school year starts Tuesday, September 4. Christmas/winter break runs December 24-January 1 in 2012-2013. Judy Backhaus, Alexandria Public Schools director of human resources, was part of the calendar planning committee and she explained that because Easter is early in 2013 - Sunday, March 31 - a sp
According to a preliminary budget, Alexandria Public Schools faces a $2.1 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2012-2013. The district plans to start trimming non-personnel budget items - things like textbooks, supplies, technology, summer school and activities - and, in doing so, eliminate $780,000. It's a start, but there's $1.3 million more to cut. Eighty-two percent of the school district's general fund budget is tied to personnel costs and it was announced Monday that staff will bare the brunt of budget cuts. Judy Backhaus, the school district's human resources director, told the
Two local men face drug charges after they were arrested in a drug bust Wednesday, March 14 in Osakis. John Hinderschied, 27, of Alexandria and Craig Cowdery, 46, of Osakis were arrested after a bust at 605 East Main Street produced 223.9 grams of methamphetamine, 43 marijuana plants growing in the garage, two handguns, 16 long guns and $34,224 in cash. The meth recovered in the bust has a street value of $44,780, according to the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force (WCMNTF). The men made their first court appearance Friday, March 16 in Douglas County District Court.