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. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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Residents woke up to about 10 inches of snow across Douglas County - and that's not counting the wind-whipped drifting. For those who made it to work Wednesday morning, there was plenty of watercooler banter about every one's challenging drive in to the office. Then, there's this guy - Doug Bogie, a 23-year veteran of the United State Postal Service, was trudging through the snow banks along 7th Avenue East as he made deliveries on his route. "It will be a long day," he told the Echo Press.
The old Central School pool in Alexandria is coming out. On Tuesday, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.3 million project that will change the south end of the Douglas County Services Center - where the large rotunda-like pool building has stood for 44 years. The project also includes preliminary plans to remodel the county's social services and public health departments and add a new entrance with a large bank of windows on the building's south side. Plus, removing the pool will make for a larger parking lot - about 30 more spaces - along the south end of the building.
Residents woke up to about 10 inches of snow across Douglas County - and that's not counting the wind-whipped drifting. For those who made it to work this morning, there was plenty of watercooler banter about every one's challenging drive in to work. Then, there's this guy - Doug Bogie, a 23-year veteran of the United State Postal Service, was trudging through the snow banks along 7th Avenue East as he made deliveries on his route.
We all do it, it's a natural process - passing urine is the body's way of getting rid of waste. However, for men with urinary obstruction, urinating is not an easy process. A local company has taken the initiative to develop a medical device that offers relief for men suffering from reduced urine flow as a result of an enlarged prostate. AbbeyMoor Medical, based in Parkers Prairie, invented The Spanner Prostatic Stent -a silicone tube that holds open the obstructing tissue in a man's enlarged prostate. As the prostate gland enlarges, it squeezes the urethra - the tube that runs from the bl
Seeing a surveyor working on the side of a road or in a field is usually the first clue that something new is coming through - maybe a new road or building. But what exactly are surveyors doing with that leggy equipment? This is National Surveyor's Week and to kick off the event, a crew from Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) set up their equipment at the foot of Big Ole in Alexandria on Saturday. It was an opportunity for the public to see survey equipment up close, ask questions and learn what surveyors do. What do they do? Here's what they do: Surveyors mark and measure the surface and bounda
Finally, the snow is beginning to melt and we're on the home stretch - spring officially starts Sunday. However, there's always that chance of a March blizzard blowing in to top off a really, really long winter. What a winter it's been - frigid sub-zero temperatures, snowstorm after snowstorm and relentless bone-chilling wind. But that's nothing. Imagine 20-foot snowdrifts, wicked wind chills and dozens of blizzard-related deaths. Douglas County's history of blizzards was first recorded on January 7, 1873, and through the years, the most notable snowstorms have been documented. Through n
Consider this next time you're driving through any part of Douglas County: By 2030, the local population is expected to increase by 30 percent - from 32,000 to an estimated 46,000 residents. More people means more traffic. More traffic means local roads need to be ready for the influx. On Tuesday, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners reviewed an updated version of the Alexandria Area 2030 Transportation Plan. The plan provides an overview of road projects that are scheduled to happen soon, like adding another northbound lane to Nokomis Street (Highway 29 North) to County Road 46 - nea
Honk your horn if you've ever been caught in the north side traffic jam at 3rd Avenue and Nokomis Street in Alexandria during your commute to or from work or school. There's bound to be a whole lot of honking going on, but, hold your horn, there are plans to alleviate traffic congestion at that intersection and several others in the Alexandria area. Two northbound lanes According to the Alexandria Area 2030 Transportation Plan, there are plans to add an additional northbound lane on Nokomis Street (Highway 29 North) from 3rd Avenue to just north of County Road 42 (near McDonald's north). P
There's good news in the wake of the country's recession - local manufacturing companies are on the rebound. According to results from "The State of Manufacturing" survey, across the state, manufacturing executives indicate the worst of the recession may be over for their company.
Last Thursday afternoon, two local fire departments dealt with what seemed to be a smoldering fire on wheels. At 4:50 p.m., the Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) responded to a semi load of hay bales that was smoldering out on Interstate 94 just east of County Road 17. AFD was on scene for about 45 minutes dealing with the smoldering pile of hay. A short time later, at 5:45 p.m., the Garfield Fire Department was called to the intersection of County Roads 8 and 40, where the same semi truck loaded with hay was once again sending up smoke. No major damage was reported and no one was hurt.