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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Simply said, AbbeyMoor Medical develops products to improve male urinary health. However, if you're one of the men who have been helped by an AbbeyMoor medical product, the company is much more than a medical device company - it remarkably changes lives. Particularly a device called The Spanner. THE SPANNER Headquartered in Parkers Prairie, the local company is best known internationally for the innovative development of a medical device that offers relief for men suffering from reduced urine flow as a result of an enlarged prostate. AbbeyMoor Medical invented The Spanner Prostatic Stent
It's official - a whiskey distillery will be built in Osakis. On Monday, August 22, excavating and construction crews started digging in to build a 5,000 square foot facility for Panther Distillery in the city's industrial park. "I'm really excited about it," said owner Adrian Panther.
On August 29, TWRx, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thrifty White Pharmacy, will send out more than 18,000 free, prescription discount cards to Douglas County residents. The prescription discount card is specifically for residents who are uninsured and underinsured and do not have prescription drug coverage. All Douglas County residents, regardless of age or income can use the card. To use the card, customers are asked to present the card with a new prescription or refill to receive savings. One discount card may be used for all family members and can also be used for discounts on pet medicat
As the school year closes in, construction and installation crews are busy wrapping up energy improvement projects at two Alexandria schools. Over the summer, mechanical, electrical and some structural upgrades have been made at Discovery Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School. Improvements include things like control valves for heating systems, lighting upgrades, new countertops in classrooms and roof repairs. Back in March, the school board approved the upgrades totaling $5,761,800. During Monday night's Alexandria school board meeting, Paul Ringdahl and Jim Weiler presented a brief
Central Minnesota's Elder Network, headquartered in Alexandria, is a recipient of Otto Bremer Foundation grant foundation. The organization received $80,000 for organization building and general operations for its support of seniors. The Otto Bremer Foundation awarded 82 grants totaling $4,462,167 in July of 2011. Elder Network's history In the spring of 1995, the parish nurse at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria reportedly learned about a program in Rochester called Elder Network, designed to meet the mental health needs of older adults by educating seniors to become peer volunteers f
A rural Kensington home was destroyed by fire Saturday night. At 10 p.m., Kensington and Hoffman fire departments were called to 23218 County Road 99 Southwest. Nathan Charles Long is the homeowner. According to law enforcement, no one was inside the residence at the time of the fire. The home was a total loss. A vehicle parked near the house was also damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A deck collapse sent 16 people to Douglas County Hospital Friday night. Just after 8 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received several 911 calls reporting that a deck collapsed at 1404 East Lake Geneva Road Northeast in Alexandria. Callers told dispatchers there were 20 to 25 people on the deck when it fell 10 to 12 feet to the ground. Several ambulance services were called in to the scene to transport the injured. Responding agencies included: North Ambulance, Parkers Prairie Ambulance, Glacial Ridge Ambulance, Alexandria Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Alexandr
Douglas County's high lake levels continue to slosh along the shores. Several heavy rainfalls this summer have pushed local lakes above their ordinary high water levels. The soggy shorelines are a burden for some lakeside businesses, but a business booster for others. Either way, customers are welcome to continue pouring in, but more rain is not. Impact on area resorts Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center is on Lake Darling where the lake level has risen quite a bit - as have all lakes on The Chain. As of last Friday, the resort's lakeside marina building would still have a foot of
Good grief. More rain. A thunderstorm pushed through the Alexandria area on Tuesday, August 16 bringing with it heavy rain. Three-quarters of an inch of rain was recorded by the National Weather Service. That's not what this part of the state needed. Lakes are already beyond the Ordinary High Water Levels, creeks are swollen, docks are barely above water and people's moods are soggy after a wet summer. There's a 60 percent chance of more rain tonight and a slight chance of rain through the rest of the week. How is your property holding up through the rain soaked summer?
Fire destroyed a rural Kensington home Friday night. The fire was reported at 23218 County Road 99 Southwest, just after 11 p.m. Saturday, August 13. No one was home when the fire was reported and no one was injured. The house, owned by Nathan Charles Long, was a total loss. A vehicle parked near the house was also damaged by the fire. Kensington and Hoffman Fire Departments and Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. As of Sunday morning, the cause of the fire was unknown.