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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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.
An Alexandria man was killed in a farming accident Thursday. Lyndon Wilberg, 50, of Alexandria died in an accident involving a tractor. The accident happened in Nora Township, in the northwest corner of Pope County, about 4 miles south of Kensington. The case remains under investigation and the Pope County Sheriff's Office is not releasing details at this time. 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.
At what point can I officially say, "I'm from Alexandria"? I feel "official" after living here for 11 years now. I've done my time being labeled, "not from around here," but, will I ever be eligible to say, "I'm from Alexandria"? If you're new to the area or not originally from "around here," you can probably relate. For a long time, when native Alexandrians would ask, "Where are you from?" I wondered how they knew I wasn't from around here. Was it the haircut? Or the Twin Cities accent?
A recent report indicates one in 11 bridges in Minnesota are structurally deficient. In Douglas County, there are two. The report, "The Fix We're In For: The State of Minnesota's Bridges," was released in September and generated by Transportation For America, a coalition working on transportation reform nationwide. The report includes a county-by-county report on bridges in need of repair. LOCAL BRIDGES Dave Robley, Douglas County engineer and Public Works director, took issue with the accuracy of the report's bridge numbers presented for Douglas County. The report indicates there are
Just before 8 a.m. Monday, October 10, a three-vehicle crash was reported just west of the intersection of County Roads 82 and 22, near the county fairgrounds. According to the Alexandria Police Department, a vehicle driven by Matthew Magnuson, 34, of Garfield, was eastbound on County Road 82 when it rear-ended the vehicle in front of him, which then hit another vehicle ahead of it.
This month, the Douglas County community is asked to take time to help bring awareness to domestic violence by taking part in two events. On Tuesday, October 18, beginning at 5 p.m., the annual Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence Walk will begin at the Douglas County Courthouse in Alexandria and end at Calvary Lutheran Church. The event will also feature free T-shirts, food and guest speakers Chuck and M'Liss Switzer - a couple who broke the cycle of domestic abuse. On Wednesday, October 19, from 11:45 a.m.
A unique opportunity is available to explore a career in manufacturing and earn college credits - free of charge. Beginning October 17, a Manufacturing Prep class will be offered at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC). Through District 206 Community Education, the Alexandria Area Adult Basic Education (ABE) Consortium is partnering with ATCC and the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) to offer the free course at ATCC this fall. The eight-week course will be offered for the first 20 qualified applicants. Classes will be held at ATCC Monday and Wednesday eve
Last Friday, a group of 83 mental health professionals and consumers met in Alexandria to discuss the future of mental health services in Minnesota. The event focused on participants learning how to engage their legislators and advocate the needs of Minnesotans with mental illnesses. The event, "Day at Home in Region 4" invited the 13 legislators who represent the counties of Clay, Becker, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin to get together. After a morning session on mental health consumer education, participants took part in a luncheon featuring guest speaker, L
On Friday, four Osakis residents were charged with felony drug crimes for their alleged connection to the possession and sale of methamphetamine drugs. On Thursday, September 22, acting on a search warrant at 305 West Main Street in Osakis, law enforcement reportedly interrupted a drug deal, found meth at the house and made the arrests. The following residents have been charged with felony-level meth possession and sale crimes: Brenda Lyn Nelson, 50; Kyle Lee Nelson, 19; Shaun Dexter Chermak, 28; and Karl Dean Shroyer, 49. According to law enforcement, Brenda Nelson, Chermak and Shroyer wer