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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This time of year, all things lovey-dovey take center stage - Do you have a unique story to share about how you met your significant other? Was it love at first sight? Is it a funny story of opposites attracting? Does it involve a nearly-naked guy throwing an axe at your vehicle? Here's a love story that's so memorable, you just couldn't make it up: My parents have been married nearly 40 years and if it wasn't for that nearly-naked guy throwing an axe at a passing car, my folks may not have met. In the summer of 1972, my mom and her sister were riding with a guy in his souped-up muscle c
Stolen guns and marijuana were turned up in a drug bust in Osakis on January 28. According to the West Central Narcotics Task Force, a search warrant was issued at 11 West Main Street in Osakis, where officers recovered two stolen guns, marijuana, scales, packaging supplies and $2,310 in cash near the drugs. The bust stemmed from the report of guns stolen from a Glenwood residence.
Riding a bike is one of those things in life that can make you feel ageless. A new bike program at Grand Arbor's Nelson Wellness Center in Alexandria provides residents and members the opportunity to get on a bike again. The wellness center received a grant from the UCare Fund last October to launch a year-round bike program. Their inventory now includes: nine indoor cycling bikes with upright handlebar attachments and larger seats; and 18 outdoor models that range from comfort bikes with seats and pedals lower to the ground, fitness bikes, three-wheeled trikes, recumbent bikes, a tandem bi
Two people were injured in a dog attack at a Carlos home Friday evening. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 45-year-old Albert Lopez and a 10-month-old infant were bitten by the family dog. The extent of the injuries was not reported. The incident happened at 202 8th Street West in Carlos. Both victims were transported to the Douglas County Hospital, and later taken to the St. Cloud Hospital. Both victims are in stable condition, according to the sheriff's office. Carlos First Responders assisted on scene.
The bones of the new Alexandria Area High School are taking shape. Load-bearing walls, steel beams, footings and more are being set in place as light poles are sprouting from the ground.
Locally, there's an increase in heroin use. "We have a big problem that we see on the horizon and we need to get [information] out there as quickly as possible," Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson told the Echo Press on Tuesday.
Firefighters from two departments responded to a house fire in Carlos Tuesday night. According to law enforcement, the fire was reported at 8:55 p.m. at the David Piere residence at 18 North Douglas Street in Carlos. The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire. The house was damaged in the fire, which caused extensive smoke damage. Carlos and Parkers Prairie Fire Departments, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and North Ambulance responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters from two departments responded to a house fire in Carlos Tuesday night. According to law enforcement, the fire was reported at 8:55 p.m. at 18 North Douglas Street in Carlos. The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire. The house was damaged in the fire, which caused extensive smoke damage. Carlos and Parkers Prairie Fire Departments, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and North Ambulance responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama made a call for gun control laws and outlined a plan to do so.
Perhaps it's something you've never considered: Do you wish there were more county parks in Douglas County? What are your thoughts on the county's trail system? Are more picnic shelters on your county park wish list? Do you think there should be more restroom facilities available at the parks? Community input and ideas will be critical to the development of the Douglas County Park and Trail Plan. Here's your opportunity to have your say and share your ideas. A community open house will be held Tuesday, January 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.