Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.
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A pursuit on Interstate 94 ended in a crash and arrest Monday. According to the State Patrol, troopers were pursuing the driver of a stolen GMC Yukon westbound on I-94...
Whew! Have you recovered your lawn chairs and garbage cans after that wild windy weather Monday? Wind gusts topped out at 55 miles per hour at Alexandria Municipal Airport at 7:42 a.m.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* October 9 Patrol activity, deputy found broken window pane, building secure, will follow up with business owner, Alex. Hit and run crash, Carlos. Two people arguing...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* October 8 Patrol activity, Lake Latoka West. Civil matter, complainant wanted to talk to deputy about client not paying him for work, both parties upset, deputy...
Alexandria was a stop on Runic Tour 2015 in April and now the event organizer, American Association of Runic Studies (AARS), has been awarded for its efforts.
After the call is done, after the gear is put away and the adrenaline rush is over, even rock-solid rescuers need a soft place to fall sometimes. A local organization will serve emergency responders in the wake of a tragic incident. The Lakes Area Crisis Response Team (LACRT) offers stress mitigation and debriefing services to area emergency response agencies. For example, in the event of a fatal house fire, a debriefing would be held afterward for firefighters and other first responders who were at the scene. A debriefing is a structured group discussion designed to mitigate stress sympto
Two weeks of fierce but friendly Penny Wars competition among Douglas County Hospital (DCH) staffers wrapped up with one of them walking away with blue eyebrows and hair. The "winner" of DCH's turn-an-administrator-blue contest was Eddie Reif, administrative director, public relations and community relations for DCH. Friday morning, his hair was sprayed and facial hair smeared with bright blue paint all in the name of charity. DCH coworkers watched, giggled and cheered him on. The DCH Penny Wars raised $276 for United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties.
During Tuesday's Impact Alexandria event, Mark Scharenbroich asked the crowd, "How can you improve your engagement with people in your life?" His key message: Successful businesses, organizations and communities hinge on personal connection. Making connections energizes businesses, organizations, communities and relationships. Here's how: Acknowledge — Be more interested than interesting, be curious and focus on the changes you need to embrace to grow. Honor — Fuel your passion to serve others and be a positive force that people are drawn to.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* October 7 Patrol activity, checking occupied vehicle, employee forgot something and came back for it, Garfield. Suspicious vehicle in parking lot, someone snooping around front door,...
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