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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On June 5, a nine-month investigation culminated with the arrest of six people on drug-related charges. According to a news release from the Todd County Sheriff's Office, several search and arrest warrants were issued for methamphetamine sales in the Staples area. Five law enforcement agencies took part in executing the search warrants at the following locations on June 5: 200 block of Dakota Avenue SE, Staples; Wisconsin Avenue SE, Staples; and Section 9 of Villard Township in Todd County. The six people arrested range in age from 22 to 48 years old.
A Parkers Prairie man was killed Saturday when a tractor flipped and landed on him. According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, around 2 p.m. Saturday, rescue crews responded to 15271 County Highway 59 for a report of a tractor on top of a man who was not breathing. The accident happened in a field about 10 miles west of Parkers Prairie. Steven Ray Ferdelman, 53, was killed while he was attempting to pull another tractor that had become stuck in a muddy area in a field, according to authorities.
During Memorial Day weekend, a large, wayward bog morphed into a giant floating headache for lakeshore owners in Schultz's Bay, along the northwest side of Lake Osakis. Jason Neubarth was visiting his parents' lakeplace on Osakis that weekend when a 30 to 40 foot wide and 70 to 80 yard long bog - a soft, spongy, floating landmass - drifted over like an uninvited houseguest. "It was pinned in the bay Saturday morning [May 25], and as we just finished putting our dock and lifts in the lake, another resident a few cabins down removed [the bog] from his and his neighbor's docks, which were start
Around 2:30 a.m. on May 29, law enforcement received several calls about a white truck that had been driven into the Perry's Furniture building on Nokomis Street in Alexandria and then fled from the scene. According to Alexandria Police Department, a 23-year-old man was driving the truck that reportedly hit the building and then drove away. Charges are pending. Dispatchers reportedly received several calls from people who heard the crash early Wednesday.
It's been 50 years since Community Memorial Home opened in Osakis and this weekend, the community is invited to celebrate the community-owned, not-for-profit facility that thrives today. On Sunday, June 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. a 50th anniversary open house will be hosted at Galeon in the Community Memorial Home dining room. The afternoon will include music, refreshments and a program. The program starts at 2 p.m.
Hunting is a tradition intertwined into the lives of many Minnesotans and before they hit the slough, field or forest, those hunters have a substantial economic impact in the state. Representatives from Hunting Works for Minnesota (HWFM) were in Alexandria last week meeting with local stakeholders in hunting-related businesses and groups. Bruce Nustad, co-chair of HWFM, explained that HWFM is a grassroots organization that promotes the role hunting and shooting sports play in both the heritage and economic health of Minnesota.
On Tuesday, June 25, voters in the Brandon and Evansville school districts will be asked to decide if the two school districts should consolidate into one. A special election ballot will ask whether a voter is "for" or "against" consolidating the districts. The ballot question must pass by a majority in both districts. If it passes in both districts, the merger would be effective July 1, 2013. School boards in both districts have cited that they've successfully combined the middle and high schools already so it seems like a natural progression to move to entirely consolidate.
The new high school in Alexandria will not only establish a modern education campus, but also a whole new, innovative learning program too. Alexandria School District 206 will introduce learning academies at Alexandria Area High School, beginning in the fall of 2014. The new academies, or small learning communities concept, basically addresses those questions you've likely asked as a student and heard your kids ask: Why do I need to learn algebra? When will I ever use this again in my life? Why do I have to learn science stuff?
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 buy a variety of bikes and 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 bike, a side-by-side tandem and a wheelchair tandem b
Piece by piece, stitch by stitch, quilt by quilt - a local group of quilters volunteered their talents over the last 18 months to deliver comfort to the country's wounded soldiers. Five local women from the Honor Quilts organization recently joined forces with quilters from Fergus Falls, Perham, Dent and Underwood to sew and hand-deliver 950 Quilts of Valor (QOV) to injured soldiers at Fort Knox and Fort Campbell. Georgia Thesing of Osakis was one of the women who helped craft and deliver the quilts to wounded soldiers. "It was emotionally uplifting and emotionally draining at the same time