Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* March 4 Public assist, comp’s vehicle at business, went to pick it up and business empty, owner not answering her call, owner moved shop and he...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* March 3 Assist agency, female truck driver broke down at Latoka Rest Area, requesting ride to motel, taxis won’t answer phone, transported to hotel. Theft, comp...
Douglas County Hospital (DCH) and Alexandria Clinic have created a unique partnership for obstetrics and gynecology care in the community. As of April 4, Alexandria Clinic's obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) department will move to the third-floor south tower of DCH. Patient convenience reportedly prompted the change.
Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria recently expanded its capacity to serve. As of March 1, eight long-term care beds were added to the facility. That brings the total to 69 licensed beds serving adults requiring long-term care. Knute Nelson staff credits the bed capacity jump to the Minnesota Legislature prioritizing the senior population during the 2015 legislative session by increasing reimbursement rates for long-term care facilities.
On Tuesday, Douglas County commissioners denied tax abatement for a new hotel development in Alexandria. Schultz Properties Investments has proposed building a 52,000-square-foot, 80-room Holiday Inn Express and Suites hotel, plus infrastructure and a road to access the new hotel and potential commercial property development along the south side of Interstate 94, east of Holiday Inn. In this case, tax abatement would allow the county to rebate property taxes to the developer to pay for public infrastructure costs.
Efforts to keep a county corrections worker on the job have failed. During the March 1 Douglas County Board meeting, Commissioner Bev Bales made a motion to retain the case aid position in the court services department; Bales and Charlie Meyer voted "yes" and Owen Miller, Jim Stratton and Jerry Johnson voted "no." It's been a complicated, back-and-forth process that started Jan. 19 when the county board voted 5-0 to approve layoffs of two corrections/court services employees — a case aide and an administrative assistant — citing overstaffing.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* March 2 Burglary, comp believes shop was broken into, he saw motion light on and started walking toward shop, heard car rev up and leave from...
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* March 1 Property damage crash, 50th Ave/Sanibel Dr, Alex. Child protection issue, juvenile boy with odd behavior, transferred to Parkers Prairie PD. Child abuse, sexual, child...
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released its annual Adverse Health Events report to continually focus on improving patient safety statewide. A total of 316 adverse events were reported in Minnesota from October 2014 to October 2015 — things like medication errors, pressure ulcers, falls and others. Three of those events happened at Douglas County Hospital (DCH) in Alexandria: • Two reports of irretrievable loss of an irreplaceable biological specimen, and • One report of surgery or invasive procedure performed on the wrong body part.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE* February 29 Suspicious activity, comp has had wood go missing in last couple weeks, requested extra patrol, CR82, Alex. Suspicious activity, mortgage broker found dangerous weapons...