Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.
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Two area schools are set to celebrate Homecoming next week.
David Townsend stood on the back of a battered pickup truck on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, watching as an American Air Force aircraft took off with his wife, Kerri, and two sons, Boden and Luke, on board. He didn't know when he would see them again.
The West Central Area Secondary School in Barrett sent out an email to parents Thursday, Sept. 21, stating the school had been placed on a soft lockdown. The email said the soft lockdown was in place for the start of the day and was expected to be lifted later in the day. Soft lockdowns differ from hard lockdowns in that they are simply precautionary, Superintendent Barry Schmidt said in the email. Students may leave classrooms between classes and for lunch and teachers still teach as scheduled.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, September 20 Suspicious vehicle, Brandon. 911 hangup, unknown phone issues, all OK, Alex. Personal injury crash, Englund Rd SW/State Hwy 27 W, Alex. Death, natural, Brandon. Utility company call, report of power line down, Alex.
The 51-year-old motorcycle driver who died after veering into the median in a construction zone near the Garfield exit on Interstate 94 on Tuesday, Sept. 19 has been identified as Louis Alvarez of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Scott and Darlene Erickson live in a peaceful area off of County Road 87 in Forada — and they want to keep it that way. The Ericksons are among numerous Forada residents who are concerned about the ramifications of a potential gravel pit in the area. The placement of the pit would be close to residential areas, just 138 feet from the Ericksons' home. "It's not that I'm anti-gravel pit," said Scott, who is a Forada city council member. "I understand that there's a need for gravel. But this is too close to town. It's going to ruin this little town."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, September 19 Public assist, check on student who was not at school, Carlos. Intoxicated individual, requesting help from deputy, transported to ER, Alex. Suicide threat, comp stating daughter called him stating she may be suicidal because she found out her boyfriend is cheating on her, transported to ER, Alex.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, September 18 Fire, grass, Evansville. Suspicious vehicle, vehicle with male and female in it, comp believes it could be part of a group of vehicles that has been driving recklessly in the area lately, unable to locate, Nelson. Public assist, assistance getting property, Alex. Littering complaint, mattresses in ditch, Evansville.
The Echo Press and the Lakes Area Humane Society (LAHS) in Alexandria present this week’s “Pet of the Week” – Viktor. Viktor is a 2 to 3 year old male cat.
The first court appearance of the three men suspected in the kidnapping and assault of a 15-year-old Alexandria girl drew a nearly full courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse on Monday, Sept. 18. The men — Thomas Barker, 32, of Carlos, Steven Powers, 20, of Benson and Joshua Lee Holby, 31, of Carlos — each waived a reading of the criminal complaint and did not enter a plea. Barker, Powers and Holby are expected to appear in court for the second time in six to eight weeks.