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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DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, November 17 Mentally ill person, male has not been taking his medication and is struggling with his mental health, Alex. Suspicious activity, comp stating someone cloned his phone, Carlos. Civil matter, someone owes him money, would like advice on how to handle the situation, Alex.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, November 16 Public assist, party needs a ride back to Brandon after being brought in by ambulance, Alex. Assault, comp stated person two assaulted him on the roadside after trying to help him, Alex. Criminal damage to property, neighbor is pulling up all the trees by property line, they've had issues in the past, Brandon.
A hypothetical zombie apocalypse is to blame for recent controversy at Parkers Prairie High School. A teacher gave ninth-grade geography students an assignment that Principal Carey Johnson initially said is part of a nationally recognized curriculum called Zombie-Based Learning. One of the questions asked students to choose three people to sacrifice during a zombie apocalypse and explain why they were chosen.
Last year, Sara Severson found out one of her good friends, who was dying of cancer, had been given 48 hours to live. So Severson, a local musician in the band Blonde & the Bohunk, decided to play for her. "I felt this calling, like I really wanted to do something for her," Severson recalled. "I went up to the hospital where her room was filled with family. I gave her a hug and just whispered in her ear that I was going to sing for her and support her like she's always supported me. It was a beautiful moment and one I will never forget."
The Echo Press and the Lakes Area Humane Society (LAHS) in Alexandria present this week’s “Pet of the Week” – Paulo. Paulo is a 1 to 2 year old male cat. The LAHS says, "Paulo is a handsome guy who loves people! He enjoys attention and likes to held." If you are interested in adopting Paulo, call the LAHS at (320) 759-2260.
Social media is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it's great to be able to connect with friends and family who may be states or even countries away. It's wonderful for crowdsourcing, whether someone needs a new recipe or an opinion on a paint color. It allows people to celebrate a friend's victories with them, while also expressing sadness and sympathy when appropriate. But on the other hand, social media opens up a door to hate and unkindness — and that's a door many people step through without a second thought.
While normal kidneys are the size of a person's fist, Joel Novak's kidneys are the size of a football — and they're still growing. The reason is because Novak, an Iraq veteran from Alexandria, has polycystic kidneys. This is a genetic disorder that causes cysts to grow on the inside and outside of his kidneys, enlarging them and forcing them to push on other vital organs.
Though he’s already undergone two surgeries, Todd Wunderlich, 54, has at least one more on the horizon before he will know exactly what damage his arm suffered after having it pinned in a corn picker on Thursday, Nov. 9. Wunderlich says the first two surgeries were meant to clean the injury site and assess damage, but doctors were unable to determine the extent of the damage because of swelling.
ALEXANDRIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Wednesday, November 15 Suspicious vehicle, arrested person one for fifth-degree controlled substance. Juvenile trouble, daughter did not come home from school today. Public assist, assisting with a ride home. Suspicious activity, comp called non-emergency line stating there was an elderly male standing in the middle of the road.
The play of "Tuck Everlasting" doesn't quite fit one specific genre — and that's exactly the reason that the Alexandria Area High School theater department has enjoyed bringing it to life. According to assistant director Raymond Noble, the musical is different than any other show the department has produced.