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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What used to be Randy's Menswear has shown signs of activity the past few weeks, but has remained a mystery as sheets were hung over the windows. But now the mystery is no more. The sheets have been removed, revealing the renovated building as a new tattoo shop called Valhalla Tattoos. Jay Zuccala, the owner, moved to Alexandria from Arizona about four years ago to care for his grandfather. He worked at another tattoo shop in town before deciding to pursue his dream of opening his own.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, July 19 Public assist, comp stating she wants her roommate out today and wants her stuff out but she is refusing, Kensington. 911 hangup, received 911 call with TV in background, sounded like elderly male said "hello" but unable to get him to respond, vehicle gone from garage, door to house was found open, residence cleared and nobody home, Miltona.
After more than five years of planning and construction, the Parkers Prairie Aquatic Center has nearly reached completion. All that's left to be done is pouring the deck and adding a finish to the pool, pool committee chairwoman Sheryl Myers said. "The exact (opening) date is not concrete yet, but it's the near future," she said. "There's always some hiccups when it comes to construction. Sometimes it's coordination, sometimes it's waiting for inspections, things like that."
After suffering debilitating headaches, blackouts and even seizures, 27-year-old Isaac Gorham knew something was wrong. A doctor told him he had viral meningitis. As a pre-medical student at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, this wasn't a diagnosis Isaac accepted. So, he made another appointment, this time with a neurologist. But he never made it to that appointment.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, July 18 Suspicious vehicle, comp stating there is a vehicle that jumped the curb into her yard, vehicle was locked up and no one was around, Alex. Suspicious vehicle, white sedan with messed up rear bumper and loud pipes, along with another car at southeast access, no boats attached, usually at access during night and when he turns his lights on they speed out, Lake Geneva access.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, July 17 Suspicious vehicle, white truck lingering around John Deere dealership, Alex. Suspicious activity, vehicle pulled into law enforcement center, ran from vehicle, female passenger tried to chase down a bunny and was unable to catch it, got back in car and left, Alex. Harassment, person one arrested for restraining order violation, Alex.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who died after falling off the bed of a pickup truck as 61-year-old Marilyn Weedman of Alexandria.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, July 14 Suicide threats, needs advice about girlfriend who had suggested suicide to comp, person two stated she was fine, Evansville. Burning complaint, comp says they have to be burning some garbage, it has a toxic smell to it, no prohibited materials found, Alex. Suspicious vehicle, unoccupied vehicle parked outside the gas station, Nelson.
The Echo Press and the Lakes Area Humane Society (LAHS) in Alexandria present this week’s “Pet of the Week” – Kody. Kody is a 1 to 2 year old male cat. The LAHS says, "Kody arrived to us a very scared and timid cat, not sure what to think about people. Since his arrival, Kody has flourished! He loves spending time with his favorite volunteers and even warms up to strangers if they are kind and gentle to him."
Changes are underway at Knute Nelson in Alexandria, as the care facility has partnered with a new rehabilitation company as well as added a memory care unit.