Celeste Edenloff, a reporter for the Echo Press, has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from May of 1999 to February 2011, and is happy to be back and once again sharing the stories of the people in this community. Besides being a reporter, Celeste is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching bootcamp classes through Snap Fitness. She also enjoys running and has participated in more than 170 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
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When several friends started talking about DECA and how much fun it was, it piqued Sidney Enninga's interest. But it was at the encouragement of her business teacher that Enninga finally decided to join. That was in her sophomore year at Alexandria Area High School. Now a senior, Enninga serves as the Minnesota DECA vice president of special projects.
The 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Band performed with the Alexandria Area High School's symphonic band and wind ensemble Saturday afternoon. The performance took place Feb. 17 at the Performing Arts Center at the Alexandria school. At the concert, the high school symphonic band will perform "Skyfall" with the Red Bull Band, while the wind ensemble will perform "American Salute" with them. This was the first time the Red Bull Band has performed with a high school band.
The sun was shining, but the wind was brutal at Alexandria Industries annual "Fishing for the Cure" ice fishing event. The tournament took place on Smith Lake between Alexandria and Osakis Saturday, Feb. 17. According to organizers, the event exceeded expectations and raised more than $50,000. More than 1,400 participants took to the ice during Saturday's tournament with one of the largest fish in the event's history being caught - an 11-pound, 3-ounce northern.
Jim Conn's passions are veterans, airplanes and aviation, along with always needing to be on a mission. So when he heard about Veterans Airlift Command, Conn said it was the "perfect fit" for him. Veterans Airlift Command offers free flights to veterans and their families for medical and other treatments. The flights are provided by a network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Conn, a 75-year-old veteran from Alexandria who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1966, is now a Veterans Airlift Command volunteer pilot. His first mission was Sunday, Feb. 11.
A new theater production company has formed to bring more thought-provoking, edgier plays to the Alexandria lakes area. Fire Pit Productions will host its first play, "'night, Mother," Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24 at Lakes Area Theatre, 2214 Geneva Road Northeast. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. with general admission tickets at $10 and can be purchased at the theater the night of performances. Seating is limited in Lakes Area Theatre, with only about 60 seats.
Members of the Veterans Council in Douglas County are encouraging all veterans in the area to attend next week's Douglas County Commissioner's meeting. A work session to discuss veterans issues is set to follow the regular board meeting and is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 11:50 a.m. in the commissioner's meeting room on the second floor of the courthouse, 305 Eighth Ave. W. The issues to be discussed during the work sessions, according to the Veterans Council, are as follows: • Pay for volunteer drivers.
When it comes time for parents to send their first-born child off to kindergarten it can be sad, exciting, fun, scary and nerve wracking, all at the same time. Alexandria kindergarten teacher Tom Miller, who has been teaching at Lincoln Elementary School for 11 years, admitted even he struggled when it came time for his son to start school. "It's new and different and they are moving on and reaching that next milestone," Miller said. "There can be a lot of mixed emotions for parents."
Cherry Street Books in Alexandria is hosting a book signing event with Alexandria author Alisa Star. Star published her first book, "Birdie Takes the Stage," in January. The book was illustrated in collaboration with artist Heather Rolin, who is also from Alexandria. The book signing will take place Saturday, Feb. 17, at Cherry Street Books, 503 Broadway St. in Alexandria. Star will read from her book at noon and will be available for signing until 1:30 p.m.
Volunteer committees to assess the facilities needs of the Brandon-Evansville School District should begin meeting in April, the superintendent says. Superintendent Dean Yocum told board members Monday night at the regular school board that meeting dates have not yet been set. The meetings were originally set to start earlier this month, but scheduling conflicts have kept them from taking place, Yocum said.
A wood stove in a garage is the probable cause of a house fire Monday in southeast Alexandria. The Alexandria Fire Department was called to a residence at 3505 Maple Drive Southeast shortly before noon Monday, Feb. 12. The homeowners, Douglas and Camille Norris, were not home at the time of the fire. However, their two sons, along with a friend, and dogs were home, but were able to get out of the house, according to the Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow.