Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.
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A hard, fast rain Sunday evening not only washed out the last few hours of the Douglas County Fair, it left some area businesses and homeowners with lots of water where it didn't belong. Among the casualties was the library at Alexandria Technical and Community College. With classes expected to start in another week, staff members were busy all day Monday cleaning up the mess left behind. "We will be fine. It will be just fine," said Tam Bukowski, the college's safety coordinator. "We're survivors here."
The Brandon-Evansville School District recently hired ICS Consulting to help with its facilities needs, and at Monday night's school board meeting an agreement with ICS was approved. The first phase of the agreement, at a cost of $5,000, includes:
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, August 14 Driving complaint, female driving with a revoked license, has been pulled over several times, vehicle unable to locate. Theft, items stolen from caller’s storage locker.
Tuesday's primary results came as a surprise for not only the challengers who prevailed in making it to the November ballot for Douglas County Board, but also the incumbents. "I knew I had a lot of good people behind me, supporting me, but I was surprised to be in the top," said Tim Kalina, a challenger for the commissioner seat in District 2. Kalina, along with the other challenger, Judy Backhaus, were the two top vote getters Tuesday, with Kalina drawing 38.7 percent of the vote and Backhaus 31.6 percent. They beat out incumbent Jim Stratton, who had 29.7 percent.
Kevin Beilke cringes every time he sees people riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Beilke, editor of Alexandria-based SnowTech magazine, knows first-hand that helmets, along with a myriad of other protective gear, can save a person's life. He firmly believes the safety gear he was wearing when riding his dual-sport motorcycle last month saved his life.
Douglas County residents: the Echo Press needs your vote. Do you have a favorite place to get a hamburger? How about the best place to enjoy an ice cream cone? Where do you get your car washed? Or where is the best place to get a haircut? We want to know where all your favorites are as part of our Readers' Choice "Best of the Lakes Area" contest. The contest has been popular the last couple of years, so the newspaper is bringing it back.
Wearing protective gear, paying attention in class and knowing his motorcycle are the three things Alex Olson credits for saving his life the day he crashed his 2004 Harley Sportster XL. The 20-year-old from Alexandria avoided a collision with a car that could well have taken his life, winding up in a hospital bed with a bruised lung, fractured pelvic bone, a few cuts and a little bit of road rash. On the morning of Tuesday, July 31, Olson was running errands, picking up items for a trip he and his girlfriend were supposed to take to George Crosby Manitou State Park.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, August 13 Animal complaint, calves on the road, Osakis. Suspicious vehicle, caller reported man in red car following some girls who were walking, Evansville. Personal injury crash, multiple cars, Interstate 94. Suspicious vehicle, van parked in a driveway of old abandoned farm site.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, August 10 Animal complaint, comp’s daughter called him about a bull on the road, Brandon. Theft, comp reported theft of wallet and password book from suitcase. Parking complaint, caller reported large trailer parked the wrong way on the street. Fraud, caller reported someone is using his information to sell insurance.
Motorists on Interstate 94 will encounter a temporary detour between exit 90 near Brandon and exit 97 near Garfield due to a multiple-vehicle crash. The roadway is closed in both directions and the detour route is to Douglas County roads 7 and 40. The crash took place around 2:15 p.m. on Interstate 94 in the eastbound lane near the Brandon exit Monday, Aug. 13.