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. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Nov. 2 Drug related activity, caller was cleaning out an apartment, found syringe, Carlos. Neighbor dispute, property line dispute, County Road 23 SE. Neighbor dispute, neighbor took down posted signs, now hunting on his land, South Lake Jessie Road SE.
It's that time of year again — flu season. And although flu activity is currently low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they expect it to pick up in the coming weeks. As of last Friday, Oct. 26, there were 15 reported hospitalized cases of influenza this fall in Minnesota, with the state's west-central region having two.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, Nov. 1 Stolen vehicle, caller reported stolen vehicle from workplace, County Road 82. Misc. info, caller states everytime she drives in area, she sees someone blow through stop sign at high rate of speed, Hazel HIll Road SE, Maple Drive SE. Criminal damage to property, caller reported mailbox was destroyed, West Latoka Drive SW.
A recent federal law change has many Minnesota seniors shopping this fall for new Medicare plans for 2019, and they may also be getting more mailings and sales solicitations with offers of Medicare coverage. The Minnesota Commerce Department, which regulates the insurance industry in the state, is urging seniors and their family members to be alert for confusing or deceptive advertising and sales offers. When reviewing Medicare plan sales information or researching online, it is important to know what information is from Medicare, what is from a legitimate insurance company or agent, and wh
Mary Krueger visits with 10-12 seniors each day in her office at the Douglas County Senior Services center. Her next available appointment is more than two weeks away. Why is she so busy? Krueger, the county's senior coordinator, is trying help those with Medicare work their way through the changes that are taking place for 2019.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, Oct. 31 Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 5 NW, Big Horn Bay Road NW. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 27 SW, Twin Point Road SW, Farwell. Property damage crash, two vehicles, Calvary Road SE, County Road 82 SE, Osakis.
If you were given three seconds, could you answer the question: What makes you happy? Over a six-month period, could you write down three good things in your life each day? Being grateful is a powerful tool, according to Melissa Pribyl with the Bounce Back Project. The project is a unique collaboration of physicians, nurses, hospital leaders and staff and community partners in Wright County. It was created after two highly-respected and loved physicians in the area died in 2014 — one in a motorcycle crash, the other by suicide.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, Oct. 30 Animal complaint, report of a donkey on the road, owner contact, walked donkey home, County Road 40 NW, County Road 8 NW. Motorist assist, truck blew tire and debris was all over the road, County Road 27 SE, Highway 27 W. Vehicle unlock, locked two-year-old in the car, Garfield.
As the stories from Brad Lake's 30-year career with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office were shared at his retirement party, there were plenty of laughs, and at times, plenty of tears. A group of friends, colleagues and family gathered last Wednesday at Douglas County Public Works to bid adieu to Lake, who began his career with the sheriff's office May 15, 1988. He has been the county's chief deputy since 2007, when Troy Wolbersen was first elected as sheriff and appointed Lake as his right-hand man.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Oct. 29 Shooting complaint, caller heard gunshots, two blocks north of him, Tabbert Road NW. Fire, semi truck fire, fire started in engine compartment, Bird Lake Road SE, County Road 82 SE, Osakis. Suspicious activity, caller reported van parked at access for a couple of days, vehicle was unoccupied, deputy red flagged it, Hazel HIll Road SE.