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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DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, July 11 Crash with deer, motorcycle collided with deer, driver transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Andes Road Southwest, County Road 107 Southwest, Kensington. Driving complaint, caller had questions about side-by-sides driving on road. Animal complaint, caller reported skunk in trap.
Joey and Scott Anderson, along with their sister, Tammy Young, want to give back to the community — in a big way. A little over a year ago, they purchased a 140-acre piece of property along County Road 45 in southwest Alexandria that includes a lake known to many as Lake Bountiful. The property, originally owned by Adolph Wagner, was purchased by the Anderson family from Tastefully Simple.
One of three defendants in the Jasmine Block abduction case appeared in court Tuesday, July 10, for a contested omnibus hearing. Steven Powers, 21, Mankato, faces charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment. Jasmine Block gained national attention after police say she escaped from three men while being held captive for nearly a month. She disappeared from her Alexandria home in August 2017.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, July 10 Patrol activity, checking on an odor, checked tanks and trucks, no obvious leaks, Miltona. Assist other agency, caller reported occupied vehicle on shoulder of Interstate 94, ran out of gas, one occupant had felony warrant and was arrested, vehicle was left on side of road.
Participants at last year's Douglas County Relay for Life event raised $185,000, the third most of any Relay event in Minnesota. "It's because of the great community support," said Lorene Pitcher, event lead for this year's Relay for Life event. "We were just behind two metro Relay events. I am so proud of everyone."
Josh Molden is looking forward to this Friday's Relay for Life as it is his first time participating. He is one of two honorary survivors who will be speaking at the event. The other, Patti Dahlheimer of Alexandria, was featured in the July 6 Echo Press. "It's a great opportunity for me to share my story and use the platform God has given me," said the 19-year-old who graduated from Alexandria Area High School in 2017. "It will be a great way to thank all the people who have been there for me."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, July 9 Traffic hazard, tree down on the road, Evansville. Water complaint, comp has paddle boat that floated away from another residence tied up on dock, Miltona. Driving complaint, truck all over the road, driver stopped, had spilled pop and was trying to clean it up, was given stern warning.
Organizers and volunteers were out and about helping to "Paint the Town Purple" Monday night. The annual event kicks off the Douglas County Relay for Life event, which will take place this Friday, July 13, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds beginning at 5 p.m. Read the Wednesday, July 11, issue of the Echo Press for more information about the Relay for Life.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, July 3 Assist other agency, several 911 calls about semi in the ditch, Evansville. Traffic hazard, stray dog in the middle of the road. Suspicious vehicle, vehicle parked next to the ice machine, Nelson. Traffic hazard, vehicle parked on the road without flashers on, Belle River.
Brandon-Evansville School Board members have a decision to make. Over the course of the past couple of weeks, the board heard from four consulting firms that are seeking to help the district address its facility needs, which could mean building one or two new schools or remodeling the existing buildings.