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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What can happen when a little girl puts on a cape? In Alisa Star's new children's book, "Birdie Takes the Stage," the little girl is empowered to chase her dreams and follow her imagination right into the spotlight. Star, an award-winning country singer and songwriter from Alexandria, was on maternity leave with her first child when the idea for the book came to her. Besides writing song lyrics, Star loves to write in general and has a passion for trying to empower others and so she thought, "Why not put it all together and put it in a book?"
Have you ever been grateful to be judged by others? On Wednesday, a friend of mine, Christa Thompson, posted on her Facebook page that she was and it made me think. Hard. Why would she be grateful that other people are judging her, which really means criticizing her? She wrote, "Today I'm so grateful I've been judged. Yes, I know that sounds odd, but I'm so thankful to be at a place where I can say that."
Terry Aasness, former Evansville mayor, died from heart issues Thursday, Jan. 11, at Hennepin County Medical Center in the Twin Cities. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Evansville. The funeral will be Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville.
If you saw a semi-truck parked on the off-ramp of the interstate and there was a car parked behind or in front of it, what would you think? A. That there was something mechanically wrong with either vehicle. B. That it was a relative stopping for a quick visit with the driver of the semi. C. That the driver of the vehicle is a pimp and has brought a female to the truck driver for "services."
As Adam Kavanagh was making his way to a “vehicle versus timberwolf” call early Tuesday, he was in disbelief. Kavanagh, a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, said he expected to see a coyote or even a German shepherd. “I wasn’t expecting a wolf,” said Kavanagh. “But lo and behold, we showed up and there it was. It was something I had never seen before.”
The $40 a day stipend for volunteer drivers for the Veteran Service Office in Douglas County was terminated by Douglas County commissioners at a board meeting in September, which upset the drivers and veterans who use the service. Since then, those drivers and veterans have been trying to figure out why the county no longer wants to pay for the volunteer drivers and are trying to rectify the situation.
The main driver of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. is opioids, both prescription and illicit. In fact, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids were involved in more than 42,000 deaths across the country in 2016. This is five times higher than in 1999. But what about locally, how is the opioid epidemic closer to home?
Firefighters from throughout the region will gather in Forada in January. But this time, it's not for training purposes. Some will strut their stuff down the catwalk, and it's all for a good cause — the Lakes Area Crisis Response Team. The third annual Firefighter Runway and Comedy Show is slated for Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Forada Supper Club. Dinner will take place at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person or $200 per table.
Alexandria doctors and dentists have seen how opioids can lead to trouble. Alexandria dentist Dr. Tyler Geyen believes there is an opioid epidemic. He added it's sometimes hard to find a balance between caring for his patients while reducing their pain. Geyen, who owns Woodland Dentistry, has to prescribe opioids such as OxyContin, a brand name of oxycodone, when he performs oral surgery like wisdom tooth extraction. Other brand names of drugs that contain oxycodone include Percodan or Percocet.
Being the first baby born in Douglas County for the new year has a few perks. Baby boy Cade Dean, along with his parents, Trent and Steph Froemming of Evansville, were presented with a gift basket from Sanford Health Broadway Clinic in Alexandria. Sarah Feierabend, a certified nurse midwife at Sanford, presented the family with the gift basket on Tuesday. Cade, born at 4:35 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2018, and his parents were also presented with a Target gift card by Cecelia Haffner from the VFW Post 936 Auxiliary on Wednesday, Jan. 3.