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, June 6 Assist other agency, box truck in the ditch, assisted with lights, Interstate 94, mile marker 95. Suspicious activity, screen door on back door was cut in November and January, also had stuff taken out of boat over Memorial Day, Alexandria. Animal complaint, cow on road, Nelson.
A search and rescue exercise is taking place at the Alexandria Municipal Airport this weekend and the public is invited to watch. The Alexandria Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is hosting the search and rescue exercise Saturday, June 9, starting at 8 a.m. This is a rare opportunity, according to members of the Civil Air Patrol, as most of these types of training missions are not open to the public. However, 1st Lt. Gallen Norris with the Alexandria Composite Squadron said the public was invited to come and learn about the Civil Air Patrol and the local squadron.
Four people were arrested Wednesday and booked into the Douglas County Jail on various charges related to drugs, firearms and assault, according to the Alexandria Police Department. Three of the suspects are from Alexandria, including Jamie Gerdes, 37, Hanna Reese, 26, and Michael Kirkpatrick, 32. The fourth suspect, Darin Gilsdorf, 39, is from Dumont.
Over time, history and memories tend to get romanticized. That is precisely why Paulette Friday wrote, "In Pursuit of a Dream." She wants to take people back in time so they can connect with their ancestors and hear the real, true stories — the stories about the difficulties and dangers of leaving their homeland.
The reconstruction of County Road 114 (Brophy Landing) between County Road 82 and Centennial Drive is underway, and Central Lakes Trail users need to take warning. Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley said the crossing of County Road 114 on the Central Lakes Trail will unfortunately be inconvenient to cross during construction and at times impassible. "Please use caution when walking and biking through that area," Robley said.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, June 5 Suspicious activity, comp reported a vehicle that does not belong in neighborhood, contacted driver, was a male party waiting for female to sneak out and meet him, parent contacted and he was directed to go home, Alexandria. Assist other agency, male trying to break into house, ran toward boat landing, Osakis.
Dr. Deb Dittberner, Alomere Health physician and chief medical officer, was well aware of the alarming numbers when it came to colon cancer. Since 1995, colon cancer cases with people under the age of 50 had increased by 51 percent. New guidelines released last week from The American Cancer Society call for screenings to begin at age 45 for people at average risk, based in part on data showing growing rates of colorectal cancer in people who are young and middle-aged.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, June 4 Animal complaint, report of two cows in the ditch, Alexandria. Public assist, person had questions about a guy who walks his dog, Evansville. Suspicious vehicle, comp reported an SUV was on its side, looked like it had been there awhile, Alexandria.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, June 1 Lost animal, three big white fluffy dogs, Alexandria. Fraud, credit card fraud complaint, Alexandria. Personal injury accident, airbags deployed, Highway 29 South, Alexandria. Assist other agency, man dressed in all black with a large black bag, sweating and acting odd, Alexandria.
A new date was set Monday for the omnibus court hearing for Troy Traut. It will now take place Thursday, July 19, at 2:30 p.m. Traut, 33, of Alexandria, is facing charges of first-degree manslaughter and two counts of fifth-degree assault in the beating and death of Steven "Beaver" Hlinsky of Forada, outside the Muddy Boot Bar and Grill in Forada in the early-morning hours of May 5. Hlinsky was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital with life-threatening injuries, released May 11, and died two days later.