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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An incident that started in Osakis and ended in Sauk Centre Thursday left a Stearns County deputy with a shot in the forearm by an arrow and the suspect with gunshots to the left shoulder, buttocks and hand. The suspects is a 31-year-old man from the Osakis/Alexandria area. According to a news release from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, here’s what happened:
A suspect is in custody in Stearns County after a standoff in Sauk Centre earlier today, Thursday, Sept. 13. According to Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson, a stolen vehicle was reported in Douglas County and a chase ensued, ending in Sauk Centre. The Sauk Centre Police Department posted on its Facebook page that because of a standoff, a soft lockdown was taken as a precautionary measure at the schools. Homes in the area of the 700 block of 10th Street South in Sauk Centre were also evacuated.
A cabin on Maple Circle Drive near Forada received minor damage from a fire Wednesday morning, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. On Sept. 12 around 8:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a report from Ryan Fernholz of a cabin on fire at 13152 Maple Circle Drive SE. It appeared the fire was caused by an electrical issue on the exterior of the cabin, according to the sheriff’s report.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, Sept. 11 Assist other agency, caller witnessed some people break into the house across the street, people are now outside his house, Red Oak Drive NE. Public assist, person needs ride home from emergency room, person was transported home. Water complaint, caller sunk his boat yesterday, needs report, boat was recovered, Evansville.
A 34-year-old Lowry man was taken to the hospital Tuesday after crashing his motorcycle. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Nathanial Tahtinen was driving his 1985 Harley Davidson when he saw a deer in the road and upon braking to avoid the animal, lost control and crashed. He was not wearing a helmet, according to the State Patrol report.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Sept. 10 Fire, caller awoke to a haze in the residence, smoke alarms went off, fire department checked residence, everything was fine. Property damage crash, vehicle versus turkey, minor crash report, County Road 5 NE, Spruce Hill Park Road NE, Carlos.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Sept. 7 Assist other agency, Grant County requested assistance with foot pursuit, possible weapons. Assist other agency, assisted Alexandria Police Department with foot pursuit. Animal complaint, caller reported dog barking for past 35 minutes.
Reconstruction of County Road 3, between County Road 10 and County Road 71 north of Osakis, will begin Monday, Sept. 10. According to Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley, the first operation will be to grind the existing asphalt surface, which will be salvaged and used as temporary gravel while the grading work is being done.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, Sept. 6 Suspicious vehicle, caller reported vehicle in parking lot sitting with its lights off, Nelson. Suspicious person, caller reported a male was ducking around vehicles in parking lot, lurking around, person talked to, stated he wanted to speak with staff about his wedding plans, Carlos.
The Douglas County Board approved a $15,000 appropriation to the Douglas County Agriculture Association, which runs the county fair, at its budget meeting Tuesday afternoon. Along with the ag association, commissioners approved several other appropriations at the Tuesday meeting. Prior to the vote, the vice president of the fair board, Brad Brejcha, updated the commissioners. He called the 2018 county fair very successful and said it exceeded 50,000 in attendance in its four-day run.