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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When Sydni Rehovsky was offered a chance to dance in New York last year — on more than one occasion — she started trying to figure out a way to make money to help pay for the costly trip. The now 11-year-old from Alexandria, who is a dancer at Dancin' Off Broadway and a sixth-grader at Discovery Middle School, started a GoFundMe page, but said it didn't really work out. "What if you get a job?" her dad, Bob Rehovsky, told her at the time. To which she replied, "But I'm only 10!"
A goal of the We Got Your Back group — to have all officers and deputies in Douglas County equipped with new active-shooter protective gear — has now been fulfilled. In a ceremony Friday, Oct. 19, at the Alexandria Technical and Community College, 30 kits were donated to officers and deputies in the Alexandria and Osakis police departments and Douglas County Sheriff's Office, as well as to medical personnel who respond with SWAT team members. An additional three kits were donated to police officers in Glenwood, in Pope County.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Oct. 22 Theft, report of missing tires from new vehicles, theft of eight tires and rim combinations, happened sometime overnight, Highway 29 S. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 14 NE, County Road 68 NE, Miltona. Burglary, caller reported sometime in the morning someone broke into house, stole copper wiring and damaged walls, Old Glory Drive NE.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, Oct. 18 Trespassing complaint, caller reported a squatter on his property. Property damage crash, one-vehicle rollover into the water, driver called and is fine, Interstate 94. Public assist, CO2 detector alarm going off, caller advised to leave house, call heating company.
At a recent meeting of the Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition, the discussion turned to the high numbers of accidents on County Road 82. That same week a head-on collision occurred between two vehicles on County Road 82, between Brandon and Garfield, causing one driver to be extricated and flown by helicopter to a St. Cloud hospital, and the other to be taken by ambulance to Alomere Health. Another reminder was not needed, because in looking back on crash data over the past five years, one road in Douglas County stands out for being the most dangerous.
The Brandon-Evansville School District received an unmodified or "clean" audit from the CliftonLarsonAllen auditing firm at the Monday night school board meeting. This is the highest level of assurance they can receive, according to Mary Reedy, who presented the audit to the school board members. Reedy said everything was well-prepared and that the firm had no disagreements with management about matters that could be significant to the financial statements. "It was a good, clean audit," she said.
Douglas County commissioners received good news from the CliftonLarsonAllen auditing firm at Tuesday's regular county board meeting. The board received an unmodified or "clean" opinion based on the financial statements, which is the highest assurance they can receive. Doug Host, a representative with the auditing firm, presented the audit summary to the Douglas County Board. One of the highlights touched on by Host was that the county had no material audit adjustments.
On the sixth day of Marcia Siira's honeymoon, as the couple was driving down the highway at close to 70 miles per hour, her then-husband began brutally beating her, smashing her head — over and over again — against the window. She managed to eventually unbuckle her seat belt and crawl to the back hatch of the car. That's when he told her, "I don't care if you live or die." "That's not something you think you'd hear on your honeymoon. I didn't know what came over him," Siira said between sobs to the quiet church basement full of listeners.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, Oct. 17 Suspicious activity, caller was checking game camera and on Sept. 18, saw a vehicle come into the yard and a female look in the house, walked around the shed and looked in the windows, wanted it documented, Liberty Road NW. Fire, report of a lawnmower on fire, Maple Lane NE. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 14 NE, Highway 29 N.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, Oct. 16 Stolen vehicle, caller reported someone stole his vehicle, Brandon. Assist other agency, stopped vehicle for police officer who handled complaint of two young children, one in the front seat and one in the back, not buckled or in a car seat. Animal complaint, report of cows on the road, County Road 10 SE, County Road 3 SE, Osakis.