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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The Evansville City Council is taking applications to fill a vacant city council seat. The council spot became vacant after Monica Olson shifted into the mayor position from her City Council seat. Olson took over as acting mayor after former mayor, Terry Aasness, resigned in December. Aasness died in January from heart issues. Applications for the City Council seat will be accepted until 3 p.m. Friday, March 2, according to Olson.
As Douglas County Commissioners sat in a closed-door session Tuesday afternoon to discuss the county's labor negotiations, a group of veterans — nearly 50 people from all branches of the military — stood in the small area outside the meeting room and down the long hallway waiting for their issue to be heard. The group waited for nearly 30 minutes before they were ushered inside to discuss topics including the volunteer driver program and the location of the Veterans Service Office.
Douglas County Commissioners are looking into two possible solutions for the driver program that transports veterans to medical appointments — part-time driver positions and a shuttle service. Veterans have been upset with the county since commissioners cut a $40-a-day stipend for volunteer drivers for the Veteran Service Office. The commission made the cuts in September and they took effect Jan. 1.
Douglas County has hired a human resource director, a newly designed position for the county. At a special board meeting Friday, Feb. 16, the Douglas County Commissioners approved hiring Lee Katzmarek as the new director. Heather Schlangen, county coordinator, requested permission to hire the new director, who will work within the county coordinator's office, at an annual salary of $78,270 plus a starting vacation bank of 40 hours. The commissioners took action to create the position at the Jan. 16 regular meeting. In other action
When several friends started talking about DECA and how much fun it was, it piqued Sidney Enninga's interest. But it was at the encouragement of her business teacher that Enninga finally decided to join. That was in her sophomore year at Alexandria Area High School. Now a senior, Enninga serves as the Minnesota DECA vice president of special projects.
The 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Band performed with the Alexandria Area High School's symphonic band and wind ensemble Saturday afternoon. The performance took place Feb. 17 at the Performing Arts Center at the Alexandria school. At the concert, the high school symphonic band will perform "Skyfall" with the Red Bull Band, while the wind ensemble will perform "American Salute" with them. This was the first time the Red Bull Band has performed with a high school band.
The sun was shining, but the wind was brutal at Alexandria Industries annual "Fishing for the Cure" ice fishing event. The tournament took place on Smith Lake between Alexandria and Osakis Saturday, Feb. 17. According to organizers, the event exceeded expectations and raised more than $50,000. More than 1,400 participants took to the ice during Saturday's tournament with one of the largest fish in the event's history being caught - an 11-pound, 3-ounce northern.
Jim Conn's passions are veterans, airplanes and aviation, along with always needing to be on a mission. So when he heard about Veterans Airlift Command, Conn said it was the "perfect fit" for him. Veterans Airlift Command offers free flights to veterans and their families for medical and other treatments. The flights are provided by a network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Conn, a 75-year-old veteran from Alexandria who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1966, is now a Veterans Airlift Command volunteer pilot. His first mission was Sunday, Feb. 11.
A new theater production company has formed to bring more thought-provoking, edgier plays to the Alexandria lakes area. Fire Pit Productions will host its first play, "'night, Mother," Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24 at Lakes Area Theatre, 2214 Geneva Road Northeast. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. with general admission tickets at $10 and can be purchased at the theater the night of performances. Seating is limited in Lakes Area Theatre, with only about 60 seats.
Members of the Veterans Council in Douglas County are encouraging all veterans in the area to attend next week's Douglas County Commissioner's meeting. A work session to discuss veterans issues is set to follow the regular board meeting and is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 11:50 a.m. in the commissioner's meeting room on the second floor of the courthouse, 305 Eighth Ave. W. The issues to be discussed during the work sessions, according to the Veterans Council, are as follows: • Pay for volunteer drivers.