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 Tuesday, Sept. 4 Assist other agency, one running on foot toward Nokomis Street. Check welfare of a person, possible slumper, driver was lost, pulled over to check directions on phone. Burglary, storage unit lock was cut, Highway 29 S. Fraud, caller reported receiving a counterfeit $20 bill, Miltona.
Don Peschel has worked in education for nearly 30 years, spending the majority of those years in his hometown of Sauk Centre. But Peschel now has a new school district to call home — the Brandon-Evansville School District — and has taken on the role of superintendent. Officially hired as of July 1, Peschel has been on the job for about two months and said last week that first impressions go a long way.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, August 31 Assist other agency, motorcycle crash, Hunters Bay Road, Highway 114. Stolen vehicle, caller reported car stolen, Brandon. Property damage crash, two vehicles, County Road 40, Highway 114. Fire, house fire, Chippewa Heights, Brandon.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, August 29 Crash with animal, caller hit a deer, needs report, driver not injured, deer permit issued, Miltona. Animal complaint, cows on the road, County Road 6 NW. Suspicious vehicle, caller reported vehicle at end of her driveway with two or three people in it, came to her door, she didn’t open it.
Five people were taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning on County Road 82. The crash happened between Nelson and Osakis, at the intersection with Smith Lake Road SE and a frontage road, Wildlife Loop, at approximately 11:20 a.m. Thursday.
When it comes to the facility needs for the Brandon-Evansville School District, cost was one of the biggest factors cited by attendees at a listening session in Evansville Wednesday night. Other facility needs according to the more than 50 residents who attended the second of four sessions were: safety; school maintenance; handicapped accessibility; remodeling two sites versus building one new site; flexible learning spaces for students; size of classrooms; before- and after-school programs such as latch-key; and increased enrollment.
In a Top Ten list of biggest needs for the Brandon-Evansville School District, safe and secured entrances were the top priority. Other items included updated technology, handicapped accessibility, additional classrooms, energy efficiency, one building site, long-term facility maintenance plan, classroom space and size, a clean, happy and healthy school, and parking.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, August 28 Suspicious person, caller reported man walking slowly through her yard, looked in the window, no clothing description or direction of travel provided, Evansville. Suspicious vehicle, caller reported vehicle parked at end of driveway, unoccupied, parked there sometime overnight, called back, owner of vehicle was there with trailer to pick up vehicle, deputy provide lights until vehicle was loaded, Kensington.
The Alexandria Police Department is warning citizens to be wary of scams and to lock vehicles because of numerous thefts being reported in the Alexandria area. In a press release Wednesday morning, Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels said the police department was notified of an unusual fraud call.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, August 27 Assist other agency, couple reports of young boy walking down the street. Theft, comp reported hydraulic pump was stolen from fish house, Miltona. Motorist assist, deputy provided lights while tire was changed.