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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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.
When it comes time for parents to send their first-born child off to kindergarten it can be sad, exciting, fun, scary and nerve wracking, all at the same time. Alexandria kindergarten teacher Tom Miller, who has been teaching at Lincoln Elementary School for 11 years, admitted even he struggled when it came time for his son to start school. "It's new and different and they are moving on and reaching that next milestone," Miller said. "There can be a lot of mixed emotions for parents."
Cherry Street Books in Alexandria is hosting a book signing event with Alexandria author Alisa Star. Star published her first book, "Birdie Takes the Stage," in January. The book was illustrated in collaboration with artist Heather Rolin, who is also from Alexandria. The book signing will take place Saturday, Feb. 17, at Cherry Street Books, 503 Broadway St. in Alexandria. Star will read from her book at noon and will be available for signing until 1:30 p.m.
Volunteer committees to assess the facilities needs of the Brandon-Evansville School District should begin meeting in April, the superintendent says. Superintendent Dean Yocum told board members Monday night at the regular school board that meeting dates have not yet been set. The meetings were originally set to start earlier this month, but scheduling conflicts have kept them from taking place, Yocum said.
A wood stove in a garage is the probable cause of a house fire Monday in southeast Alexandria. The Alexandria Fire Department was called to a residence at 3505 Maple Drive Southeast shortly before noon Monday, Feb. 12. The homeowners, Douglas and Camille Norris, were not home at the time of the fire. However, their two sons, along with a friend, and dogs were home, but were able to get out of the house, according to the Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow.
A 27-year-old man from Ireland was injured in a snowmobile crash on Lake Miltona on Friday afternoon. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Aidan Mchugh was reportedly unconscious and about 300 feet from shore near the area of Krohnfeldt Drive, off of County Road 5. Mchugh was flown by LifeLink III to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries . The crash was reported at 2:49 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2. Responding units included the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Miltona First Responders, North Ambulance and LifeLink III.
When Kreg Anderson was growing up near Lincoln Elementary School, the Alexandria Municipal Airport was basically in his backyard. Hearing and seeing airplanes is what he said he believes fueled his passion for aviation. When he was bored, Anderson, a 2013 Alexandria Jefferson High School graduate, said he would ride his bike, no matter the weather, to the airport just to hang out. At 15, he began taking flying lessons and the day after he turned 16, not only got his driver's license, but flew his first solo flight the same day .
Douglas County property owners appear hopeful that a new tax law regarding prepaying property taxes will benefit them when paying their 2017 taxes. At the end of last year, the Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer office received $3.7 million in prepaid taxes, a huge jump compared to the previous year's $40,000.
If people attending the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Monday night remembered one thing from Del Mari Runck's speech, she asked them to remember this, "We are all stronger together when we support each other."
The Echo Press was honored with 14 awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's "Better Newspaper Contest." Echo Press staff picked up the awards and attended seminars at the annual convention in Bloomington on Jan. 25-26. Newspapers from across the state entered the contest, submitting their best work in advertising, writing, Internet, photography and several other categories. The Echo Press received six first-place awards, two second place and six third place. First place (with judges' comments if any were provided):