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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The results are in: the Brandon-Evansville School District has great teachers and staff, but the buildings are in need of repair and modernization. In addition, residents like the smaller class sizes found in the district, but there are some challenges when it comes to students and staff having to travel between two buildings, one in Evansville and one in Brandon.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Oct. 15 Assist other agency, trailer fire, 6th Avenue E. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 14 NE, County Road 3 NE, Miltona. Theft, caller reported two vehicles broken into, daughter’s purse was stolen, Red Fox Lane SE. Lost property, lost a dark blue snap on pontoon cover, Lake Mina.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Oct. 12 Animal complaint, caller reported neighbor’s dog came into her house through doggy door and scared her, ongoing program with dog always being out, talked with dog owner, advised him of township ordinance, he will make sure his dog stays in his yard. Theft, caller reported engagement ring was stolen out of her bathroom cupboard, Carlos.
A 63-year-old Alexandria man was taken to the hospital after his vehicle rolled on Highway 29. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, around 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Michael Allen was driving a 2015 Subaru Forester southbound on Highway 29, south of County Road 42, near Carlos. His vehicle went off the road to the right and then rolled before hitting a tree and coming to rest. Allen was taken by North Ambulance to Alomere Health with non-life threatening injuries.
LifeRight Outreach in Alexandria is doing its part to help hurricane victims in North Carolina. And there is still time for residents in Alexandria to do their part, too. Tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., donations can be dropped off at Alexandria Industries, 401 County Road 22 NW. LifeRight volunteers will be in the back parking lot accepting and loading items. Donations needed include gently used clothing (all sizes), blankets, towels, househould goods, canned goods, toiletries, diapers, paper products, toys and more.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, Oct 11 Assist other agency, assisted with lights for pickup in the westbound median, east of exit 103 on Interstate 94. Suspicious activity, caller reported someone was banging on his door, then left in vehicle and now parked by Highway 27, called back, realized it was his friends and no longer needed someone to respond.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, Oct. 9 Motorist assist, vehicle is off the roadway, no one is around, will check on it later. Criminal damage to property, caller reported his vehicle was damaged while parked on minimum maintenance road. Fraud, caller reported eBay and PayPal accounts were hacked.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Oct. 8 Suspicious person, person cited for open bottle, possession of small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Trespassing complaint, caller reporting someone is parking campers on her property. Vehicle in ditch, report of vehicle in ditch, hit a culvert, County Road 82 SE.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Oct. 5 Water complaint, report of pontoon washed up on shore, Birchwood Terrace NE. Animal complaint, anonymous caller heard rumor there were 50 dead cows, more that are starving, checked on, cows in field with plenty of hay, Nelson. Criminal damage to property, caller believes water was put in his gas tank, South Darling Drive, NW.
At just 10 years old, Emily Staples knows what it takes to get into character. To prepare for her upcoming role of Toto in Andria Theatre's production of "Wizard of Oz," Staples researched the body language of dogs. The Alexandria fifth-grader wanted to be as much of a dog as she possibly could be. She even got a book on dog body language, learning that when dogs are happy, they tend to pant a lot and have a slight "smile."