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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Casey Skinner was at Chippewa Park on Saturday with family members enjoying the day. He hadn't seen his nephews in awhile, so his family decided to have a get-together at the park. Suddenly, he heard his brother's girlfriend yelling and screaming. "I thought it was because of the dogs getting into something, but then I heard someone else yelling, 'You ran over my baby,'" the 17-year-old from Alexandria said Monday morning.
A 23-month-old girl who was run over by a vehicle Saturday afternoon is in stable condition and recovering in a Twin Cities hospital, according to her mother, Catherine Moran. "I was scared," said Moran, the 32-year-old mother of six. "She's my baby. As I saw her face, when she was pinned (under the vehicle), I knew right there I was going to do everything possible to get her out. Mommy mode kicked in."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, August 24 Animal complaint, cow and calf in the ditch, cow went into corn field, calf stayed in ditch, Garfield. Water related incident, checked on male swimmer in the middle of the lake, assistance was offered, he was fine and returning to beach, Lake L’Homme Dieu.
Four community listening sessions in the next month have been set for the Brandon-Evansville School District. The school board has hired ICS Consulting to help the district assess its facility issues and needs. As part of the firm's services, the consultants assigned to the school district will hold listening sessions to address questions regarding the district's needs. The first round of sessions are as follows: • Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Brandon school gym. • Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Evansville Senior Center.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, August 23 Public assist, notification of person released from jail. Trespassing complaint, someone working on a car and has been told to leave, person is an employee, will follow up with manager. Suspicious vehicle, Sunny Brook Drive. Suspicious vehicle, vehicle parked near comp’s driveway.
Douglas County's ordinance allowing lakeshore owners to remove certain kinds of sidewalks or driveways in exchange for bigger homes is not in compliance with state shoreland rules. So says the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Dave Rush, the county's land and resource management director, shared the DNR's objections with commissioners at Tuesday's Douglas County board meeting.
"We're old-timers," Elvira Blank exclaimed as she smiled at one of her best friends. Viola Larson's eyes sparkled as she agreed with Elvira. The two were sitting next to each other at a dining room table at Grand Arbor. Elvira and Viola go back a few years. In fact, they have been friends all their lives. All 100 years. Yes, you read that right — 100 years. My day was made better that Thursday afternoon when I sat down to interview these two beautiful women, who not only grew up together but have remained friends for an entire century.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, August 21 Animal complaint, cow in the ditch, Brandon. Fraud, report of identification theft. Animal complaint, caller reported barking dogs in the neighborhood. Property damage crash, minor crash, no injuries, two vehicles.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, August 16 Burglary, caller reported missing several tools and other items from construction trailers and several subcontractor trailers, reported several times. Driving complaint, deputy approached at the fair by concerned citizen who would like extra patrol in Holmes City, citizen reported vehicles traveling through area at high rates of speed.
The 2018 Douglas County Fair wrapped up its four-day run Sunday a little earlier than expected, as heavy rains fell at the fairgrounds shortly after 6 p.m. and didn't let up for several hours. Brad Brejcha, vice president of the Douglas County Ag Association, said Sunday's rains caused the Midway and vendors to shut down four hours early, which he said could financially impact the fair organization as well as vendors. "Sunday night was supposed to be the last wristband night for the rides. But because of the rain, that didn't happen," Brejcha said.