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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As Craig McMillan stood at the podium, he told the large crowd he was "definitely misled" for why he was attending the Sertoma's annual Service to Mankind luncheon Wednesday afternoon. McMillan thought he was at Broadway Ballroom to honor someone else and also to speak about We Got Your Back, an organization that supports law enforcement and other emergency personnel that he and Gordie Billmark, from Billmarks Lakes Area Insurance, formed in the fall of 2016.
Pastor Greg Billberg told the large crowd that gathered at the site of the new First Lutheran Church that it takes a village to raise a church. Billberg was among several people who spoke at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new church Sunday afternoon. A new First Lutheran Church will soon be built along County Road 46 (South McKay Avenue), near Woodland Elementary School.
A trip to the gift shop at Canterbury Park turned Jennifer Anderson into something she never expected: a children's book author. Anderson and her now 17-year-old daughter, Madi Knoblauch, had taken some friends to Canterbury Park in Shakopee, a place they had both visited several times because of Knoblauch's love of horses. Anderson, a 1991 Alexandria graduate who works at Thrivent Financial, said they were in search of a children's book about horses. Considering they were at a horse track, they did not expect this to be a problem. It was.
Douglas County commissioners on Tuesday approved an architectural firm for the bathhouse project at Lake Brophy Park. Five firms submitted proposals, with the contract being extended to Buetow 2 Architects of Minneapolis. Bids submitted ranged from Buetow's low bid of $13,500 to the highest bid, $26,000, which came from Studio E in Glenwood. The bathhouse will serve the beach area of the park and will be similar to the bathhouses at both the L'Homme Dieu and Latoka beaches, according to Brad Bonk, the county's parks superintendent.
Aaron Finley and Allan Fettig have made a goal to continue a legacy that started in Alexandria nearly 70 years ago. Finley and Fettig are the new owners of Trumm Drug, including both pharmacies in Alexandria and those in Parkers Prairie, Elbow Lake and Glenwood, and Trumm Home Medical Specialities, a medical equipment and supply store in Alexandria. They purchased the stores last month from third-generation owners Paul, Mark and Greg Trumm. Paul and Mark are brothers and Greg is their cousin.
Lightning is believed to be the cause of a house fire early Monday morning in Alexandria. Shortly after 4 a.m., the Alexandria Fire Department was called to the Gregory and Donna Cabana residence, 2714 Louise Drive NW. Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow said the lightning, from a thunderstorm that was just passing through the area, is believed to have struck the air conditioning unit on the house and started the fire.
It was a near perfect day Saturday for area prom-goers with the sun shining brightly and temperatures almost reaching 60 degrees. Prom was held at three Douglas County schools Saturday, including Alexandria, Brandon-Evansville and Osakis. Approximately 450 students attended "A Night in Paris" at the Alexandria Area High School prom. The grand march took place at the Performing Arts Center while the dance was at Carlos Creek Winery.
Toes were tapping and hands were clapping at last Thursday's second annual Dancing with the Alexandria Stars. The event, held April 26, paired community business partners with high school students in a dance competition to raise money for the Alexandria Area High School dance team and Community Education.
More than 800 dental hygiene products were donated to Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf last week. The items, including 137 tubes of toothpaste, 261 toothbrushes, 60 mouthwashes, 350 containers of floss and seven dental informational booklets, were collected at designated Alexandria businesses as part of America's ToothFairy Smile Drive fundraising campaign.