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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More than 100 people showed up in support of local law enforcement at an impromptu prayer service that took place Saturday evening in Alexandria. The service took place on the lawn of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The community-led event, organized by law enforcement officers' wives, came to be after recent events in the Twin Cities and Dallas, Texas, areas. Several people spoke in support of all law enforcement agencies.
Last year was the first time Gloria Daker of Alexandria participated in the Douglas County Relay for Life event. She was on the committee for the event. This year, Daker is participating in a different capacity. She is this year's honorary caregiver. Daker's daughter, Jacqueline "Jac-e" Challes passed away from Leukemia on April 12, 2015 at the age of 41.
Without much discussion at Tuesday's Douglas County board meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to keep Douglas County Hospital (DCH) as a county-owned hospital instead of changing it over to a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The vote was more a formality, as the "real" vote took place at the June 23 DCH board meeting. The hospital board, which includes all five Douglas County commissioners, voted on the issue following a closed session. The vote at the hospital board meeting was also a unanimous one, according to Douglas County Hospital CEO Carl Vaagenes.
Alexandria School District 206 has a new policy in place for "release time." The purpose of the policy is to provide guidelines in accordance with the state for parents who wish to have their children receive religious instruction outside of the school. This includes students who leave school property to attend a religious class elsewhere, such as at the new NorthStar Christian Academy (NCA), which is set to open this fall. At the June 20 District 206 board meeting, school board members reviewed a release time request from NCA.
As of early last week, there were 42 teams with 464 participants who have raised nearly $110,000 for this year's Relay for Life of Douglas County. Among those participating are three survivor honorees — Missy Hanson, Jeremy Schneider and R.C. Christensen, and one caregiver honoree, Gloria Daker. Daker's story will be featured in Friday's Echo Press.
At last week's Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting, Dave Robley asked for the approval of the design and construction of another roundabout in Alexandria. The roundabout, according to Robley, public works director, will be placed at the intersection of County Roads 23 and 46 — or Hazel Hill Road and South McKay Avenue, southeast of Alexandria. In addition, after discussions on the number of accidents lately on County Roads 8 and 40 northwest of Alexandria, the board talked about the addition of a roundabout at that intersection, as well.
Concerns over the safety of children is what started it all. Rotary Beach in Alexandria, although not an official designated swimming beach, now has signs posted as to where incoming boats should "park." The beach is on Lake L'Homme Dieu, where County Road 42 goes between Lakes Carlos and L'Homme Dieu. Two signs were placed within a 75-foot area on the beach designating the area as a boat-free zone. In addition to the signs, there are buoys marking off an area in the water for boaters to steer clear of those in the water.
A small rain shower that quickly blew through the area Saturday afternoon didn't stop those attending this year's annual Awake the Lakes RibFest. An estimated 2,000 people attended the event, which not only included hundreds of ribs, but also corn on the cob, a beer garden, music, fire department water fights, fireworks and much more. Scott Teaser, an Awake the Lakes Board member, said, "We had a great turnout this year. We are thrilled!" He noted it is really hard to tell exactly how many people showed up for the event, but his guesstimate of 2,000 is pretty close.
After more than a year, Tom Anderson says he finally knows where to go for answers. Anderson, of Alexandria, serves on the 12-member Board of Regents for the University of Minnesota. He was elected to the board in March of 2015. "I'm still learning," he said in an interview with the Echo Press last Monday. "There is a lot to learn and a lot of different departments — education, athletics, research, the medical school. But now, after a year, I finally know where to go and that's kind of neat."