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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Over the course of the last 10 years, there has been a drastic rise in mental health-related issues. Law enforcement officers have seen a rise in the number of cases they deal with that are mental health-related and the number of cases processed at the county attorney's office also has gone up. This is alarming to Scott Kent, captain of the Alexandria Police Department and Chad Larson, Douglas County attorney. In the second of a three-part series, the Echo Press takes a look at the challenges of law enforcement and the county attorney's office.
Parents of young children want options when it comes to preschool. According to Lynn Jenc, Community Education director for Alexandria School District 206, they also want quality education that is affordable. A structured curriculum is also important, along with up-to-date technology and personalization. "Parents really want it all," said Jenc. "And we do our best to provide what we can."
The $1 million Kensington Rune Stone Park Visitor Center could be open by this time next year. Brad Bonk, Douglas County park superintendent, said the hope is to break ground next spring and have the visitor center open by late summer, early fall. He added, though, that it would all depend on the construction schedule once the project goes to bid.
When it comes to mental health, the obstacles mental health patients face are endless. There are several different entities that can become involved, including the Douglas County Hospital, Lakeland Mental Health and Alexandria's Community Behavioral Health Hospital. In the first of a three-part series, the Echo Press takes a look at the challenges these three entities face when trying to help patients who are dealing with mental health issues. DOUGLAS COUNTY HOSPITAL
"It felt like it was sitting on top of my roof," said Sarah Townsend of the North Memorial medical helicopter that crashed in her yard early Saturday morning. "I heard a huge noise, like spinning blades and then an extremely loud thud. It seemed to dissipate, then it came back louder. " Townsend, who was home with her husband, Fred Townsend, an internal medicine doctor at Sanford Broadway Medical Center, was sitting reading between 1:30 and 2 a.m.
Within 18 minutes, a 60-year-old male patient, who went to the emergency room with chest pain, undergoes tests, gets blood drawn, is diagnosed, given medications, is stabilized and then is prepped for transport to another facility. He is going to be just fine.
There have been numerous efforts in support of local law enforcement and emergency management services over the years, but two Alexandria businessmen will soon be rolling out their idea as a community project that they hope will last for years and years. "We Got Your Back," the brainchild of Gordie Billmark and Craig McMillan, began as an idea three months ago while the two were sitting down having coffee.
A one-vehicle rollover along Interstate 94 Wednesday morning sent an 18-year-old to the Douglas County Hospital. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Sage Spates, 18, of Alexandria, was driving east on Interstate 94 when he drifted to the left median, overcorrected back to the right and then rolled several times into the right ditch. Spates, who was wearing a seatbelt, was driving a 1994 Honda Civic, according to the state patrol report. He was transported via North Ambulance, to Douglas County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A one-vehicle rollover along Interstate 94 Wednesday morning sent an 18-year-old to the Douglas County Hospital. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Sage Spates, 18, of Alexandria, was driving east on Interstate 94 when he drifted to the left median, overcorrected back to the right and then rolled several times into the right ditch. Spates, who was wearing a seat belt, was driving a 1994 Honda Civic, according to the state patrol report.