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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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.
The latest play to be performed through Fire Pit Productions is expected to leave its audience questioning what they believe in and why, according to cast members and the director. Sandy Alvstad, who plays the role of Edith in "The Man from Earth," said the play made her go home and have conversations with her husband.
Salaries were set for all four elected county officials and county commissioners, with increases approved for the Douglas County attorney, sheriff and auditor/treasurer. The salary increases and one decrease were approved at a Douglas County Board budget meeting Tuesday afternoon for three of the four elected officials. The auditor/treasurer's salary was approved at an earlier budget meeting.
A hard, fast rain Sunday evening not only washed out the last few hours of the Douglas County Fair, it left some area businesses and homeowners with lots of water where it didn't belong. Among the casualties was the library at Alexandria Technical and Community College. With classes expected to start in another week, staff members were busy all day Monday cleaning up the mess left behind. "We will be fine. It will be just fine," said Tam Bukowski, the college's safety coordinator. "We're survivors here."
The Brandon-Evansville School District recently hired ICS Consulting to help with its facilities needs, and at Monday night's school board meeting an agreement with ICS was approved. The first phase of the agreement, at a cost of $5,000, includes:
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, August 14 Driving complaint, female driving with a revoked license, has been pulled over several times, vehicle unable to locate. Theft, items stolen from caller’s storage locker.
Tuesday's primary results came as a surprise for not only the challengers who prevailed in making it to the November ballot for Douglas County Board, but also the incumbents. "I knew I had a lot of good people behind me, supporting me, but I was surprised to be in the top," said Tim Kalina, a challenger for the commissioner seat in District 2. Kalina, along with the other challenger, Judy Backhaus, were the two top vote getters Tuesday, with Kalina drawing 38.7 percent of the vote and Backhaus 31.6 percent. They beat out incumbent Jim Stratton, who had 29.7 percent.
Kevin Beilke cringes every time he sees people riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Beilke, editor of Alexandria-based SnowTech magazine, knows first-hand that helmets, along with a myriad of other protective gear, can save a person's life. He firmly believes the safety gear he was wearing when riding his dual-sport motorcycle last month saved his life.