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 more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
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At a recent meeting of the Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition, the discussion turned to the high numbers of accidents on County Road 82. That same week a head-on collision occurred between two vehicles on County Road 82, between Brandon and Garfield, causing one driver to be extricated and flown by helicopter to a St. Cloud hospital, and the other to be taken by ambulance to Alomere Health. Another reminder was not needed, because in looking back on crash data over the past five years, one road in Douglas County stands out for being the most dangerous.
The Brandon-Evansville School District received an unmodified or "clean" audit from the CliftonLarsonAllen auditing firm at the Monday night school board meeting. This is the highest level of assurance they can receive, according to Mary Reedy, who presented the audit to the school board members. Reedy said everything was well-prepared and that the firm had no disagreements with management about matters that could be significant to the financial statements. "It was a good, clean audit," she said.
Douglas County commissioners received good news from the CliftonLarsonAllen auditing firm at Tuesday's regular county board meeting. The board received an unmodified or "clean" opinion based on the financial statements, which is the highest assurance they can receive. Doug Host, a representative with the auditing firm, presented the audit summary to the Douglas County Board. One of the highlights touched on by Host was that the county had no material audit adjustments.
On the sixth day of Marcia Siira's honeymoon, as the couple was driving down the highway at close to 70 miles per hour, her then-husband began brutally beating her, smashing her head — over and over again — against the window. She managed to eventually unbuckle her seat belt and crawl to the back hatch of the car. That's when he told her, "I don't care if you live or die." "That's not something you think you'd hear on your honeymoon. I didn't know what came over him," Siira said between sobs to the quiet church basement full of listeners.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, Oct. 17 Suspicious activity, caller was checking game camera and on Sept. 18, saw a vehicle come into the yard and a female look in the house, walked around the shed and looked in the windows, wanted it documented, Liberty Road NW. Fire, report of a lawnmower on fire, Maple Lane NE. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 14 NE, Highway 29 N.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, Oct. 16 Stolen vehicle, caller reported someone stole his vehicle, Brandon. Assist other agency, stopped vehicle for police officer who handled complaint of two young children, one in the front seat and one in the back, not buckled or in a car seat. Animal complaint, report of cows on the road, County Road 10 SE, County Road 3 SE, Osakis.
What started out three weeks ago as just two guys talking about what to do with leftover food from an event they hosted has turned into a community effort and a semi truck-full of donated items headed to the victims of Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. "It was truly nothing more than, 'What do you think?' three weeks ago," said Rick Jones. "And now we have a semi truck and a group of guys headed to help the victims. "This is an amazing town and reminds me of the Bible verse, 'Ask and you shall receive.'"
The results are in: the Brandon-Evansville School District has great teachers and staff, but the buildings are in need of repair and modernization. In addition, residents like the smaller class sizes found in the district, but there are some challenges when it comes to students and staff having to travel between two buildings, one in Evansville and one in Brandon.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Oct. 15 Assist other agency, trailer fire, 6th Avenue E. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 14 NE, County Road 3 NE, Miltona. Theft, caller reported two vehicles broken into, daughter’s purse was stolen, Red Fox Lane SE. Lost property, lost a dark blue snap on pontoon cover, Lake Mina.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Oct. 12 Animal complaint, caller reported neighbor’s dog came into her house through doggy door and scared her, ongoing program with dog always being out, talked with dog owner, advised him of township ordinance, he will make sure his dog stays in his yard. Theft, caller reported engagement ring was stolen out of her bathroom cupboard, Carlos.