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, Oct. 2 Motorist assist, vehicle had already been red tagged. Lost animal, caller reports her horses were chased through the fence, missing a mini horse with red halter, County Road 35 NW. Motorist assist, assisted driver with directors for detour, Carlos.
Alexandria is not necessarily a prime region for growing apples commercially. It sits in Northern Zone 4, a zone with a short growing season, says Troy Heald of Country Blossom Farm. Apples can be grown in Zone 3, which is in the northern third of the state, but very few varieties are rated for that zone, he said. All of which means that anyone who tries to make a go out of an apple orchard here had better be all in on the venture.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Oct. 1 Theft, caller reported theft from work trailers, locks were cut on two enclosed trailers, Bird Lake Road NE, County Road 3 NE, Osakis. Suspicious activity, caller reporting some man has been exposing himself in front of her house, has happened more than once, Kensington. Driving complaint, vehicle all over the road.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Sept. 28 Assist other agency, report of fight in parking lot with approximately six people, bat involved, Highway 29 N. Assist other agency, report of semi that missed turned to rest area, now in ditch, Glenn’s Towing on its way. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 9 NE, Crooked Lake Road NE, Nelson.
Students perceive their peers tend to use alcohol at a much higher rate than they actually do. This finding came from a Minnesota Student Survey of students in grades 7-12, according to the coordinator of Healthy Voices Healthy Choices, Katie Strickler of Horizon Public Health.
A head-on crash on County Road 82 between Garfield and Brandon Friday afternoon sent both drivers to the hospital. At approximately 3 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of the crash, which was near the intersection of County Road 82 and County Road 56 (Hermanson Road). One of the drivers was extricated and then airlifted by LifeLink III at the scene, while the other driver was transported by North Ambulance to Alomere Health.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, Sept. 27 Suspicious person, report of person carrying a suitcase or backpack walking on road, deputy gave person ride to Alexandria. Suspicious person, report of male laying on the side of the road, man was taking a nap on his way home from the bar.
The start of Andria Theatre's 2018-2019 season is just around the corner. The first of five shows opens the second week of October, with the last show hitting the stage in early April. Although David Christman, the theater's artistic director, makes the final decision on which shows make up each season, he considers several factors when making those choices. Those factors are: patron suggestions; results of surveys completed by audience and cast members; input from directors; and knowing the pulse of the community as in what sells well.
A change of venue has been requested for the two men charged in the beating and death of Steven “Beaver” Hlinsky of Forada. In a contested omnibus hearing Friday, Sept. 28, attorney Todd Peterson asked Judge Timothy Churchwell for a change of venue for Jacob Elmo Larson, 33, of Kensington. A written request was submitted July 10.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, Sept. 25 Suspicious activity, caller reported seeing a silver box with a red light flashing and a loud alarm sounding. Motorist assist, vehicle ran over large piece of metal, driver couldn’t figure out what all the noise was under the car, removed large piece of metal, driver on her way. Animal complaint, caller reported two dogs running after people, growling, Carlos.