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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Tot and Tater. Cheese and Mac. Marshmallow and Yam. Biscuits and Gravy. Besides all being food items, what do these pairs of words have in common? Hint: It has something to do with Thanksgiving but nothing to do with the meal that is traditionally served. The pairs of words, instead, are the official and alternate names that have been bestowed upon the national Thanksgiving turkey pardoned by the president of the United States in previous years. This year's names have yet to be chosen, but the turkeys have.
For the past four years, lung cancer survivor Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach has been sharing her message — if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. It's that plain and simple, she says. And not only has the Osakis resident tried to spread that message across the United States, she recently traveled to Germany where she took part in a global patient panel with the pharmaceutical company Boeringer Ingelheim.
A staple in the Miltona community — Miltona Grocery — will be shutting its doors next month and although community members are sad, they are understanding. The store, owned and operated by Bob Guetter for the past 25 years, will be closing Saturday, Dec. 9. "I can see his point," said regular customer Reiny Luedeke. "But it's a bad deal for the town." You will find Luedeke at Miltona Grocery often as he is a member of one of two coffee clubs that meet at the store six days a week.
Wearing tan pants and a dark colored sweatshirt with shackles on his hands and feet, a teary-eyed Julio Estrada Escobar admitted that he's made mistakes but he wants a different life for his children. "They need to be raised and taught good moral values," Escobar said, glancing a look at his two children, Julio, 13, and Candis, 11. "I want to teach them to be good."
A piece of Brandon's history — an iconic building situated in the heart of the city — needs the community's help. The Brandon Auditorium, which houses not only the Brandon History Center, but serves as the hub for numerous community events, needs work. The kitchen, with its original sink, needs a major update and the cracked and bubbled walls of the gymnasium need to be fixed. To help with the estimated $40,000 cost of the project, the Brandon History Center will host a fundraiser next week.
Pro-Ag Farmers Cooperative is following suit of other cooperatives in the state by offering health insurance to its members. So far, the response from members have been very positive, according to Mark Jaskowiak, the general manager of Pro-Ag. "Last year, a lot of our members had a difficult time finding insurance and hopefully this will help," Jaskowiak said. "This gives our members another option for health insurance."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, November 7 Suspicious vehicle, comp saw headlights in window, lives on a dead end road and concerned since there is not much traffic, Alex. Suspicious vehicle, vehicle has been driving around the park the last two mornings, Alex.
Radio announcer Joe Korkowski would love to tell you about his baseball vacation. Unfortunately, it will be a few weeks before he can really talk. That's because he broke his jaw while warming up before the first game of the Roy Hobbs World Series amateur tournament in Fort Myers, Florida. Despite the horrific injury, Korkowski went ahead and played anyway. "I had been waiting to play down there for so long, I didn't want to give up before I even got to start, so I played the whole game," Korkowski replied in an email as his jaw is currently wired shut.
Last fall, Chris Kragenbring, an Alexandria teacher, spoke at a funeral of a student who had committed suicide. The student was in the REACH program she teaches at the Alexandria Area High School. The program gets its name from helping students become the best they can be through Relationships, Education, Accountability, Character and Hard work.
Douglas County Auditor/Treasure Char Rosenow reminds owners of land classified as agriculture and manufactured homes that second half real estate tax payments are due on or before Wednesday, Nov. 15. Payments may be made in person until 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15. If mailing your tax payment, envelopes must be postmarked no later than Nov. 15 to avoid penalty.