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. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.
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Construction is set to begin on County Road 46 (McKay Ave.) this Monday, Aug. 13. The construction will take place between County Road 82 and Highway 29, past Discovery Middle School, according to a news release from Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley. He said the contractor will be milling the existing surface on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 13-14, with repaving of the road set to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels had thought last year's "Community Night Out" was the best ever, but said all that changed Tuesday night. "It was the biggest crowd and the best one yet," the chief said. He estimated attendance at Alexandria City Park at between 1,000 and 1,200 people, dubbing the event a "big community picnic."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, August 8 Property damage crash, caller reported hitting a deer, minor crash report, County Road 22 NW. Drug related activity, caller reported receiving an email about an employee trying to sell heroin, would like to speak to a deputy. Harassment, caller reported getting several strange phone calls, Carlos.
The Andria Theatre will host auditions for its fall musical — "The Wizard of Oz" — next week. Auditions for youth and adults will take place Monday, Aug. 13, and Tuesday, Aug. 14. Youth from ages 9-18 can audition from 6-7:30 p.m. and adult auditions are set for 7:30-9 p.m.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, August 6 Drunk, caller reported that he took in a female who was intoxicated, she got mad and left in his vehicle, had a bottle of whiskey with her, left purse and ID at his house, want deputies to be aware, does not want her back at his house. Suspicious vehicle, caller reported a vehicle on road with passenger side door open, area was checked, vehicle not located, Parkers Prairie.
During high school, Dawn Dailey worked at the Douglas County Library, which at the time was in the Carnegie building on 7th Avenue West in Alexandria. Fast forward a few years and Dailey is now in charge of the Douglas County Library. She expected to be formally introduced to the county board as the new library director Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Young kids on up the older adults enjoyed a night at Alexandria's City Park Tuesday for the annual "Community Night Out." The Alexandria Police Department, in collaboration with the City of Alexandria, hosted the annual event, “Growing Stronger by Building Strong Community Partnerships,” Aug. 7. The free event, which drew one of its largest crowds to date, included free hot dogs, chips, frozen custard, demonstrations, prizes, an inflatable “Fire Hopper,” kids' games and more.
When it came time for items from the floor at Tuesday's Douglas County Board meeting, Joe Zunker took center stage and addressed the commissioners. Zunker, a 28-year employee of Douglas County Public Works in the survey division and a E-911 coordinator for the county, spoke on behalf of the Douglas County Public Works council, reading a letter to the county commissioners regarding health insurance, work schedules and other issues. Insurance issues
A few hot-button topics, including employee morale, Alomere Health, lake quality and more, were discussed by the six county commissioner candidates who are vying for two seats on the Douglas County Board at a public forum Monday night. District 2 commissioner candidates include Judy Backhaus, Tim Kalina and Jim Stratton while the District 4 candidates are Charlie Meyer, Beth Teeuwen and Michael Woods.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, August 3 Suspicious activity, caller thinks someone maybe walking around her yard, neighbor dog doesn’t bark unless someone is around, dog has been barking for the last 40 minutes, Garfield. Animal complaint, fawn on side of road, has been hit but is alive, Carlos.