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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As a young boy, when Steven Hlinsky wrote his name on his schoolwork he never used his real name. Instead, his mother, Dorothy Hlinsky, said he would write the name that everyone knew him as, Beaver Hlinsky. As she sat on a chair in her grandson's living room at his farm just outside of Forada Wednesday, Dorothy Hlinsky looked across at the containers of baked goods that lined the counter in the kitchen and shared stories of her beloved son, Beaver. It was a task she never expected, nor wanted, to be doing.
Road construction season is already in full swing and several roads throughout Douglas County will soon be worked on. Central Specialities, Inc. of Alexandria was awarded three bids for several road projects throughout the county at Tuesday's Douglas County Board meeting. And in each case, the company came in under the engineer's estimate.
Search warrants requested by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for cell phone records in the assault case of 46-year-old Steven "Beaver' Hlinsky of Forada contain new details of the incident, including a timeline of what happened.
Karen Goodwin received an unusual Christmas gift in December 2012. Many people would not have viewed it as a gift at all. But she did. On that fateful Christmas Day more than five years ago, the 28-year-old was civilly committed to Prairie St. John's in Fargo, a psychiatric hospital that addresses mental health issues, substance use addiction and co-occurring disorders.
Nestled on a nearly 10.5-acre secluded lot, the new Lakeland Mental Health Center has opened its doors on a new 10,600-square-foot building. Lakeland Mental Health serves six counties, and began operating in Douglas County in July 2009. It was located in several spots before finding a permanent home at 702 34th Ave. E., in Alexandria. Prior to July 2009, Douglas County Hospital operated a mental health unit in Alexandria, according to Teresa Budke, Lakeland Mental Health administrative and marketing specialist.
If you have plans to camp at Chippewa Park this summer, Brad Bonk wants you to know the reservation system has changed. Bonk, Douglas County parks superintendent, said campsites can now only be booked via the park's online reservation system. "Campers used to just book on a first-come, first-served basis, but now sites can only be reserved online," said Bonk. In addition, he said the county has put in electricity at 12 of the campground's 14 sites.
A 59-year-old Villard woman was airlifted after her vehicle rolled over Friday night. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was called out at 8:56 p.m., May 11, for a rollover on County Road 4 and Childs Lake Road near Forada. Debra Marie Berger was found in the vehicle with head injuries, according to the sheriff's office. Lifelink III responded to the crash site and airlifted Berger to the St. Cloud Hospital.
When Jake Odland was in ninth grade, he had no idea what he wanted to do for a living. With Jefferson High School's annual career day fast-approaching, he decided to call Trish Conroy, a family friend who at that time was the director of the Douglas County Library. Career day came and went and after spending that time with Conroy, who has since retired, Odland had discovered what he wanted to do with his life.
From a combined pool of 30 applicants, a new superintendent and a new high school principal have been hired for the Brandon-Evansville School District. At a special meeting Monday, May 7, school board members approved the hiring of Don Peschel as the district's next superintendent and elementary principal, and Nate Meissner as the high school principal and athletic director. Peschel and Meissner will replace current superintendent Dean Yocum and high school principal Tom Trisko.
When driving to the Alexandria lakes area from the hubbub of the metro, something seemed to happen when Bill and Joyce Williams would reach the halfway point. "We didn't talk about work anymore," said Joyce of her conversations with her husband. "Going up to the lake was our refuge, our escape, our joy. It was our freedom."