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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A wood stove in a garage is the probable cause of a house fire Monday in southeast Alexandria. The Alexandria Fire Department was called to a residence at 3505 Maple Drive Southeast shortly before noon Monday, Feb. 12. The homeowners, Douglas and Camille Norris, were not home at the time of the fire. However, their two sons, along with a friend, and dogs were home, but were able to get out of the house, according to the Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow.
A 27-year-old man from Ireland was injured in a snowmobile crash on Lake Miltona on Friday afternoon. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Aidan Mchugh was reportedly unconscious and about 300 feet from shore near the area of Krohnfeldt Drive, off of County Road 5. Mchugh was flown by LifeLink III to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries . The crash was reported at 2:49 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2. Responding units included the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Miltona First Responders, North Ambulance and LifeLink III.
When Kreg Anderson was growing up near Lincoln Elementary School, the Alexandria Municipal Airport was basically in his backyard. Hearing and seeing airplanes is what he said he believes fueled his passion for aviation. When he was bored, Anderson, a 2013 Alexandria Jefferson High School graduate, said he would ride his bike, no matter the weather, to the airport just to hang out. At 15, he began taking flying lessons and the day after he turned 16, not only got his driver's license, but flew his first solo flight the same day .
Douglas County property owners appear hopeful that a new tax law regarding prepaying property taxes will benefit them when paying their 2017 taxes. At the end of last year, the Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer office received $3.7 million in prepaid taxes, a huge jump compared to the previous year's $40,000.
If people attending the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Monday night remembered one thing from Del Mari Runck's speech, she asked them to remember this, "We are all stronger together when we support each other."
The Echo Press was honored with 14 awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's "Better Newspaper Contest." Echo Press staff picked up the awards and attended seminars at the annual convention in Bloomington on Jan. 25-26. Newspapers from across the state entered the contest, submitting their best work in advertising, writing, Internet, photography and several other categories. The Echo Press received six first-place awards, two second place and six third place. First place (with judges' comments if any were provided):
In June 1978, Jackie Notch was only 11 years old. She doesn't remember much about the day a Douglas County sheriff's deputy was shot and killed in the line of duty. But as she grew older, she learned a little bit about 23-year-old Curt Felt through her brother and sister who were friends with the fallen officer's two brothers. She learned even more about the deputy when 10 years after the shooting, Notch herself became a Douglas County deputy.
On June 29, 1978, Deputy Curt Felt was called in from road duty to transport a prisoner to the jail in Fergus Falls as Douglas County was in the process of building a new jail. According to a page within the Douglas County Sheriff's Office website — "In Memory - the Curt Felt Story" — here's what happened:
A tentative date of Wednesday, Feb. 7, has been set for the facility committee meetings for the Brandon-Evansville School District. "We are still working on the time and agendas," Superintendent Dean Yocum said Wednesday. The tentative date for the committee meetings was decided at the regular school board meeting Monday, Jan. 22. Yocum said there are between 15 and 30 community members signed up for each of the three committees:
Douglas County will once again be running its watercraft inspection program to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species and it needs you. The county is looking to hire 20 watercraft inspectors for the 2018 summer boating season. Douglas County Land and Resource Management Director Dave Rush received approval from the Douglas County commissioners at their regular meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 16, to advertise for the hiring of the Level I and Level II inspectors.