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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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.
The Alexandria Police Department, in collaboration with the City of Alexandria, is gearing up for another "Community Night Out" event. The annual event, "Growing Stronger by Building Strong Community Partnerships," will take place Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at Alexandria's City Park, 118 City Park Road. The police department and the city will join thousands of communities nationwide in a celebration against crimes and drugs called the "35th Annual National Night Out."
The streets were full during the annual Brandon Summerfest parade Saturday afternoon. Kids of all ages were getting their fair share of candy and other trinkets that were thrown by the numerous floats. The weather held out during the parade with the sun coming out later in the afternoon. There is more fun to be had in Brandon; here’s a look at the rest of the weekend’s activities: Saturday, Aug. 4
The weather held out for the annual Forada Days parade Saturday with the sun peeking out from time to time after the parade was done and the other activities, such as bingo, kid’s games and more, were just starting. There is more fun to be had in Forada the rest of today, Saturday, Aug. 4, as well as tomorrow, Sunday, Aug. 5. Here’s a look at the rest of the weekend’s activities: Saturday, Aug. 4
As word of Ken Ryan's death spread throughout the community, those whose lives he touched were saddened and grief stricken. Ryan, 64, of Alexandria, died in a plane crash Saturday, July 28, west of Alexandria near Lake Latoka. When Kristen Peterson heard the news, she knew there was something she needed to do. Peterson, the director of Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool in Alexandria, sent out a letter to families who currently have or have had children attend the preschool letting them know about the cape she would be making for Ryan for her preschool kids to sign.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, July 31 Suspicious activity, caller reported doorbell, but no one around, it rang again shortly after, no one around again, Basswood Drive. Burglary, caller reported someone came into her home and stole some items, Miltona.
What started out as a part-time job quickly developed into a full-time position that was more than Bruce Olson ever could have imagined. Olson, who is soon retiring as the Legacy of the Lakes Museum executive director, said the years spent working for the museum were some of the best, but he believes now is the right time for him to retire. His last full day was July 31, but he will continue part-time through October.
We Got Your Back, a local support group for law enforcement and emergency personnel, is hosting a golf tournament fundraiser for the family of Steven "Beaver" Hlinsky. Hlinsky, a Forada firefighter and first responder for 28 years, died May 13, eight days after an assault in Forada.