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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DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, July 14 Property damage accident, Central Ave S, Brandon Minor crash. Public assist, pontoon flipped in the middle of the road, Rose Lane SW, Alex...
At last week's Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting, there were several preliminary plats and conditional use permits that were approved, along with a few other agenda items.
Dr. Hamid Abbasi is changing the standard of care when it comes to spinal fusion surgery. Abbasi is a neuro and spine surgeon at the Tristate Brain and Spine Institute in Alexandria. He's not only making a name for the center, he's also making Alexandria a global destination for breakthrough spinal procedures. At least that's on his agenda.
Who says an 11-year-old can't change the world? That's the question Kya Burkey's mother, Wendy Fletcher of rural Alexandria, asked family and friends after her daughter put together a Fourth of July parade all on her own. "She amazes me every single day," said Fletcher in her Facebook post the afternoon of the Fourth of July. "I can't believe the turnout."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, July 13 Public assist, comp went to get mail and noticed a gate was open to an area where customers were not supposed to go...
Reconstruction of County Road 17 (known as Gene’s Barn Road) near Nelson has begun. According to Douglas County Public Works, the asphalt surface between County Road 79 and South Lake Jessie Road will be ground up this week and then the earthwork will start next week. The portion of County Road 17 between South Lake Jessie Road and County Road 82 will begin after the first section is graded, according to Dave Robley, Public Works director.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, July 11 Telephone calls/harassment, comp reporting his ex-girlfriend continues to call/text him non-stop, informed comp of the HRO process and provided him with Someplace Safe...
More than 100 people showed up in support of local law enforcement at an impromptu prayer service that took place Saturday evening in Alexandria. The service took place on the lawn of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The community-led event, organized by law enforcement officers' wives, came to be after recent events in the Twin Cities and Dallas, Texas, areas. Several people spoke in support of all law enforcement agencies.
Alexandria School District 206 has a new policy in place for "release time." The purpose of the policy is to provide guidelines in accordance with the state for parents who wish to have their children receive religious instruction outside of the school. This includes students who leave school property to attend a religious class elsewhere, such as at the new NorthStar Christian Academy (NCA), which is set to open this fall. At the June 20 District 206 board meeting, school board members reviewed a release time request from NCA.
Last year was the first time Gloria Daker of Alexandria participated in the Douglas County Relay for Life event. She was on the committee for the event. This year, Daker is participating in a different capacity. She is this year's honorary caregiver. Daker's daughter, Jacqueline "Jac-e" Challes passed away from Leukemia on April 12, 2015 at the age of 41.