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. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
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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.
A 20-year-old Alexandria man was injured following a motorcycle crash Tuesday, July 31, in Alexandria. Alexander Wayne Olson was transported to Alomere Health following the crash that occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. on Arrowwood Drive NW near Sunny Brook Drive. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office: When authorities first received the 911 call, it was reported that Olson crashed into a pole and was unconscious.
The Student Theatre Project is presenting "Singin' in the Rain Jr." over the next two weeks at the Andria Theatre in downtown Alexandria. The show opens Thursday, Aug. 2 and runs Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 2-4 and 9-11. All performances start at 7 p.m. Director David Christman says the show follows pretty closely to the original show, which was set in 1927, at the turn from silent movies to talking films. He noted that some songs have been taken out of the abbreviated "junior" version of the show, which runs about an hour and a half.
Bill Thoennes was on his way to visit to his daughter in Forada Friday evening when a call came across his pager of an airplane that crash landed in Lake Winona. Because he was close to the area, Thoennes, a battalion chief for the Alexandria Fire Department, decided to head right to the scene instead of going to the fire department. "I had a 50-50 shot if he was my side of the lake," Thoennes said.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, July 27 Theft, comp’s debit card was recovered during an arrest of person, comp found a fraudulent purchase on her card, Garfield. Suspicious vehicle, comp states his child was outside with the dog when a vehicle drove by really slow, a person in the vehicle was video recording with a camera/phone, Carlos. Suspicious person, comp received a disturbing letter from a tenant.
A 52-year-old Alexandria woman was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital following a one-vehicle crash early Monday morning in Holmes City Township. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Lynnelle Lemontagne was driving her 2007 Pontiac G5 westbound on Highway 27 at the intersection of Rose Lane Southwest near Mill Lake, near the public boat access, when she veered off the road. The report said Lemontagne's vehicle drove into the ditch before hitting a driveway approach, which then launched it into the air. Upon landing, the vehicle rolled.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, July 26 Driving complaint, caller reported driver couldn’t maintain in the lane and was driving 40-45 mph, Brandon. Criminal damage to property, caller reported a few cars were vandalized by holes drilled into gas tanks and gas stolen. Property damage crash, caller reported he believes he hit a mailbox, Miltona.
Friendships. I have had plenty in my nearly 46 years on this planet. But there are two I treasure the most. And after interviewing a group of guys who have been getting together every year for the past 40 years for a story in today's paper, it made me realize even more how important those two friendships are.