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 commissioners on Tuesday halted a disputed practice of allowing lakeshore owners to expand houses and other buildings as long as they replaced sidewalks or driveways with materials that better absorbed stormwater. The moratorium was approved during the commissioner's regular board meeting following a public hearing that no one from the public attended. In August, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sent a letter to county officials notifying them that the practice, which was approved in 2006, violated state shoreland rules.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, Sept. 19 Animal complaint, caller reported two large white dogs that chase people while they are out walking, caller’s family, along with others, are afraid to walk by, Osakis. Suspicious activity, caller reported getting a phone call from what sounded like a woman in distress saying help me, no further information.
Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Osakis was reopened around 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning after a semi rolled over. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the right lane near mile marker 108 is still blocked until the semi can be removed from the roadway. Reportedly, the semi was westbound on Interstate 94 when the driver, who has not yet been named, swerved to miss a group of deer standing on the roadway. The semi rolled over, blocking both lanes of traffic. The crash happened shortly before 2:30 a.m.
The newest production at Fire Pit Productions, "The Father: A Tragic Farce," is sensitive and sheds a different light on dementia, according to its director, Quincy Roers. The play takes an emotionally intense look at the world through the eyes of Andre, who is experiencing dementia, and the dramatic illustration of the physical losses that accompany the mental ones. Roers said the play, which was written by French playwright Florian Zeller, has won numerous awards and is well-regarded in its field.
Shortly after 3 a.m., the Minnesota State Patrol issued a news release stating motorists on Interstate 94 will encounter a temporary detour between exit 103 near Alexandria and exit 114 near Osakis dur to a semi rollover. The roadway is closed in the west bound direction and the detour route is I-94 to Hwy 27 and Douglas County Road 82. As of 5:30 a.m., the road was still closed. Once the crash is cleared, the road will reopen.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Sept. 14 Suspicious vehicle, caller reported suspicious vehicle parked, driver was waiting for boyfriend. Suspicious vehicle, car parked on side of road, Nelson. Animal complaint, caller reported injured fawn on side of road, Parkers Prairie. Animal complaint, four horses running north on road, Ashby.
Sgt. Keith Melrose with the Alexandria Police Department said people driving drunk to appointments unfortunately isn't anything new. Most recently, a woman is alleged to have driven while under the influence from Hancock to an Alexandria dental office, with her 3-year-old son in the vehicle. Hancock is about 40 miles from Alexandria. "It's not the first time a person has done this and it won't be the last time," Melrose said. He said the woman's son had an appointment and apparently "she didn't care that she was drunk," that she just wanted to get there no matter what.
Enrollment is up once again in the Brandon-Evansville School District. At this time last year, there were 465 students and this year, there are 474. That's an increase of nine students in one year, and 17 students from the start of the 2016-17 school year, which had 457 students.
The 2018 Brandon-Evansville Homecoming king and queen were crowned Monday, Sept. 17, at the high school in Brandon. This year’s king and queen are Christopherson Vinson and Sara Jacobson. The candidates for this year's king included Vinson, along with Elijah Anderson and Kenneth Shores, and the queen candidates were Jacobson, along with Madison Quinn and Megan Lauthen.
Saturday's heat and humidity didn't stop people from attending the annual Grape Stomp festival at Carlos Creek Winery on Saturday. Festivities continue today, Sunday, Sept. 16 until 4 p.m. Here's the schedule of events: Grape Stomp Tent 11 a.m. to 3:30p.m. - Grape Stomp preliminary competitions 11:20 a.m. - Kid's stomping 12:20 p.m. - Trash Your Toga stomp heat 3:30 p.m. - Best costume awards 3:30 p.m. - Grape Stomp championships 3:45 p.m. - Carlos Creek Winery staff stomping Wine Patio