Celeste Edenloff, a reporter for the Echo Press, has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from May of 1999 to February 2011, and is happy to be back and once again sharing the stories of the people in this community. Besides being a reporter, Celeste is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching bootcamp classes through Snap Fitness. She also enjoys running and has participated in more than 170 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
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At a young age, Kevin Setterstrom knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. The 2013 Alexandria graduate looked up to his dad, David Setterstrom, an electrical engineer at Brenton Engineering and was also enamored by all the "Iron Man" movies and their gadgets. Watching his dad and watching those movies is what drove his interest in engineering, computer science and artificial intelligence, and what led him to know early on that he wanted to become an engineer.
A five-vehicle crash Tuesday evening on Highway 29 North looked serious, but did not result in any reported injuries. The crash, at the intersection of Carneva Acres Northeast, was reported shortly before 5:30 p.m., Dec. 26. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, one vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle, then got struck by another vehicle. Then, at the same location, a pickup rear-ended another pick-up that was stopped for the first crash. No injuries were reported. No further information was available from the State Patrol.
Greta Lundquist still has a couple of years before she can legally drive, but the ninth-grader from Benson is already learning how to fly. Lundquist, 14, is the only active cadet member of the Civil Air Patrol unit in Alexandria, and last month, she completed her first orientation flight, co-piloting a trip from Alexandria to Benson and back again. "I really liked it," said Lundquist, who has been a cadet with the Alexandria Composite Squadron for about four months. "I thought I would be more nervous, but I wasn't once I got up there."
The Civil Air Patrol is an aviation-oriented volunteer organization that is a federally chartered auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. It has three primary missions: • Emergency services — search and rescue, disaster relief, counter narcotics and civil defense to name a few. • Aerospace education — this keeps the membership and public informed on vital aerospace issues. • Cadet program — this is designed to build character and inspire youth leadership through an interest in aviation.
Brad Bonk, Douglas County parks superintendent, has a new title to add behind his name. Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Bonk as a member of the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission that helps fund park projects in Douglas and other western Minnesota counties.
Sitting in his mother's vehicle, Josh Molden stared at what was in his hands for a few minutes. He felt a little uneasy about what he was about to do — especially because his mom was right beside him. But, he knew it needed to be done. The 18-year-old leukemia patient from Alexandria was about to "take a hit" of medical marijuana vapor. "Well, give it a shot," Pam Molden told her son. He inhaled and then coughed it out. It did nothing. "Take it like you take your asthma medicine," she told Josh.
The mayor of Evansville has resigned over frustrations with the city clerk, among several other issues. Terry Aasness resigned at the Evansville City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 11. City Council member Chuck Steffenson declined an interview, but was willing to go on record to state that the council accepted the mayor's resignation with a vote of 3 to 1. He said he was the only one who voted not to accept the resignation.
Douglas County commissioners agreed with the Douglas County Planning Advisory Commission's recommendation that an environmental impact statement is not necessary for the potential gravel pit near Forada. The commissioners made that decision at Tuesday's regular board meeting.
Judging for the Echo Press's Light up the Night Christmas lights contest was tough again this year as there were plenty of beautiful displays. As in the past, all Douglas County residents and businesses were eligible to win, except for last year's winners. This year's judges, Echo Press employees Michelle Weller and Kathy McGinn, said they were blown away by the entries in the Echo Press's fourth annual Christmas lights contest.
If you've watched the Jingle Bells Telethon the past seven or eight years, you've probably heard of "Ya-Ya Kenny" and have seen him play his rhythm bones or his accordion. And if you watched it this year hoping to see him perform again, he's hoping you weren't too disappointed as he was unable to perform at this year's annual event.