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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As Julio Estrada Escobar sits in custody awaiting a ruling of his immigration status, there are more than 6,000 other immigration cases pending in Minnesota in the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the court system for illegal immigrants. Jason Nielson, a partner at Igbanugo Partners, an international law firm in the Twin Cities and Escobar's lawyer, provided the data that he obtained from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a data research and distribution organization at Syracuse University.
Do you know the difference between a green card, which is officially known as a Permanent Resident Card, and a visa? How does marriage affect immigration? Sharon Rummery, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office and the Immigration Services provided some answers: Green card or visa While both a green card and a visa allow people to live and stay in the U.S., they are in fact, quite different. A green card allows people to live and work permanently in the United States, while a visa is more temporary.
Julio Estrada Escobar, a farm worker in Evansville who fled — illegally — from Guatemala to the United States, will remain in custody while federal officials determine his immigration status. After a review of his case Saturday, Escobar's wife, Nancy, was informed Monday morning that he will remain in jail until his next court appearance. The family's attorney had argued that Julio Escobar is a hard-working father and was not a flight risk and should be released while his immigration case is pending.
Poor quality water is flowing into Lake Ida and Douglas County authorities want to find out why. The county is looking at conducting a study to identify the source of the problem.
Julio Estrada Escobar was born and raised in Guatemala. But in 2001, at the age of 18, he fled to the United States — illegally — to find work. He needed money to pay for the loans his family took out when his mother fell deathly ill and medical bills were beginning to pile up. Julio left behind his parents, three younger siblings and many more close family members. Today, Julio sits in the Carver County Jail in Chaska waiting to find out if he is being deported back to Guatemala.
The state's new buffer law was championed by the governor's office, but it will be up to local authorities to enforce it. Representatives from Douglas County Land and Resource Management have been working cooperatively with other local and state authorities on a countywide buffer ordinance that would comply with the state's law. The nine-page document, which spells out the Agricultural Riparian Buffer Ordinance, was presented to the board of commissioners at its regular meeting Tuesday morning.
Douglas County is considering a new device that could limit the amount of time spent in line during an election. County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow said the new electronic device, the Poll Pad by KnowInk, is a well-thought out product that could also save taxpayer dollars and possibly reduce the number of election judges. Rosenow, along with Timothy Vlach, KnowInk sales manager, presented information to the Douglas County commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday morning.
Nancy Estrada was on the phone talking to her husband, Julio Estrada Escobar, when he told her, "I just got pulled over. This is it." Julio and Nancy have lived in Evansville since 2013. But Julio doesn't have a Minnesota driver's license and is not a U.S. citizen. Today, Julio sits in the Carver County Jail in Chaska waiting to find out if he is being deported back to his home country of Guatemala.
“I felt trapped by my wedding vows,” Gail Kulp told the group of domestic violence awareness walkers. “I remember hearing the phrase, ‘You made your bed, now you have to live in it.’” Kulp, of Alexandria, was the guest speaker at Someplace Safe’s 11th annual Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence Walk on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
In his update to the school board members at Monday night's regular board meeting, Brandon-Evansville Superintendent Dean Yocum listed several items within the district that either need repairs or updates. The list comes on the heels of a failed referendum vote that would have built a new K-12 school and it comes with a hefty price tag that totals more than $100,000. Here's a look at a few of the items: • Intercom system (it doesn't work properly): estimated at roughly $15,000. • Water heater (one of the heaters sprung a leak): estimated at roughly $8,000.