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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Dean Yocum is going back to where his education career started. Yocum, the superintendent for the Brandon-Evansville School District since July 2016, was offered and has accepted the superintendent's position with the Parkers Prairie School District. His resignation was approved by members of the Brandon-Evansville School Board at its regular meeting Monday night.
The Osakis Early Childhood Family Education is hosting an “Early Childhood Dance” on Monday, March 19. The dance, which is open to students 5 years of age and younger, along with their families, will take place in the Early Childhood hallway at the Osakis Public School. DJ Sabrina will provide the music for the dance, which will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Township elections usually don't draw many voters, but a couple of townships — LaGrand and Lake Mary — saw about 400 voters combined. More than 200 voters turned out in LaGrand Township, which saw three people vying for one supervisor position. Ben Johnson garnered the most votes and beat out his two components, Corliss Stark and Craig Hamilton. In Lake Mary, there was a contested race for the clerk spot and newcomer Susan Hanson beat out incumbent Nichole Boyden. Here's a look at the rest of the results: Alexandria
As a young child, Kole Nelson would dance any chance he got, whether it was down the street or along the sidewalk or even in the aisles of a store. "He has always enjoyed dancing, singing and playing music," said the 24-year-old's mom, Mary. "He has always liked performing, too. He pursued a dance career on his own and his hard work has surely paid off."
Thanks to an observant firefighter, a fire at Hart Travel bus company in Parkers Prairie was quickly contained. The firefighter was working on a vehicle nearby and saw smoke billowing from the roof of the large metal building nearby. Within minutes, the Parkers Prairie Fire Department was on scene, according to Georgia Hart, who owns the bus company with her husband, Ernie, and son, Ricky. Shortly after the fire department was called out, which was about 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, the Miltona Fire Department was called in to help.
When Ben Jarvi entered the Rudy Zwieg Decoy and Sporting Collectible Show last year, he was in line for the top prize for one of his wood carvings. But, according to Barb Lundeen, one of the show's six organizers, Jarvi was disqualified at first. When Jarvi entered his wood carving in the contest, he thought it was for a wall hanging display. It wasn't. It was for a table display.
Township elections are today. Two of the 20 townships – Brandon and Miltona – hold elections in November on even years, while the rest will take place next Tuesday, March 13. Here’s a look at which positions are open and who is running.
Grocery shopping at Elden's Fresh Foods was a little chaotic Tuesday morning for at least 10 frantic cart-fillers. Five two-person teams took to the aisles of the Alexandria grocery store during the second annual Grocery Grab shopping spree, which benefited the Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf. Neighborhood National Bank, which partnered with Elden's Fresh Foods, sponsored the event March 13 in honor of Food Shelf Awareness Month.
As she watched the Feb. 5 episode of "Man With a Plan," "Adam's Turtle-y Awesome Valentine's Day," Del Mari Runck watched in anticipation until she saw, "Written by Jessica Runck" flash on the television screen. And as any proud parent would, Del Mari posted a screenshot to her Facebook page, exclaiming, "Woot, woot! It happened. So very proud of what Jessica has accomplished!" Jessica Runck said when she finally saw her name on the television screen, she was thrilled.
Everyone in attendance at the Vikingland Curling Club Runestone Spiel Saturday afternoon got quite the surprise. John Landsteiner, an Olympic gold medalist in curling, along with his wife, Kelsey, stopped by the Runestone Community Center for the Runestone Spiel. Landsteiner, along with his curling teammates, skip John Shuster, Tyler George and Matt Hamilton, won the gold for the first time at this year's Olympics, defeating Sweden 10-7 in South Korea.