Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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It's not polite to show up unannounced. Unless you're a sanitarian. A routine policy revision to the department of public health's licensing and inspection and enforcement policies spurred some debate at Tuesday's Douglas County board meeting. Commissioner Charlie Meyer, owner of Fat Daddy's Bar and Grill, suggested that the county's licensed sanitarians make more of an effort to speak with an owner or the manager on duty (MOD) when popping in for a visit.
APD 2012 STATS In addition to 34 fugitives being arrested on warrants in recent months, the APD's 21 licensed police officers also provided the following in 2012: 13,815 Calls for service 2,747 Traffic stops 910 Misdemeanor arrests 681 Traffic accidents 189 Domestic violence calls 136 Theft charges 114 Felony arrests 71 DUI arrests 64 Gross misdemeanor arrests 13 Forfeited vehicles Information provided by the APD's redesigned website, www.alexandriapolice.com .
Blue Smoke BBQ in Alexandria is waiting for the green light to rebuild. A fire in the kitchen quickly spread through the building at 403 3rd Avenue East on August 2 just before 3 a.m. Extensive smoke and water damage forced the owners to board up the building and close the business — temporarily. Until the particulars of when the Galbraiths can rebuild are settled, the business is soliciting advice from the community. "We want to be an asset of the community," said Dave Galbraith, co-owner. "If you see me, my dad or my mom out, tell us what you think."
Former city of Carlos treasurer Bambi Alexander was sentenced in Douglas County district court today for embezzlement crimes dating back to 2011. Alexander, 38, of Carlos was convicted of one-count of felony theft. She was sentenced to 10 years supervised probation, 60 days jail time and ordered to pay $43,801.95 which includes $43,666.95 in restitution and $135 in court costs. Alexander was given credit for jail time already served. Alexander pleaded guilty June 27 in Douglas County Court to one count of felony theft for receiving more than $34,000 in unauthorized city checks.
Pivotal community members were invited to an anti-bullying brainstorming session at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) on Wednesday morning. The Inclusion Network (IN) hosted the powwow in effort to collectively create programming that will be used in central Minnesota communities to educate residents on how to prevent bullying and how to stop present occurrences of the social pandemic. "We've asked you here today to help us," said John Heydt, IN member.
Douglas County Commissioners discussed a range of topics at Tuesday's county board meeting. Tax forfeited lands, a vehicle purchase, bridge replacement and a security committee were key topics. Two parcels of land in Douglas County will be evaluated for reclassification from conservation-withheld to non-conservation so the county can put them back on the tax roll.
Alexandria Technical and Community College has joined a wave of colleges across the country that have incorporated a safe zone on their campuses. Safe zones are a haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) students to find connections in the community.
Back-to-school season is an exciting and sometimes terrifying time for kids. They start school with new classmates, shop for the new "it" brand of clothes and shoes, and express themselves through what style backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils they choose to use. But some kids don't have a choice. Some adults don't either. Parents see all the upbeat, positive back-to-school ads in circulars and on TV and wonder, "How am I going to pay for that?
Fearless as the Vikings who are rumored to have settled on Alexandria's soil centuries before, Alexandrians challenged a tornado watch and thunderstorm warning to dodge raindrops in solidarity for Community Night Out.
Competitors squealed around the racetrack on Saturday in Forada while spectators packed the stands to watch the Leader Area (LA) Racing Team tear up a hay-lined oval track. The team of 2- to 3-month-old piglets traveled from their usual stomping grounds at The Bear's Den bar in Motley to take part in the Forada Days festival.