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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The ninth annual Greater Alexandria Area Job Resource Fair held on Wednesday at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) seemed perfectly timed, given the recent uptick in the national unemployment rate. The U.S. saw an overall increase from 7.8 percent in December to 7.9 for January 2013.
Two dollars could keep you out of jail and possibly save a life. Some bars hopped on the electronic pull-tab bandwagon in recent months. Bill Seykora, owner of Depot Express in Alexandria, added a different game to his establishment, the IntoxBox . The IntoxBox is a self-serve breathalyzer machine that provides a patron with their blood alcohol content (BAC) within minutes.
Editor's note: The following is an Echo Press feature called, "You asked." Readers are invited to send the newspaper a simple question and we'll try to get to the bottom of it. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org . Eileen, an Echo Press reader, asked if a new law has been passed allowing businesses to charge a fee for credit card transactions. The short answer is yes. The long answer is a bit more complicated. Merchants are required to pay an interchange fee to credit card companies for the convenience of using their currency.
Warren C. Bowles delivered a chilling performance as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Mixed Blood Theatre production, Dr. King's Dream, at Alexandria Technical and Community College on Tuesday night. A room full of pale faces stared at a lone black man. Not uncommon in the 1950s and not uncommon in Alexandria today. Over the course of one hour, that one man took the audience on a journey through Dr.
Hot tunes. Cool night. Jefferson High School's annual winter band concert hit all the right notes. Family and music fans poured into the high school gymnasium, filling the bleachers as freezing rains poured down outside Monday night. The JHS Jazz I and II, Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble were joined by a Minneapolis brass group, the Copper Street Brass Quintet (CSBQ).
More money than you know what to do with, could be the case in Carlos . The equivalent of an average person's salary went missing between February 2011 and June 2012. After reviewing financial records for the city of Carlos, the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor (OSA) discovered that the former city treasurer, Bambi Alexander, received a total of $34,585.31 in unauthorized city checks.
As the Minnesota Nutritious Food Coalition was celebrating its first year of working to increase participation in the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ( SNAP ), the federal government was in the midst of plans to decrease funds that support the educational component of
Welcome to the new, long-awaited, Douglas County Sheriff's Office . County residents were greeted by sheriff's office staff as they hurried through the front doors and stomped snow off of their feet before emerging into the redesigned lobby. An estimated 100 people attended the open house held Tuesday, January 22 for the public to view improvements to the old school building on 7th Avenue West in Alexandria.
Bridget Braun has left the city lights behind her to return to her family's old stomping grounds of Alexandria. Braun moved to the area in November from Coon Rapids to take on the hybrid role of web developer/graphic designer/Internet technology support guru at the Echo Press. "I wanted to be closer to my parents, who moved here in 2007," Braun said. "And I wanted a better environment for my kids to go to school and grow up in." In 2000, Braun graduated from the Minnesota School of Computer Imaging, a division of the Minnesota School of Business/Globe College.
Fifteen cents. That's how much it costs to print a page at the Douglas County Library . Fifteen cents is part of what brought one citizen to Tuesday's commissioners' meeting. He disagreed with some of the library's practices; Internet use was one point he argued. The library's Internet usage policy kicks on every time a person logs onto one of the public computer terminals and affects what the user can print, how long the sessions are and other matters.