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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Just put me in a pine box. It's been said by many and sung by some, too. Roger Rosengren took that phrase to heart eight years ago when a fellow carpenter handed him a drawing and asked him to make a casket for his wife. Rosengren, who has spent 38 years building homes for the living through his business, Rosengren Construction, willingly added creating custom caskets for transport to the grave to his expertise. His new business, Quiet Waters Casket Company , has been in operation for three years.
Don't get plowed by a burglar. Douglas and other counties in close proximity have experienced daytime burglaries in recent weeks. Incidents involving a charcoal grey, extended-cab four-door pick-up truck have been reported around Meeker County. A caucasian male estimated to be in his 30s pulls up and asks in a southern accent if a resident needs their driveway plowed. The kicker is, he doesn't have a plow on his truck.
Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays Teen Miss Douglas County from serving her public. On a rainy Thursday evening in January, Abby Hlinsky received her official banner and was congratulated by Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson for her accomplishment of becoming Teen Miss Douglas County 2013 at a Kids Against Hunger packaging event in Alexandria. The food packaged at the Kids Against Hunger warehouse on January 10 will be shipped to Haiti, extending Hlinsky's local contribution globally.
Happy birthday, no flu. Happy birthday, no flu. The two things you need to do this flu season to keep yourself protected are: get a flu shot and wash your hands. Most people don't wash their hands long enough. Singing the Happy Birthday song twice while vigorously washing your hands with soap and water will help prevent the spread of germs. Many other people don't get the flu shot. "The flu virus goes around as much as people allow it to," said Eddie Reif, Douglas County Hospital (DCH) director of community relations and development.
Puddle pooling rains and higher than average temperatures on Friday kept the ice pond from solidifying on the kick-off day for the first Frozen Ole Pond Hockey Championships in Alexandria. A quick dip on the thermometer and sunny skies on Saturday, January 12 provided a proper day to premier the event.
Despite "going green" and environmentally conscious efforts across the globe, people still toss trash out their windows along the highway. Douglas County has endorsed a resolution to support the Minnesota Department of Transportation Adopt-a-Highway program. "It's a good program," said Douglas County Public Works Director/County Engineer Dave Robley. "It's amazing how much garbage is out there." The Douglas County public works department has coordinated the Adopt-a-Highway program since 1990. Currently, there are 145 volunteer groups monitoring 347 of 550 miles of county road.
"It seemed like what we ought to be doing," said Dave Rush, Douglas County Land and Resource Management director. Rush was honored for his role in supporting a National Guard member, Sergeant Shane Karlberg, who worked for him this past summer as a watercraft inspector. He was presented with a plaque and a pin from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee in Alexandria at Tuesday's county commissioners' meeting. It was at Karlberg's nomination that Rush was selected for the honor.
Another round of musical political chairs: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has added two new members for 2013. The shift has altered committee assignments and new leaders have been appointed. Commissioner Dan Olson replaces Jerry Johnson as board chair in 2013. Bev Bales has moved into the vice-chair position vacated by Olson. County Coordinator Bill Schalow will continue serving as board secretary. Newcomers Charlie Meyer and Jim Stratton beat out Paul C.
How dangerous could a 3-inch wide iron sphere be? Deadly when it's a live cannonball. Kensington Fire Chief Joey Nessman had a cannonball sitting unobtrusively in his garage for three years. On December 20, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's office bomb disposal unit counter-charged the explosive object. "It blew up big," said Karin Anderson, Kensington Fire Department secretary. Nessman's uncle, Davis Larson, discovered the cannonball underground in the western Black Hills of South Dakota approximately 20 years ago. Nessman received the ball as a Christmas gift from Larson.
Pups in Millerville Township have a new spa but horses in Hudson won't be gaining ground. Douglas County commissioners approved a conditional use permit for John and Kathleen Bakken to operate a water therapy and grooming business for dogs in Millerville.