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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Douglas County will be adding additional manpower to monitor watercraft this summer. Land and Resource Management Director Dave Rush was informed on March 16 that a 2012 Watercraft Access Inspections grant had been received from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The grant will aid in eradication of aquatic invasive species - specifically zebra mussels - that have spread through the chain of lakes, by paying the salaries of five watercraft inspectors. Douglas County commissioners approved the hiring of three level-two and two level-one inspectors at Tuesday's county board meeting.
Editor's note: This is the third of a three-part series on the Alexandria Citizens Police Academy as seen through the eyes of one of its participants - reporter Crystal Dey. Twelve brave souls trudged through the February 28 blizzard for a shot at the ATCC firing range. As part of our Citizens Police Academy training, we popped into virtual reality and then snapped back into reality. The Range 2000 put us through computer simulations in which we needed to determine whether or not to fire on a suspect.
Editor's Note: This is the second of a three-part series on the Alexandria Citizens Police Academy as seen through the eyes of one of its participants - reporter Crystal Dey. A lot of legwork precedes apprehension of criminals. First, they must be caught. Next, there must be evidence. We found out it's not as easy as it looks on TV. During our initial tour of the facility we brushed through the evidence room and lab.
We all slow down a little when we see them coming. How many of us slow down enough to wonder what it's like to see the world through their eyes? Sixteen people decided to get a closer look at the Alexandria Police Department (APD) by enrolling in the 2012 Citizens Police Academy. A diverse group was selected to experience a one night a week class over a seven-week stretch from January to March.
In the middle of West Central Minnesota's manufacturing Mecca, folks shed their workday duds and shined up for a high-fashion event to support the local building industry. Vikingland Builders Association (VBA) melded the world of construction and the fashion runway when it presented "Construction Couture" at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria on Thursday. A unique fashion show, described as "Bob the Builder meets Lady Gaga," followed a social hour and silent auction. "It was fun, very unusual," said Paula Shelander, VBA executive officer. Leading up to the spotlight event, Right Said Fred
County commissioners recognized the outstanding achievements of Douglas County department heads Dave Robley and Mike Woods at Tuesday's board meeting. John McDonald, president of the Minnesota County Engineers Association announced the 2012 County Engineer of the Year - Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley. March 13, 2012 was officially proclaimed "Dave Robley Day." Robley has been serving Douglas County since 1995.
A Recycled Plastics employee placed a 911 call to report a fire in the building at 8301 County Road 82 NW in Garfield around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Garfield Fire Department were first on the scene.
In the midst of a pre-spring thaw, snowboarders held onto what may have been the last snowboarding event of the season during the 9th annual Faction Challenge at Andes Tower Hills on Saturday, March 10. Boarders coasted down the powder packed slopes of the Serendipity run, performing flips and wipeouts while taking in the sun's rays in a mini-Aspen-esque scene. "The Faction Challenge couldn't have gone better this year," said Jason Lybeck, owner of The Faction in Alexandria.
Minnewaska Area Schools has responded to a lawsuit filed on March 6 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU) on behalf of a minor student and her mother against the school and members of its staff. The suit, filed in Federal District Court, cites Minnewaska Area Schools in Glenwood, Minnesota and the Pope County Sheriff's office for violating the constitutional rights of a 12-year-old student referred to as "R.S." The ACLU claims R.S.'s First Amendment right to free speech and her Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures were violated by empl
Bernice "Bea" Pfeffer glided across the floor in a flashy black sequined ensemble. Today her partner was dance instructor Dave Cooper. Other days it's been her husband, Vern. Bea's been dancing for more than 80 of her 99 years. The Grand Arbor dance class was extended at Bea's prompting, said daughter, Bonnie Schneider. "I told the front desk the women seem to like it," Bea said. Bonnie's family was living in Alexandria when Bea came for a visit. Never being able to keep Bea far from a dance floor, an evening out at the VFW dance was planned.