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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Commissioners took steps toward the Allied Radio Matrix Emergency Response (ARMER) system going live in January 2013 at their February 28 meeting. ARMER is a radio system that will enable all law enforcement, fire and emergency personnel on federal, state, county and local levels to communicate with each other in ways they were unable to in the past. Chief Deputy Brad Lake said the ARMER system will help keep communication flowing between Hazmat crews, the sheriff's office, state patrols and other emergency personnel during incidents like the recent fatality on I94 and the tanker crash the w
Once again it's time for township elections. Lund and Miltona townships are looking at competitors in the treasurer and supervisor races. Many others are incumbents running unopposed. ALEXANDRIA TOWNSHIP Bryan Alstead is running unopposed for a three-year supervisor position. Alstead is an incumbent. Russell Niskanen is running unopposed for a two-year supervisor position to fill a vacancy. Niskanen was appointed in January to fill a vacancy. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The annual meeting will follow.
It doesn't take the Stender kids long to get ready to go to the neighborhood ice rink. It's in their back yard. Five years ago, Kim and Chad Stender added a new feature to the winter scene in their back yard. It started as a little ice-rink and continued to grow over the years. The rink is now fully equipped for hockey games - even at night. The 50 by 115 foot rink is assembled when it gets cold enough for ice, usually in November.
Once every four years, the cosmic balance is preserved in one day - February 29. Leap Day is especially sacred to those who are born within the magical 24-hour window. Others have chosen the day to make their own special memories. Leap years were created by Julius Caesar to keep the seasons from shifting off course. The Earth's rotation is actually 365.2422 days long. If the day had not been added to our shortest month, after 100 years the seasons wouldn't jive with the calendar by 25 days. While some people just take the extra day in the year for what it is - an extra 24 hours.
When most people hear "tweet," they think Twitter these days. Not the Viking Sportsmen; they're getting ready for the chipper tweets of birds this spring. A sea of teal T-shirts flooded the Viking Plaza mall last Saturday. Jefferson High School's Junior Viking Sportsmen Club set up temporary wood shops in the halls to host Habitat Day. The Viking Sportsmen sponsored the event. Drills whirred as curious kids assisted Junior Vikings and Sportsmen in building wood duck and bluebird houses.
Many of the people this article affects the most will never read it. They don't have home delivery of the newspaper. They don't have a home. Jessica Boyer, executive director of United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties, led a panel discussion on homelessness in the area last Wednesday. She said a lot of people aren't aware of the homeless in Alexandria and the surrounding communities because people who are homeless aren't out in the community with the rest of us.
Douglas County commissioners started plans for spring and summer projects at their Tuesday meeting. A three-year aerial photography contract was awarded to Pictometry to photograph Douglas County this spring. The county's Land Records Management Committee recommended Douglas County Public Works extend the usual two-year contract to three years based on past success.
If you saw a $5-off coupon on the ground would you pick it up? In today's economy, few people can afford to pass up the opportunity to save money, but many do when they throw away their coupons. When Lynne Dahlheimer of Alexandria retired five years ago, she set out on a mission to supplement her household income by amping up her coupon clipping.
We've had a pretty mild winter this year in Minnesota. So unlike our usual hibernation weather, the below zero temperatures that have recently swept into the area seem foreign. Today it's cold, not 30-below cold, but still my forehead hurts and my nostrils are frozen cold. When winter first sets in, we frolic in the falling snow and gaze at the beauty of the changing seasons. Children get excited to go sledding and ice-skating (which I've yet to do this year). Giggling little ones and giddy adults make snowmen and snow angels between intervals of snowball fights.
Imagine coming home from military training to face another hurdle in front of you - finding a job. Some National Guard soldiers are losing their civilian jobs while away performing their patriotic duties. Not only is this a disservice to the brave men and women who keep us safe, it's against the law. Brittany Barrett of Alexandria returned home from a weekend Guard drill at Fort Ripley. That Monday she received a phone call informing her that she no longer had a job. "I was kind of shocked," she said.