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Paintball "enthusiasts" painted the town yellow, green and orange in January. The problem is - it's called graffiti and it's illegal. Alexandria police responded to at least 19 reported cases of paintball vandalism in January.
Editor's note: The following is part of an Echo Press feature, "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 . The Douglas County courthouse tower has been a mysterious topic for decades. It was once claimed to have been the site of the legal public hanging of John Lee in 1889.
By day - and well, by night too - he is a business owner and the Alexandria fire chief. Once winter arrives, he's a dedicated member of the RFN Racing Team. Jeff Karrow of Alexandria has been racing vintage snowmobiles since 2004. He got his start racing vintage sleds on Wolf Lake. "It's kind of a little stress reliever," he said. The RFN Racing Team just wrapped up the 2012 Eagle River Derby Track Classic Vintage Weekend in Wisconsin.
What's it like to have sleep apnea? Z99 program director and morning show host Tom-E Lee shared his insight. Lee first realized he had sleep apnea when he was 19 years old. While napping during a road trip to Iowa, his mother noticed him gasping for breath. Like a lot of people, he had never heard of sleep apnea. At his mother's urging he went to a center in the Twin Cities for sleep disorder testing. "In the Cities it was really cool; it was like a hotel room," Lee said.
Three suspects arrested in a methamphetamine drug bust on January 24 in Alexandria have been charged. Alfredo Hernandez Jaquez, 33, of Willmar, has been charged with one count of first-degree controlled substance (methamphetamine), which has a maximum penalty of 30 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine; two counts of felon in possession of a firearm with a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and a $30,000 fine; and three counts of terroristic threats carrying a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Lisa Marie Fann, 35, of Alexandria, has been charged with one
Three individuals involved in a methamphetamine drug bust on Tuesday in Alexandria have been charged. Alfredo Hernandez Jaquez, 33, of Willmar, has been charged with 1 count of first-degree controlled substance (methamphetamine), which has a maximum penalty of 30 years imprisonment and/or a $1,000,000 fine; 2 counts of felon in possession of a firearm with a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and/or a $30,000 fine; and 3 counts of terroristic threats carrying a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine. Lisa Marie Fann, 35, of Alexandria, has been charged with 1 cou
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners turned down a request to purchase a new snowplow truck. Public Works Director Dave Robley requested authorization to purchase the new truck at Tuesday's county board meeting. A 2000 Volvo currently being used is up for rotation. The county usually allows the purchase of a new vehicle after 10 years of use. The cost of Robley's desired equipment purchase is $175,880. He'd like to add a 2012 International Tandem snowplow truck to the county fleet. The International 7600 SFA 6x4 would come from Maney International at a cost of $106,761.
We can all rest a little easier now that Douglas County Hospital (DCH) has doubled the capacity of its sleep center.
Nobody likes to feel hungry. The youth group at Lake Community Church joined together with Kids Against Hunger on Wednesday evening for a packaging event in Alexandria. Children and teens donned hairnets and aprons with "Kids Against Hunger" printed on them as their eager hands started an assembly line combining components that would be made into meals around the world. More than 50 people attended the event. Ten thousand meals were planned to be packaged and shipped out for humanitarian aid, said volunteer Dennis Conn.
Residents of Alexandria may never use the gift they were just given, but it may save one of their lives one day. Take Heart St. Cloud has donated an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Alexandria Police Department. Deployment of AEDs in first responder vehicles is part of Take Heart America's systems-based approach to increase the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest. Susie Osaki Holm, project manager for Take Heart St.