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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Sheriff Troy Wolbersen was "blindsided" by a late addition to the county board of commissioner's agenda at a regular meeting on December 27. Wolbersen came before the board to request an extension of the medical services agreement between Douglas County and MEnD Correctional Care, LLC for inmate care. Dr. Steven P. Radjenovich, D.O.
Douglas County commissioners voted unanimously to increase the rent on Lakes Area Recreation (LAR) by more than half the current rate at their December 27 meeting. The present rate is 39.5 cents per square foot; the rate as of January 2013 will be $1 per square foot. "[The board] met with LAR, and we discussed this two weeks ago," said Commissioner Jerry Johnson.
Seven Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County (HFHDC) volunteers from the Alexandria area ventured to Cambodia in November. Their mission: Build a house in five days for a Cambodian family that was living in a municipal dumpsite in Phnom Penh. Greg and Deb Pouliot, Tom Schabel, Bob Seward, Gordon and Debbie VanderHelm and Sara VanderHelm were part of a global initiative to build 22 homes in five days. They participated in the Khmer Harvest Build in Oudong, Kandal, Cambodia that took place November 15 through 19. Funds that support building the homes are gathered through tithes.
Salaries, budget and the recurring debate over how much to spend on law enforcement were discussed - and in most cases agreed upon - at the Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. In two 3-2 votes, the commissioners adopted the 2012 levy, which increased by 5.73 percent, and approved the budget. Commissioners Jerry Johnson and Bev Bales voted no to both. They wanted to adjust budget and lower the levy. Commissioners unanimously agreed on an increase in their per diem rate from $60 to $65 in 2012.
Now that Santa's left you with all those shiny new gadgets you asked him for, make sure they stay in your possession. Holidays can be a prime time for burglars to scope out homes and attempt to make off with holiday bounties. More than 20 burglaries were reported between the months of October and November in Douglas County and Alexandria combined. Are burglaries on the rise?
While children were looking for Santa this Christmas, Kmart employees were seeing angels. Sixteen families were granted a little miracle this year when anonymous philanthropists paid off their layaway purchases at the Alexandria Kmart. "It started with a guy in Minneapolis and spread like wildfire," said Kmart Store Manager Hans McCarthy. One-by-one, little paper angels began adorning the packages in the Alexandria Kmart layaway department. McCarthy discovered the angel design online.
Contract negotiations between PrimeWest and the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) may change some people's healthcare plans starting January 1. A Minnesota statute, (265B.69 Subd.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners discussed the Lake Oscar flooding issue, costs to operate Lakes Area Recreation (LAR) and received grants from the sheriff's office at its meeting last Tuesday. The use of an alternative to coal tar sealant on driveways was also introduced. LAKE OSCAR Douglas County Engineer/Public Works Director Dave Robley will be bringing the Lake Oscar flooding issue before the county board again on December 27. State Senators Bill Ingebrigtsen and Joe Gimse held a public meeting addressing flooding concerns along Highway 27 near Lake Oscar at Holmes City To
Six Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) students were hopefuls for the first-place honor of designing the logo that will grace the hull of the USS Minnesota. Commander John W. Fancher and Lieutenant Commander Craig W.
Questions about spending peppered the Douglas County Board of Commissioners' annual budget hearing last Wednesday. While the meeting room in the public works building wasn't packed, there were about two-dozen inquisitive attendees. County Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow started the meeting with a slideshow presentation explaining the recent change from the homestead credit to the homestead exclusion tax implemented by the state of Minnesota. Briefly, the change is that cities, towns and the county still require the same amount of money to provide services and since the state is no longer off