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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As the ground firms up so do plans for Maritime Gardens - A Growing Legacy! at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria. A grand design of gazebos, park benches, lush greenery and water features are highlights of the vision Executive Director Bruce Olson described for the property. A vision that he said started with a small group and is continually expanding. To ensure the project continues on its path, a few community members have stepped up to show their support. Tastefully Simple has donated $30,000 toward water features planned for the Maritime Gardens.
Alexandria Police Department responded to a burglary call at Ace Hardware, 406 Broadway Street, in Alexandria on November 14. The burglary occurred in the early morning hours and police were on scene at approximately 7 a.m., according to a report released Monday. Suspects stole power tools and hand tools worth more than $10,000, Chief Rick Wyffels said. Other valuables estimated at $6,000 were also taken. The exterior door was pried open and wires were cut to gain access into Ace Hardware.
Douglas County commissioners were briefed on the current progress at Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) at Tuesday's meeting. All three combustors are up and running. A third combustion unit added at the Waste-to-Energy facility has allowed PDSWM to take on waste removal service for Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties in a tri-county solid waste management contract that began on September 1. The 20-year contract is for 50,000 tons of waste a year for the first five years, the remainder of the contract will be based on a declining scale.
He's been with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for less than two years and has already earned national honors with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). Vinny, a 2 and a half-year-old Belgian Malinois, brought home two trophies and three medals for his achievements at the 2011 National USPCA Police Dog Field Trials.
Eighteen concerned citizens attended a community notification meeting held Thursday at Alexandria City Hall. A level three predatory offender has been living in the area since July 15. Michele Murphy, community education and notification coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC), led the session with assistance from Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels. Gale Landeen, 57, is living in the vicinity of 6th Avenue West and Broadway in Alexandria.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to make changes to the Water Surface Ordinance on November 8. Douglas County Land and Resource Management Director Dave Rush presented the proposed changes to the board. A channel closure between Lakes Cowdry and Darling will be repealed due to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) locating zebra mussels in Lakes Brophy, North Union, Stoney, Taylor and Cowdry this fall, all of which are now on the state list of infested waters.
So you just graduated from high school and now you have to go to a four-year college to get a degree so you can get a good job, right? Wrong. There are a lot of jobs - careers - available right now that require less than a four-year degree to get started.
Once kept in a dark room, this 70-year-old now gazes out a large eastward-facing window into the vast outdoors. The reel-to-reel projector sitting in the lobby of Midway Cinema 9 in Alexandria has been replaced by a new digital projection system. In fact, all nine theaters have been ushered into the digital age.
Alexandria Extrusion was one of six companies honored with a Workplace Well-being award by HealthPartners and the Society of Human Resource Management affiliate (SHRM) Minnesota Council in October. Deb Moorman accepted the crystal award for "Most Innovative - Midsize" on behalf of Alexandria Extrusion Company at the SHRM Conference in St. Cloud. "I think they were impressed with our variety of programs," Moorman said. Alexandria Extrusion focuses on many components of health and wellness for their employees, she said.
Occupy Alexandria added some cement to its foundation at a general assembly meeting on Saturday at Kensington Rune Stone Park, but it was a bit overshadowed by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's visit to Hoffman on Sunday. Occupy Alexandria supporters caught up with Senator Klobuchar D-Minnesota in Hoffman on her "Made in America" economic tour. Some of the Occupants were granted a sit-down with Senator Klobuchar; Judd Hoff was one of them. Hoff, a self-proclaimed personal advocate, has been traveling western Minnesota as part of the Occupy movement.