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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Joshua George Hamilton led Alexandria police on a high speed chase through the city of Alexandria and onto the Interstate around 4 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities. The Alexandria Police Department was investigating and attempting to locate Hamilton regarding an alleged domestic related incident when Hamilton was located by an officer patrolling County Road 46.
Douglas County Parks Superintendent Al Lieffort is pursuing a 56-acre tract of land in LaGrand Township to broaden Lake Brophy Park. The project was listed on a Legacy grant application last year and did not receive funding. Lieffort also has plans for 17.5 acres on the south boundary of the park.
The sanctity of marriage has indeed been defiled. This is not a new phenomena. It's plagued American homes for half a century. A few weeks ago I was planning my Summer Solstice Eve when it occurred to me: I would have been married for 10 years on June 21. Instead, I filed for a dissolution of marriage on New Year's Eve in 2007. I exchanged Mrs. for Ms., restored my maiden name and joined the millions of divorced Americans as a divorcee on February 7, 2008. Like many people in their 20s, I married right after graduating from college. We'd been dating for four years.
Four Minnesota schools were featured in a compilation of the top 50 community colleges in the nation and Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) is among the ranks. ATCC placed 24th in a rating conducted by TheBestSchools.org .
Past treasurer for the city of Carlos, Bambi Alexander, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft in Douglas County Court on Thursday, June 27. Alexander, 38, of Carlos, was charged with one count of felony theft, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine. A sentencing appearance has been scheduled for August 22, 2013. After reviewing financial records for the city of Carlos, the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor (OSA) discovered that Alexander received a total of $34,585.31 in unauthorized city checks between February 2011 and June 2012.
The railroad crossing two miles north of Miltona on County State Aid Highway (CSAH)36 will be receiving substantial safety upgrades at no cost to Douglas County. Soo Line Railroad Company, doing business as Canadian Pacific Railway, has entered into an agreement with Douglas County to install new flashing light signals with gates, constant warning circuitry and LED lenses at the site.
At their Tuesday meeting, Douglas County commissioners renewed a joint powers agreement with the state of Minnesota for the purpose of operating a Sentencing to Service (STS) program. Sheriff Troy Wolbersen said the program has been used for several years. STS allows criminals who have been identified as "non-dangerous offenders" to perform community work service in lieu of a jail sentence or fine. In Douglas County, STS only applies to working off fines. "We do not give them credit for jail time," Wolbersen clarified.
Starting July 1, 2013, Minnesota's immigrant college students can follow their dreams with fewer roadblocks in their paths. Governor Mark Dayton signed the Minnesota Dream Act into law on May 20, 2013. The Minnesota Dream Act, also referred to as the Prosperity Act, affects student tuition rates and financial aid.
Two separate vehicle crashes happened blocks away from each other on 3rd Avenue in Alexandria last week. A two-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of 3rd Avenue East and Maple Street around 5:10 p.m. on Friday, June 21. One person was injured. Devan Hennen, 49, of Alexandria, slowed down for a pedestrian crossing 3rd Avenue, according to the Alexandria Police Department. Donna Rengo, 77, of Alexandria was stopped on the north side of the 3rd Avenue and Maple Street intersection. Hennen proceeded forward as Rengo was crossing the intersection.
When Betty and Neal Ostlund heard hail may be coming with the approaching thunderstorm Thursday night, Betty thought she ought to put her car in the garage. Well, her Ford Taurus is still in the garage, hail-damage free with one catch - it's a charred hunk of metal beneath remnants of a scorched structure. A lightning strike sparked a fire that totally engulfed the building. "It was kind of a special car," Ostlund said. "It is too bad, but thank God nobody was hurt in the fire." Betty had won the car in a raffle at St.