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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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received two 911 calls from the same residence in Holmes City reporting an attempted burglary once on Saturday and again on Monday. The first call was received on Saturday, June 1, at 6:56 p.m. Aaron Schultz reported he had found the door to his residence at 6118 County Road 4 Southwest in Holmes City open when he arrived. When Schultz entered his home, he reportedly saw a white male in his early 20s who was approximately six-feet tall and 175 pounds with a shaved head and dark eyes who was wearing large diamond earrings.
A picture perfect late spring day set the scene for the Jefferson High School Class of 2013 graduates as they marched across the stage at Citizen's Field in Alexandria on Sunday. Gowns and tassels blew in the breeze while Class of 2013 student speakers Megan Orpen and Chad Peterson shared stories of their journey to the final day of high school and the path stretched before them and their classmates. An even 300 students received their diplomas at Jefferson's 54th graduation ceremony; the first was held in 1959.
Twenty-two veterans die by suicide every day in the U.S. Any suicide statistic is too great a number, but taking into consideration the total U.S. population (315 million) and the number of veterans (22 million), that percentage is disproportionately high. Since 2001, per-day veteran suicides have remained between 18 and 22 nationally. In Minnesota, approximately 20 percent of people who die by suicide are veterans. There are 3,169 veterans living in Douglas County.
At least 104 people in Douglas County won't be home tonight. There are 43 homeless adults and 61 homeless children in the county.
One man is dead after a stabbing attack in Alexandria on Saturday afternoon. Around 1 p.m. Alexandria police and Douglas County Sheriff deputies responded to a 911 call that a man had been stabbed in the chest at 1705 6th Avenue East, Lincoln Estates. The county medical examiner was called to the scene by 1:20 p.m. to confirm Phillip Altstadt's death. Altstadt, 28, of Alexandria was deceased on the lawn when officers arrived as a result of an apparent stabbing. Altstadt knew his attacker, according to police reports. The suspect, Kody Klimek, 25, of Alexandria fled on foot.
They're doing it in Colorado, why not Alexandria? Darcell Antony Danzeisen, 30, of Alexandria is charged with possession of a controlled substance after having a package containing marijuana delivered to Alexandria Music Store at 606 Broadway Street on Friday. Danzeisen owns the music store. Agents from the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, detectives from the Alexandria Police Department and the Douglas County K-9 worked together along with the Minneapolis Airport Police to intercept the package.
Unusual circumstances prompted the Douglas County Commissioners to support a rate variance for the Alexandria Opportunities Center (AOC) at the May 28 county board meeting. AOC Executive Director Mike Burke explained that because of winter storms, the facility had to close for six days, resulting in a loss of $60,000 that cannot be recouped.
It's 3 a.m. You can't sleep. You're wondering, "What did I miss at Tuesday's Douglas County Board meeting?" Discussions to air commissioners' meetings began more than a year ago. In September 2012, a video camera was mounted to the wall in the Commissioners' Room at the courthouse in Alexandria.
Enterprise Minnesota has been watching the course of manufacturing in the state. The business consulting organization revealed the findings of its fifth annual State of Manufacturing survey at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) on Monday, May 20. The forecast? "Tempered confidence." "This community has played a very significant role regionally," said ATCC President Kevin Kopischke. Explore Minnesota President and CEO Bob Kill addressed a handful of manufacturing moguls at ATCC.
The number of minors locked up in the nation's correctional facilities is lower now than it has been in 35 years. Since 1975, juvenile incarceration rates have fluctuated, hitting a high in 1995 of 107,637. The total plummeted to 70,792 in 2010. A similar trend was observed in Douglas County with a higher number cited in 1997, 532, than in more recent years. Between 2004 and 2006, fewer than 400 juvenile arrests were made each year by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Alexandria Police Department combined; the numbers continue to drop, according to the sheriff's office.