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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Permit applications, donations, and bid contracts rounded out a fairly routine Douglas County board meeting on May 14.
Another winter has given way to Minnesota's second season - construction. Twelve projects are planned for the summer of 2013 in Douglas County. A bid opening is scheduled for June 10. Two projects have been moved up to 2013 from the 2014 construction program due to carryover from last year's budget, a slight allotment increase in state aid and a grant for bridge replacement.
Political representatives in the Alexandria area say their constituents do not support the gay marriage bill that was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday afternoon. Many, however, are celebrating the decision. Within minutes of the bill passing in the Senate, Pastor Scott Keehn of Alexandria received a text message from a couple in his congregation asking him to perform their ceremony. He accepted. "All this really does is expand the definition of marriage to include loving couples who had been excluded," Keehn said.
Douglas County commissioners were presented with the Blue Ribbon Award at Tuesday's county board meeting. The honor is given to counties and tribes that have exhibited excellence in efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. The Blue Ribbon Award, created in 2003, has been given to 60 counties and five tribes in Minnesota.
The fuzzy little caterpillar takes a nap in a cute cocoon and emerges a beautiful butterfly. Ah. Why then does the tale turn into a horror story when a forest tent caterpillar turns into a moth? May is usually the month people start seeing aircraft spraying pesticides. In the Alexandria lakes area, pesticide is sprayed to ward off forest tent caterpillars.
The federal government plans to kick in a few extra bucks to help cover the increased costs absorbed by Minnesota counties as a result of the Affordable Care Act that quickly passed in both the House and Senate earlier this year. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) received word from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that counties may be eligible for a larg
Speculations and predictions have been circulating about this year's fishing opener. Will the ice be melted in time to cast off on Saturday? We'll just have to wait and see. "I've never seen anything like this before," said Dana Freese with Christopherson Bait in Alexandria. Traffic at the bait shop has been a trickle but Freese forecasts it will pick up immediately after the ice is gone.
A brisk springtime revival resonated through the forest last Wednesday morning at the Smokey Timbers Camp on Lake Miltona.
The Alexandria Technical and Community College Foundation opted for a change in scenery this year for its annual luncheon held in Alexandria last Friday afternoon. Attendees cruised over to the Law Enforcement tactical warehouse on campus for a main street themed gathering. The warehouse was transformed into a small city. This year's motto was: a community within a community. "We've never had a space on campus before," said Foundation Executive Director Kathy Pfeffer Nohre.
One foot in front of the other. Walking is part of a daily routine for most people, but for 2.1 million people around the globe, this simple action is taking steps toward curing a complex disease - multiple sclerosis. An anticipated 150 walkers are expected to participate in Walk MS: Alexandria.