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More than 200 community members gathered at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center Wednesday to listen to Cordelia Anderson, a nationally known speaker and consultant. Anderson speaks all over the country about the prevention of child sexual exploitation and sexual violence, as well as strategies to strengthen individuals, families, business and communities. Anderson's focus was on normalization of violence and pornography through advertisements, video games, toys, clothing and more. She talked about a video game, Grand Theft Auto, which allows players to practice violence by shooting and k
Ten questions, 10 minutes. That's all it takes to be counted for the 2010 census. At Tuesday's Douglas County Board meeting, commissioners heard from Donna Hoffer, a partner specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau. Hoffer presented information about the upcoming census, which is a requirement of the U.S. Constitution.
She was a mother. A grandmother. A sister. A daughter. A co-worker. A neighbor. A friend. And she was a wife. Although Linda Lee Green continues to be all of those things to her loved ones, she is also now a statistic. She was a victim of domestic violence. On the morning of August 14, 2006, Green was gunned down in her vehicle outside her home near Osakis by her husband of 14 years. She died later that afternoon from the gunshot wounds to her head. He also died - from suicide.
A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Sunday afternoon for the newest addition to Alexandria School District 206. The district hosted the event for its newest building, Woodland Elementary School.
If someone puts pressure on your neck and tries to cut off your airway, making it hard for you to breathe, is that person choking you or are you being strangled? Is there really a difference between the two - to choke or to strangle? Yes, according to Susan Keehn, advocate at Someplace Safe in Alexandria. And yes, according to the dictionary. The definition of strangle is to squeeze or constrict the neck of a person or animal, so as to cause death.
The people. The lives. The stories. Over the last 10 years as a news reporter for the Echo Press, I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most incredible people, learn about their lives - some were awe-inspiring, some were jaw-dropping - and share the stories with our readers, through print media and the Internet. When I started at the newspaper in May of 1999, I was an intern, working on the Vacationer, the free summer publication that runs from fishing opener through Labor Day.
Domestic violence. Unfortunately, it's out there. It's in the community - in Douglas County, in Alexandria, Miltona, Garfield, and everywhere in between. It's men abusing women, women abusing men, men and women abusing children, partners abusing each other or children abusing their elderly parents. The abuse encompasses not only physical abuse or violence, but verbal abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and even financial abuse. When abuse happens - regardless of whom the victim is - Someplace Safe in Alexandria offers a variety of services.
An estimated 3,500 veterans in Douglas and surrounding counties will no longer have to travel to St. Cloud or other areas for health care services. The Alexandria community-based outpatient VA clinic is now open for business. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Monday morning at the new facility, located on 22nd Avenue in Alexandria. Owen Miller, who is president of the Veterans Council, along with being an Alexandria City Council member, past commander of the American Legion and a veteran, emceed the event. The hour-long ceremony included remarks from Barry Bahl, St.
Jefferson High School students in John Esbjornsson's environmental science classes got more than they bargained for on a recent field trip. According to Esbjornsson, the students in his class have a great interest in the lakes of Douglas County and the impact that the recent invasion of zebra mussels have on the aquatic ecosystem. The students contacted Nathan Olson, an invasive species specialist with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) out of Fergus Falls. They sent an e-mail to Olson with an action plan, which Esbjornsson said outlined how the students could help the DNR educate th
Driving home from a round of golf in Long Prairie, a group of six Alexandria men didn't expect they would be making a stop along the gravel road they were traveling on - 241st Avenue, one half mile south of County Road 48 in Todd County. But it was a good thing they did. The group, including Mark Klein, Bob Ahlgren, Chad Peterson, Royce Martin, Mike Thompson and Tyson Treat, was the first to arrive upon a one-vehicle accident that happened moments before.