Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
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Students in Brandon-Evansville will have an extra day of school this year — sort of. At Monday night's school board meeting, the board approved Monday, April 22 as a make-up day for students. April 22 was previously scheduled as a teacher workshop day, which meant students had the day off. Now, it is scheduled as a regular instruction day. It was added because of the many weather-related school closings this year.
More than $1 million has been collected in the past two years by the Douglas County strategic finance collections officer. Phyllis Johnson, who works in the Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer office and is a liaison to the Social Services office, recovers funds from estates to reimburse the county for social services and Medical Assistance benefits, among others. Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow provided an update to the Douglas County commissioners at their regular board meeting Tuesday, March 19.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, March 19 Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 78 SE, Osakis. Vehicle in ditch, semi, County Road 38 NE, Highway 29 N. Assist other agency, assisted DNR with fish house removal, Lake Ida. Animal complaint, caller reported neighbor dog keeps pooping on her sidewalk, Chicago Club Lane NE.
Stressful. Frustrating. Hopeless. Discouraged. These are just a few of the words participants in a poverty simulation used to describe what it felt like to live on a limited budget. Ranging from high school students to senior citizens, 80 people took part in the interactive poverty simulation hosted by the United Way last Thursday, March 14. The participants learned what it was like to be classified as low-income, and were presented with typical challenges that struggling families experience, such as health issues or vehicle break-downs.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, March 18 Driving complaint, report of semi all over the road, Interstate 94, mile marker 86. Suspicious activity, caller reported seeing a disturbing video on a phone app, Carlos. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 23 SE, County Road 4 SE.
Inside the 77,825-square-foot Brandon School lies the original 1957 building with its many issues, including space, ADA compliance, lack of security and ventilation systems that are out-of-date and not up to code. Some of these issues are also present in the additions that came in 1970, 1980 and 2004. Residents, school board members and staff had an opportunity to tour the facility as part of a work session Monday night before the regular school board meeting.
Jasmine Block, the teenage girl from Alexandria who was kidnapped, held captive for 29 days and then escaped her captors, will appear on the Dr. Phil show today, Tuesday, March 19. The show is on CBS and will air at 3 p.m. The segment of the show is called, " Hidden: The Girl Abducted and Held Captive for 29 Days ."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, March 15 Information, report of vehicle spun out, in center median, Interstate 94, Highway 27 W. Traffic hazard, report of large frozen chunks of dirt all over the road, County Road 4 SW, Long Lane Lane SW. Assist other agency, report of vehicle all over the road, erratic speeds, Interstate 94, mile marker 95.
An 89-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who walked away from her residence in Alexandria Sunday evening was found safe. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the woman was last seen at 5:45 p.m. Around 6:56 p.m. Sunday, March 17, the sheriff's office received a report that the woman was missing. A Code Red alert was sent out to the surrounding area, Birchwood Terrace in Alexandria. A Douglas County K-9 unit responded to help with the ground search and a LifeLink III helicopter helped in an aerial search.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, March 14 Suspicious person, caller reported driving by a male walking three times, person was reportedly acting very paranoid and strange, checked on, assisted person with directions, West Latoka Drive SW. Animal complaint, caller has animal tracks on property she wanted a deputy to look at, unknown animal, checked on, they were dog tracks, caller upset about neighborhood dogs running on her property, Busch Road SE.