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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Colie Paulson Christensen, a 2005 Alexandria graduate, has launched a new online name-changing service. NewlyNamed provides personalized name change kits for newlyweds. The idea originated from her own experience. After her wedding, Christensen said she jumped right into the process of changing her name and quickly realized what a struggle it was. "I didn't know where to start, what forms to fill out or how to find everything I needed," she said. "I spent hours on government websites and felt like I was going nowhere. It was a total nightmare."
When Ann Stehn heard there was going to be an opening for the director of Horizon Public Health, she couldn't pass up the opportunity to try for the position. "This was high up on my list," she said. Her effort paid off, and Stehn was hired to take over for longtime director Sandy Tubbs, who retired Jan. 31. Stehn recently moved with her husband from Spicer to the area, which wasn't new to her. While growing up in rural Appleton, her family made frequent trips here, especially in the summer.
Bob and Patti Dahlheimer talk with Ron Branch from Berry Ridge Farm at the season opening of the Alexandria Farmers Market Saturday, May 11. The market, located at Big Ole Central Park, is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Beginning in late June, the farmers market will also be open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, May 16 Suspicious vehicle, report of vehicle trying to get fuel from pay inside pump, directed them to the credit pump, Brandon. Driving complaint, report of vehicle passing in no passing zone, excessive speeds, County Road 82 SE, Nelson.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, May 15 Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 36 NE, Miltona. Burglary, report of cabin broken into, multiple tools stolen, County Road 102 NE, Miltona. Fraud, caller reported being scammed out of money from a person claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House, Lake Ida Way NW.
Hey, Alexandria marching band alumni, it's time to dust off the drums, clean up the clarinets and shine up those shoes. You are all invited to participate in this year's Vikingland Band Festival. All former band members are invited to march down Broadway at the 35th annual festival, which is set for Sunday, June 30. Former marching band directors Greg DeGier and Todd Blaser will lead this year's alumni band, with other former directors and staff anticipated to be on hand for the band festival weekend.
About 100 bicyclists took part in the annual Ride of Silence Wednesday evening in Alexandria. The event is an international ride to remember the bicyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads. The local ride was started by Jake Capistrant from Jake's Bikes, along with Brad and Sue Dumm, who lost a son in a bicycle crash in the Twin Cities 10 years ago. The group of riders took off from Big Ole Central Park for their silent five-mile ride.
The Alexandria Municipal Airport was recently awarded the Governors Award presented by the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Office of Aeronautics and Gov. Tim Walz. The Governors Award, which was given out at the Minnesota Council of Airports annual conference April 25, gives special recognition for excellence in airport planning, development, operation and maintenance, as well as promoting the spirit of aviation within the community. Airport manager Kreg Anderson accepted the award from MnDOT Aeronautics Director Cassandra Isackson.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, May 14 Animal complaint, report of a cow on the road, County Road 12 NW, Garfield. Patrol activity, vehicle parked at park, was camping overnight, advised park is not a campground and told to check other area parks, Brophy Landing NW. Assist other agency, report of someone crawling through a window to get into an apartment, Spruce Street.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, May 10 Driving complaint, report of vehicle swerving back and forth, driving in passing lane, Interstate 94, mile marker 109. Utility call, report of pole on fire, possible transformer, County Road 3 NE, Miltona. Water complaint, report of small aluminum boat that floated to the shore, Ridgewood Drive NW.