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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DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, July 18 Animal complaint, caller reported an injured deer is in the yard, Highway 27 W., Kensington. Shooting complaint, caller reported people are always shooting at location and it butts up against caller's backyard and kids are always out there, Bay Lane NE. Driving complaint, vehicle all over the road, County Road 7 NW. Animal complaint, caller wanted a check on a dog in a front yard on a zipline, not sure if it had food or water, Casa Marina Road NW.
Adam Barnett believes Lake Brophy County Park is one of the best assets in the region "hands down." Barnett, who works for JLG Architects, and Brad Bonk, Douglas County park superintendent, presented information to Douglas County commissioners Tuesday about a new proposed visitor center for the park.
Susan Crotteau has officially been hired as the deputy registrar/license director of the Douglas County License Bureau. The Douglas County Board approved the hiring effective Tuesday, July 16. In May, Crotteau was appointed interim director after Angie Steele resigned from her position due to health reasons. Crotteau, who was one of two finalists for the position, previously worked as a title clerk at the license bureau for three years.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, July 17 Suspicious activity, caller reported group of kids in roadway, Maple Drive SE. Driving complaint, vehicle swerving all over the road, Interstate 94, mile marker 90. Driving complaint, vehicle swerving all over the road, County Road 87 SW. Parking complaint, vehicle in no parking zone, 7th Avenue W. Suspicious activity, caller believes his medications were delivered to wrong address, North Nelson Street, Nelson.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, July 16 Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, North Lake Jessie Road SE. Suspicious activity, locked vehicle was gone through overnight, Crestwood Drive NE. Theft, purse stolen from unlocked vehicle, Shadow Lane SE. Lost animal, caller reported a calf, less than a week old, was missing, County Road 4w SW. Misc. public, caller reported someone is moving a trailer house and they are crossing other peoples' property, causing damage, Forada Beach Road SE.
As dozens of cancer survivors, sporting purple shirts, walked the first lap, hundreds of Relay for Life participants lined the track, providing a round of applause in their honor. Smiles, tears and hugs were all a part of the 2019 Douglas County Relay for Life. The 29th annual event took place Friday, July 12, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, July 15 Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, County Road 73 NE, Nelson. Personal injury crash, vehicle rear-ended a dump truck, County Road 1 SW, Kensington. Fraud, caller was selling boat online and was sent a fraudulent check, County Road 34 NW. Driving complaint, vehicle all over the road, County Road 82 SE, Nelson. Traffic hazard, construction equipment parking on the road, County Road 11 NE.
Due to continued high water concerns, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners has extended its no-wake restriction on 16 lakes in Douglas County. The board approved the recommendation as presented at its regular board meeting Tuesday, July 16. The restrictions will be in effect for up to 30 days, according to Dave Rush, the county's Land and Resource Management director. The 16 lakes included in the mandatory no-wake restriction are Brophy, Burgen, Carlos, Chippewa, Cowdry, Darling, Devils, Geneva, Ida, Jesse, Le Homme Dieu, Lobster, Maple, Mill, Rachel and Victoria.
An option to add an auditorium in the Brandon-Evansville School District would cost taxpayers an estimated $7.6 million.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, July 12 Vehicle in ditch, County Road 14 NE, Miltona. Water complaint, caller reported unauthorized buoys on Lake Cowdry. Parking complaint, caller reported semi parked in his driveway that needs to get out, County Road 16 NW, Brandon.