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 Wednesday, Nov. 14 Driving complaint, report of female who locked herself in the car, in no shape to drive, Brandon. Animal complaint, caller believes two dogs are exposed to the cold without proper shelter or food, animals checked on, dogs looked healthy and had shelter. Fraud, report that female has been deposited fraudulent checks.
Firefighters from Alexandria and Osakis are at the scene of a house fire at 150 South Nelson Street in Nelson. According to Tracy Oberg, the home's owner, he came home Friday morning to find the house filled with smoke. He was able to get his dog out of the house but not a cat. Watch for further updates as soon as they become available.
Giving back to people who serve their communities by putting their lives on the line everyday is something that's important to Adam Beaulieu. The former Alexandrian, who now lives in Texas, is an artist who creates wooden flags that use shotgun shell casings as the stars. When making the flags for law enforcement officers, Beaulieu will often add a thin blue line, representing officers who put their lives on the line each day, as one of the flag's stripes. Beaulieu has donated several of these flags to law enforcement agencies, including the Alexandria Police Department.
It may have been half the amount asked for, but the Douglas County Lakes Association will receive funding from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners for the Douglas County Water Legacy Fund. Following much discussion at a special budget meeting Wednesday afternoon, the commissioners unanimously approved taking $50,000 out of the county's capital projects budget and giving it to the lakes association. The fund will help local agencies apply for state and federal grants that require local cash contributions.
When Sandy Tubbs received a call about an award she was going to be receiving from the Minnesota Department of Health, she was quite confused. She asked the caller, "Who did that?" knowing someone had to have nominated her. Tubbs, administrator of Horizon Public Health, was told it was her staff members. "I told the person I didn't know anything about it and was told that was the point," she said with a little chuckle. "It's sure a great way to end my career."
Let's begin this story with a number: 26,814. What is its significance? That is the number of times someone was served through the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties programs and the grant recipient programs in 2017-2018. According to Jen Jabas, executive director of the United Way of Pope & Douglas Counties, the number does not reflect 26,814 different people, but what she called "touch points."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, Nov. 13 Theft, caller reported portable welder was stolen, Highway 29 N. Property damage crash, vehicle versus deer, Arrowwood Drive NW, County Road 22 NW. Theft, caller reported tools stolen from garage, County Road 19 NW. Water complaint, report of two young girls walking on ice by L’Homme Dieu Beach.
"It was 100 years and 10 hours ago today that World War I ended," Joel Novak said to the large crowd Sunday afternoon at Living Waters Church in Alexandria. Novak, the Alexandria American Legion Post 87 first vice commander, was the guest speaker at the Legion's annual Veterans Day program. He said that 9 million military combat warriors died as a direct result of WWI, and more than 72,000 veterans never made it home and were unaccounted for. "Just imagine if your loved one never came home," he said, adding that Veterans Day is now a day to celebrate all veterans.
The public is invited to come and decorate the Echo Press "Mitten Tree" starting Thursday, Nov. 15. The tree can be found in the lobby of the Echo Press offices, at 225 Seventh Avenue E., Alexandria. Area residents can stop by during business hours and hang a warm pair of mittens or gloves on the tree to share in the spirit of giving. Items must be new and can be for children or adults. Hats and scarves will be accepted, too. Items will be collected through Friday, Dec. 14, and then donated to the United Way the following week — just in time for Christmas!
Six years ago this month, Cliff Korkowski founded the Douglas County Car Care Program. This was after he retired from a similar program he ran in Anoka for about 10 years. Now, Korkowski has retired for good. His retirement party was held Wednesday, Nov. 7, and his official last day will be Dec. 15. The non-profit organization provides donated vehicles to qualified Douglas County residents, or repairs if they can't afford the essential maintenance on a vehicle they own.