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. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.
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Grieving the death of a family member or friend can be hard and, at times, painful. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is sponsoring morning and evening sessions of a grief seminar, "Growing Through Our Grief." It will take place Mondays at 6 p.m. from Oct. 1 through Nov. 5 and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. from Oct. 2 through Nov. 6. All sessions will be held at Anderson's on Broadway, 801 Broadway St., Alexandria.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, Sept. 20 Assist other agency, report of two vehicles in parking lot, several people around, lighting fireworks. Vehicle in ditch, semi in median, rolled, blocking traffic, Interstate 94. Juvenile use of tobacco, caller found vaping paraphernalia in son’s car, he stated he bought them illegally from store in Alexandria, caller wants to do something about it, Evansville.
Douglas County commissioners approved a preliminary tax levy at Tuesday's regular board meeting. The levy was tentatively set at $27,240,300, which is a 2.99 percent increase from 2018. In 2017 the county levy was originally set at $27 million, a 3.96 percent increase, before officially being set at $26.4 million — an increase of 1.84 percent.
Randee Hall's husband called her, in the most loving way possible, a "crazy old bat." Her grandkids, who at first thought their grandma was also a little crazy, ended up thinking she was "pretty cool." What's causing all of this commotion? Hall, who is the director of community services at Bethany on the Lake in Alexandria, colored her silvery gray hair a vibrant, bright purple.
Douglas County commissioners on Tuesday halted a disputed practice of allowing lakeshore owners to expand houses and other buildings as long as they replaced sidewalks or driveways with materials that better absorbed stormwater. The moratorium was approved during the commissioner's regular board meeting following a public hearing that no one from the public attended. In August, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sent a letter to county officials notifying them that the practice, which was approved in 2006, violated state shoreland rules.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, Sept. 19 Animal complaint, caller reported two large white dogs that chase people while they are out walking, caller’s family, along with others, are afraid to walk by, Osakis. Suspicious activity, caller reported getting a phone call from what sounded like a woman in distress saying help me, no further information.
Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Osakis was reopened around 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning after a semi rolled over. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the right lane near mile marker 108 is still blocked until the semi can be removed from the roadway. Reportedly, the semi was westbound on Interstate 94 when the driver, who has not yet been named, swerved to miss a group of deer standing on the roadway. The semi rolled over, blocking both lanes of traffic. The crash happened shortly before 2:30 a.m.
The newest production at Fire Pit Productions, "The Father: A Tragic Farce," is sensitive and sheds a different light on dementia, according to its director, Quincy Roers. The play takes an emotionally intense look at the world through the eyes of Andre, who is experiencing dementia, and the dramatic illustration of the physical losses that accompany the mental ones. Roers said the play, which was written by French playwright Florian Zeller, has won numerous awards and is well-regarded in its field.
Shortly after 3 a.m., the Minnesota State Patrol issued a news release stating motorists on Interstate 94 will encounter a temporary detour between exit 103 near Alexandria and exit 114 near Osakis dur to a semi rollover. The roadway is closed in the west bound direction and the detour route is I-94 to Hwy 27 and Douglas County Road 82. As of 5:30 a.m., the road was still closed. Once the crash is cleared, the road will reopen.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Sept. 14 Suspicious vehicle, caller reported suspicious vehicle parked, driver was waiting for boyfriend. Suspicious vehicle, car parked on side of road, Nelson. Animal complaint, caller reported injured fawn on side of road, Parkers Prairie. Animal complaint, four horses running north on road, Ashby.