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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DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, July 17 Suspicious activity, comp saw kids run into pasture, searched area, unable to locate. Suspicious activity, caller stated someone is outside, can hear moving around, checked area, nothing located. Suspicious activity, caller stated male is outside ringing doorbell, banging on the door.
Although donations are still being tallied, this year's Douglas County Relay for Life event is expected to raise close to $155,000. Lorene Pitcher, event lead for this year's Relay for Life, speculated that the hot, steamy weather Friday night, with temperatures nearing 90 degrees, may have kept some from attending the annual event. But she estimated between 900 to 1,000 people participated. "We want to thank the teams, the committee and the community," Pitcher said. "They are what makes it such a success."
Judy Meyer has been in the retail business her whole life. In seventh grade, she worked at a store in St. Paul owned by her father, Carl Watrud, earning 25 cents per hour bagging Easter candy. Now, at age 76, Meyer is permanently retiring and closing up her shop, the Ben Franklin store in downtown Alexandria. She hopes to close on Aug. 20 — 54 years to the day her father opened the store. "I want to be done by Labor Day," she said.
It was a hot and steamy sunshine-filled Saturday for the 27th annual Roddin' Round the Lake Show-n-Shine car show. The Roddin' Round the Lake two-day event, organized by the Central Lakes Cruzers of Osakis, included not only the car show, but also a customer appreciation dinner, auction, kids games and prize drawings. There were an estimated 120 vintage vehicles, some dating as far back as the 1930s, on display along Main Street in Osakis during the car show.
The Brandon-Evansville School Board unanimously approved the hiring of ICS Consulting to help the school district address its facility issues and needs at its Monday night meeting. The hiring of the consulting firm has the potential for leading to either the building of one or two new schools or the remodeling of existing buildings. The two schools — one in Brandon that was built in 1957 and one in Evansville that was built in 1917 — are aging and both buildings have their share of issues, including non-secure entrances, roof leaks and boiler problems.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, July 13 Criminal damage to property, mailbox was destroyed, left a wooden cross with red fabric over it at the scene. Noise complaint, caller reported the Habitat for Humanity crew that is building a house is using very loud equipment at 6:30 a.m., Brandon. Public assist, comp concerned about property owner shooting near his property.
Another successful Douglas County Relay for Life event took place Friday night in Alexandria. With temperatures nearing 90 degrees, participants were encouraged to drink plenty of water and take a break when needed. The annual event, held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, has brought in nearly $124,000 so far, according to the Douglas County Relay for Life website. The top team, once again, was Alexandria Industries, which raised $71,685. Watch Wednesday's Echo Press for more on this year's event.
If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Mike Kutzke, a retired law enforcement officer, says that old adage really holds true. Kutzke has worked with people who have fallen victim to fraud of all kinds. He has taken what he has learned on the subject and is sharing it with others, including those who attended this year's Senior Expo.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Wednesday, July 11 Crash with deer, motorcycle collided with deer, driver transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Andes Road Southwest, County Road 107 Southwest, Kensington. Driving complaint, caller had questions about side-by-sides driving on road. Animal complaint, caller reported skunk in trap.
Joey and Scott Anderson, along with their sister, Tammy Young, want to give back to the community — in a big way. A little over a year ago, they purchased a 140-acre piece of property along County Road 45 in southwest Alexandria that includes a lake known to many as Lake Bountiful. The property, originally owned by Adolph Wagner, was purchased by the Anderson family from Tastefully Simple.