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, Feb. 13 Suspicious vehicle, caller reported a vehicle was parked in front of the residence, checked on, driver was just waiting for vehicle to warm up as the windows were fogged up, Carlos. Personal injury crash, rollover, Granlund Drive SW, Highway 27 W. Drug related activity, caller wanted to speak to deputy about drug use in the city, Carlos.
Senior citizens have a new face to greet them at the Douglas County Senior Services office. Joyce McIntosh, the new senior coordinator, was introduced to the Douglas County commissioners at the Tuesday, Feb. 12, county board meeting. "Welcome aboard. We're happy to have you here," said Chairman Charlie Meyer, as the other county commissioners shared their welcome greetings with McIntosh.
As a young boy, Vern Anderson envisioned owning his own company someday. His dream became a reality through the grace of God, he said, but it wasn't the business he expected to own and operate. Because of his love of building things, the 1960 Alexandria graduate thought he would have his own construction company. Instead, along with his brother, Paul, and his cousin, Bud Thoen, Anderson co-founded Douglas Machine — one of the area's most successful manufacturing businesses.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, Feb. 12 Suspicious vehicle, caller reported a vehicle parked at cemetery for four to five hours the past seven nights, checked on, the owner of the vehicle was at cemetery visiting his son’s grave, County Road 45. Vehicle in ditch, County Road 12 NW, Thoennes Lane NW, Parkers Prairie. Property damage crash, minor crash, 39th Avenue NW, County Road 82 NW, Garfield.
Calling off school because of adverse weather is not something school officials take lightly. Area superintendents say it is always a difficult decision, one that is driven by the safety of students. "Our goal is to minimize the loss of instructional time while being mindful of student safety," said Alexandria Superintendent Julie Critz. "The last two weeks of severe winter weather have been challenging for parents and staff, and winter is far from over. We expect there will be more challenging days ahead."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, Feb. 11 Vehicle in ditch, County Road 73 NE, Geneva Road NE. Assist other agency, Lake Street E., Osakis. Assist other agency, Oak Street, searching for burglary suspect. Personal injury crash, one-vehicle rollover, mile marker 98, Interstate 94.
Brandon-Evansville School Superintendent Don Peschel and Jason Splett, project development for ICS Consulting, led about 30 people on a tour of the Evansville school Monday night, eliciting several comments about the condition of the building and how certain areas really show its age. Jaci Stepan, who lives in the district and whose children attend Brandon-Evansville, called Monday's walk through even more eye-opening than what she had seen in a previous tour.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, Feb. 8 Vehicle in ditch, County Road 40 NW, County Road 8 NW. Motorist assist, stalled vehicle, County Road 73 NE, Highway 29 N. Vehicle in ditch, County Road 14 NE, County Road 3 NE, Miltona. Vehicle in ditch, County Road 14 NE, County Road 64 NE, Miltona.
Even though the bitterly cold temperatures canceled three of their rehearsals, the more than 40 cast members of Andria Theatre's production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr." have worked hard and will be ready for opening day next Friday, Feb. 15. "They've all been troopers," said the play's director, Jake Stone. "It is a really fantastic show and they've put their heart and soul into it and it shows."
The 13th annual Alexandria Industries Fishing for the Cure ice fishing tournament is slated for Saturday, Feb. 16. The tourney will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Smith Lake, between Nelson and Osakis. Prizes will be awarded for the top 100 fish by weight. However, organizers of the annual event said that beyond the prizes and of course, bragging rights for catching the biggest fish, the tournament is hands down a great way to enjoy being on the ice with family and friends. And it is all for a great cause.