Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.
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Does your organization offer healthy activities for youth and families? If so, you may be a perfect fit for the first-ever Wellness Expo, hosted by the Healthy Voices Healthy Choices coalition. The coalition, which works within the Alexandria Area to prevent underage alcohol use, is holding a Wellness Expo from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Alexandria Area High School.
Another anchor in the Viking Plaza Mall will soon be closing its doors. Bon-Ton Inc. — the parent company of Herberger's — is going out of business after the company announced Wednesday that the sale of its inventory and assets to liquidators was approved by a bankruptcy court. The company, which previously filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, operates more than 250 stores under a number of brands, including Herberger's, Younkers and Elder-Beerman. Herberger's was founded in Minnesota, with its first store opening in Osakis in 1889.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, April 17 Check welfare of person, possibly suicidal, mom called, all OK, Miltona. City nuisance/violation, spoke with person one about the garbage in the back of his pickup, Evansville. Public assist, student didn’t show up to school, all OK, Brandon.
Transition Tech doesn't offer your average classes. Instead, the program — which offers support for special education students after graduation — holds classes on money management, physical fitness, grocery shopping and cooking, service learning and more. During a presentation before the Alexandria School Board Monday, April 16, its staff explained how the Alexandria-based program assists special education students with healthy independent living, community participation and employment.
As a bird watcher for Cornell University's Project FeederWatch for the past four years, Viola Riggle of Alexandria has seen her share of birds. But this spring she is seeing something a little different: the common redpoll, a small songbird in the finch family. "We hadn't ever seen them before and they've been around almost a month here now," she said. "They're in large numbers, like 50 to 100 sometimes. They're just hanging tight here until things warm up to go farther north. Usually they'd have been long gone by now."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, April 16 Property damage crash, Co Rd 23 SE/Hamann Rd SE, Alex. Public assist, questions about license plates, Alex. Check welfare of person, female contacted Healthpartners via email saying she wanted to stab herself and her doctor didn't care, Carlos.
The Alexandria Area YMCA is well on its way to its annual fundraising goal, with the help of a breakfast fundraising event held last week. The breakfast Thursday, April 12, was part of the fundraising campaign Strong Kids, which is a scholarship program for kids and families that may not be able to afford 'Y' memberships.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, April 13 Child custody matter, ex went to daycare and picked up their 2-year-old son when it was her weekend to have him, Alex. Fraud, Alex. Check welfare of person, comp wants family checked on, believes that they are staying in the "carriage house" at grandmother's resort property, complaint unfounded, Alex.
There was a slight commotion in downtown Alexandria Friday morning around 9 a.m., as the Douglas County SWAT team entered a home in the area of Seventh Avenue and Kenwood Street. They were conducting a narcotics search warrant, according to a media release, which states that Justin Michael Caswell, 36, of Alexandria, was taken into custody for methamphetamine-related crimes.
Brad and Kristie Kirckof have two goals in mind: To keep everything the same and to continue the tradition started in 1955 by Norman Hansen to provide the Osakis area with “the best quality food at fair prices in a pleasant family-friendly atmosphere.” The Kirckofs, who live in Sauk Centre, said they are truly excited about this next chapter in their lives – as the new owners of the Tip Top Dairy Bar, an iconic business on West Nokomis Street in Osakis for more than 60 years.