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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A 51-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada man is dead after veering into the median in a construction zone near the Garfield exit on Interstate 94 on Tuesday, Sept. 19. According to the state patrol report, the Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling westbound in the contruction zone, which has east and westbound traffic confined to the westbound lanes. The driver crossed from the westbound lane into the eastbound lane, then into the center media, where he struck a cable barrier post. The driver was ejected and struck another cable post, resulting in fatal injuries.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Monday, September 18 Fire, grass, Evansville. Suspicious vehicle, vehicle with male and female in it, comp believes it could be part of a group of vehicles that has been driving recklessly in the area lately, unable to locate, Nelson. Public assist, assistance getting property, Alex. Littering complaint, mattresses in ditch, Evansville.
The Echo Press and the Lakes Area Humane Society (LAHS) in Alexandria present this week’s “Pet of the Week” – Viktor. Viktor is a 2 to 3 year old male cat.
The first court appearance of the three men suspected in the kidnapping and assault of a 15-year-old Alexandria girl drew a nearly full courtroom at the Douglas County Courthouse on Monday, Sept. 18. The men — Thomas Barker, 32, of Carlos, Steven Powers, 20, of Benson and Joshua Lee Holby, 31, of Carlos — each waived a reading of the criminal complaint and did not enter a plea. Barker, Powers and Holby are expected to appear in court for the second time in six to eight weeks.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, September 15 Property damage crash, Co Rd 17 SE/Co Rd 31 SE, Alex. Public assist, kid crying on side of road, crying because his friend ditched him and took of running from him, person one was attempting to walk home with both his bikes, transported person one home with his bikes, Alex. Saturday, September 16
Spectators dressed in Alexandria apparel lined the sidewalks on Broadway Avenue as they watched float after float pass by. The Alexandria Homecoming parade took place Saturday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. and featured floats from Alexandria school sports and activities, as well as local businesses. For the Homecoming game, the Alexandria Area High School football team took on the Brainerd Warriors at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Despite the on and off rain, hundreds of impressed spectators looked on as dogs jumped, flipped and zig-zagged during the 17th annual Carlos Creek Grape Stomp on Saturday, Sept. 16. The show was put on by Stunt Dog Productions, a company from California that features rescue dogs that have been trained for tricks and stunts.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, September 14 Public assist, has questions on age limits and laws when pulling a horse trailer, Alex. Check welfare of person, person one has a brain bleed and is not to be driving, person one called the comp and left a message saying “I have no family” and “Good bye,” spoke with person one by phone and he is in Fergus Falls, stated that he is OK now and with family, Carlos.
"I remember it like it was yesterday. The eerie feeling before I found out the news. The radio page. Hugging my work partner goodbye. The emotionless drive to the Cities. The sounds of the ICU. And the smell of my fiancée who was dying in front of my eyes." It's been one year since Brook Weske's life as she knew it came to an abrupt halt. Early morning on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, a North Memorial Air Ambulance helicopter carrying Brook's now-husband, flight paramedic Miles Weske, crashed along the shore of Lake Winona in Alexandria.
Fifty dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey are alive today because Douglas County residents stepped up to the plate. The dogs, which arrived in Douglas County on Thursday, Sept. 14, came from around Houston, one of the hardest hit areas. The idea originated with Shawna Dahl of Alexandria, who then connected with her friend Delia McLinden, an animal lover from Texas.