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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While normal kidneys are the size of a person's fist, Joel Novak's kidneys are the size of a football — and they're still growing. The reason is because Novak, an Iraq veteran from Alexandria, has polycystic kidneys. This is a genetic disorder that causes cysts to grow on the inside and outside of his kidneys, enlarging them and forcing them to push on other vital organs.
Though he’s already undergone two surgeries, Todd Wunderlich, 54, has at least one more on the horizon before he will know exactly what damage his arm suffered after having it pinned in a corn picker on Thursday, Nov. 9. Wunderlich says the first two surgeries were meant to clean the injury site and assess damage, but doctors were unable to determine the extent of the damage because of swelling.
ALEXANDRIA POLICE DEPARTMENT Wednesday, November 15 Suspicious vehicle, arrested person one for fifth-degree controlled substance. Juvenile trouble, daughter did not come home from school today. Public assist, assisting with a ride home. Suspicious activity, comp called non-emergency line stating there was an elderly male standing in the middle of the road.
The play of "Tuck Everlasting" doesn't quite fit one specific genre — and that's exactly the reason that the Alexandria Area High School theater department has enjoyed bringing it to life. According to assistant director Raymond Noble, the musical is different than any other show the department has produced.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, November 14 Littering complaint, someone is dumping trash near his property, Alex. Suspicious activity, Alex. Public assist, comp has questions regarding a theft from 2016. Littering complaint, truck near the turkey barns dumping what looked like manure/bedding on the roadway, Osakis.
Volunteers were graced with mild weather in comparison to past years as they took to the streets of Alexandria with cardboard signs in hand on the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 14. Hosted by West Central Minnesota Communities Action, the third annual “Cardboard Brigade” event aimed to bring awareness to hunger and homelessness, as November 11-19 is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Friday, November 10 Suspicious vehicle, unoccupied, Alex. Criminal damage to property, reporting some people he knows boxed his car in, threatened him and damaged his vehicle, Alex. Property damage crash, Co Rd 82 SE/Wildlife Ln SE, Osakis. Public assist, female called stating her husband beat her.
For some students, Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks can be anxiety-inducing, as they may not know when or if they will have meals while at home. But United Way of Douglas & Pope Counties is working to combat that issue. On Friday, Nov. 10, at an event organized by United Way, volunteers came together at Lakes Area Recreation to help pack 2,000 bags of food for 450 students across Douglas and Pope Counties.
The Echo Press and the Lakes Area Humane Society (LAHS) in Alexandria present this week’s “Pet of the Week” – Don. Don is a 1 to 2 year old male Guinea pig.
The fourth annual His Kids Orphan Ministry fall fundraiser will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at Lake Community Church in Alexandria. At 7 p.m., Megan and Kris Chisholm, a couple that struggled with infertility for years and ultimately adopted a baby girl, will share their adoption story. A silent auction and food will be available until 8 p.m.