Celeste Edenloff, a reporter for the Echo Press, has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from May of 1999 to February 2011, and is happy to be back and once again sharing the stories of the people in this community. Besides being a reporter, Celeste is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching bootcamp classes through Snap Fitness. She also enjoys running and has participated in more than 170 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
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A brother to the two chosen presidential turkeys raised by Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg of Alexandria visited the State Capitol this morning. The turkey, named Truman, along with 4-H member Katie Kent of Alexandria, took part in the annual Thanksgiving ceremony with Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith. The turkey will not be pardoned, but will be processed and donated to a food shelf.
Craig Bjerke has a heart of gold, is compassionate to the point of it feeling like a blunt force trauma, speaks the truth whether someone wants to hear it or not, and possesses an undeniable love for God and teaching of the Bible, family and friends said. They added that he also loves a good prank and surprising people when they least expect it. Bjerke was himself surprised Friday afternoon when he received this year's Ernie Unruh Christian Award. He had attended the Unity Foundation luncheon thinking someone else was the honoree.
Actively making strides for individuals who struggle with mental illness is just one of the reasons the Alexandria Police Department earned the Criminal Justice Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Minnesota. "They recognize that by ignoring the problem or just bringing them (patients) to jail does nothing but create an escalating revolving door and does nothing to treat the person," said Kesha Anderson-Trinka with Region 4 South Adult Mental Health Consortium, the person who nominated the department.
For the past four years, lung cancer survivor Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach has been sharing her message — if you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. It's that plain and simple, she says. And not only has the Osakis resident tried to spread that message across the United States, she recently traveled to Germany where she took part in a global patient panel with the pharmaceutical company Boeringer Ingelheim.
A staple in the Miltona community — Miltona Grocery — will be shutting its doors next month and although community members are sad, they are understanding. The store, owned and operated by Bob Guetter for the past 25 years, will be closing Saturday, Dec. 9. "I can see his point," said regular customer Reiny Luedeke. "But it's a bad deal for the town." You will find Luedeke at Miltona Grocery often as he is a member of one of two coffee clubs that meet at the store six days a week.
Wearing tan pants and a dark colored sweatshirt with shackles on his hands and feet, a teary-eyed Julio Estrada Escobar admitted that he's made mistakes but he wants a different life for his children. "They need to be raised and taught good moral values," Escobar said, glancing a look at his two children, Julio, 13, and Candis, 11. "I want to teach them to be good."
A piece of Brandon's history — an iconic building situated in the heart of the city — needs the community's help. The Brandon Auditorium, which houses not only the Brandon History Center, but serves as the hub for numerous community events, needs work. The kitchen, with its original sink, needs a major update and the cracked and bubbled walls of the gymnasium need to be fixed. To help with the estimated $40,000 cost of the project, the Brandon History Center will host a fundraiser next week.
Pro-Ag Farmers Cooperative is following suit of other cooperatives in the state by offering health insurance to its members. So far, the response from members have been very positive, according to Mark Jaskowiak, the general manager of Pro-Ag. "Last year, a lot of our members had a difficult time finding insurance and hopefully this will help," Jaskowiak said. "This gives our members another option for health insurance."
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Tuesday, November 7 Suspicious vehicle, comp saw headlights in window, lives on a dead end road and concerned since there is not much traffic, Alex. Suspicious vehicle, vehicle has been driving around the park the last two mornings, Alex.
Radio announcer Joe Korkowski would love to tell you about his baseball vacation. Unfortunately, it will be a few weeks before he can really talk. That's because he broke his jaw while warming up before the first game of the Roy Hobbs World Series amateur tournament in Fort Myers, Florida. Despite the horrific injury, Korkowski went ahead and played anyway. "I had been waiting to play down there for so long, I didn't want to give up before I even got to start, so I played the whole game," Korkowski replied in an email as his jaw is currently wired shut.