Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.
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Water is a finite resource and people converged last week in Alexandria to explore the state’s water resource issues. The State of Water Conference drew about 260 community members, state...
Howard Hanson’s hobby is hard to describe, but here goes: It’s junkyard art crossed with metalwork finesse. “I get crazy ideas and then it’s a challenge to see if I...
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- “I saw the flash out of the left side corner of my eye and I felt something hit my chest. I heard that noise and I knew right away that things had just changed.” One year ago, on a dark rural driveway, Douglas County Deputy Sheriff Dustin Alexander was shot in the line of duty. In just 94 seconds, he went from doing a routine vehicle check to being shot at five times. That night
One teen was killed and two others were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash Friday. According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO), at 2:43 a.m., a passerby reported the crash on County Road 23 just south of Busch Road SE, between Alexandria and Forada. Deputies arrived and found three, 17-year-old victims - Michael William Scott Schluter died at the scene and the other two victims, Jonathan Thomas Salto and Jordan Andrew Grueneich, were injured and taken to Douglas County Hospital, then airlifted to other facilities.
Carrying a deadly virus? Infrared camera could help others know who’s ill A company with an Alexandria connection is part of a global effort to limit the spread of deadly viruses like Ebola. Gary Strahan of Alexandria is CEO of Infrared Cameras Inc., which developed a thermal imaging system used in places such as airports to spot someone with a fever — a potentially infected person — before that person is allowed to spread an infection globally. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is making headlines around the world.
After a full day of meetings, phone calls and talking with clients, Bob Carter, a Realtor in Alexandria, noticed it was getting harder to speak loudly by the end of the day. “I’ve never had that problem before, and I had no idea it had anything to do with Parkinson’s disease,” he said. Carter, 68, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012. “I found out that’s something that’s common with the disease,” he said.
GLENWOOD, Minn. -- A Starbuck woman was found guilty of murder Wednesday in the death of a 4-year-old boy in her care and was immediately sentenced to life in prison. A jury in Pope County District Court convicted Amanda Peltier on three counts in the death of Eric Dean: first-degree murder while committing child abuse with a past pattern of child abuse, second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony and second-degree manslaughter. Eighth District Judge Gerald Seibel handed down the life sentence.
GLENWOOD, Minn. -- Four-year-old Eric Dean was an abused child and, ultimately, a homicide victim, according to Ramsey County Medical Examiner Michael McGee. McGee testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Amanda Peltier, who is charged in Pope County District Court with killing the boy while caring for him last year at her Starbuck home. On Feb. 26, 2013, she allegedly became upset with Eric and “launched” him across a room. After becoming ill, the boy was taken to a hospital, and he died on Feb.
The Alexandria Police Department (APD) has released the names of the two people killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday night in Alexandria. The victims were Howard Ogaard, 59, and Beverly Palmer, 56, both of Alexandria. Both were found dead at the crash scene and they were not wearing helmets, according to APD. Ogaard was driving the 2002 Honda motorcycle and Palmer was his passenger. The crash happened around 9:15 p.m.
EVANSVILLE, Minn. -- It’s not always a squad car, firetruck or ambulance that comes to the rescue. Sometimes, an everyday hero shows up in a big orange truck. Jeff Holte...