Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.
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Interstate 94 between Alexandria and Osakis was reopened around 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning after a semi rolled over. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the right lane near mile marker 108 is still blocked until the semi can be removed from the roadway. Reportedly, the semi was westbound on Interstate 94 when the driver, who has not yet been named, swerved to miss a group of deer standing on the roadway. The semi rolled over, blocking both lanes of traffic. The crash happened shortly before 2:30 a.m.
Shortly after 3 a.m., the Minnesota State Patrol issued a news release stating motorists on Interstate 94 will encounter a temporary detour between exit 103 near Alexandria and exit 114 near Osakis dur to a semi rollover. The roadway is closed in the west bound direction and the detour route is I-94 to Hwy 27 and Douglas County Road 82. As of 5:30 a.m., the road was still closed. Once the crash is cleared, the road will reopen.
An incident that started in Osakis and ended in Sauk Centre Thursday left a Stearns County deputy with a shot in the forearm by an arrow and the suspect with gunshots to the left shoulder, buttocks and hand. The suspects is a 31-year-old man from the Osakis/Alexandria area. According to a news release from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, here’s what happened:
A suspect is in custody in Stearns County after a standoff in Sauk Centre earlier today, Thursday, Sept. 13. According to Osakis Police Chief Chad Gulbranson, a stolen vehicle was reported in Douglas County and a chase ensued, ending in Sauk Centre. The Sauk Centre Police Department posted on its Facebook page that because of a standoff, a soft lockdown was taken as a precautionary measure at the schools. Homes in the area of the 700 block of 10th Street South in Sauk Centre were also evacuated.
Reconstruction of County Road 3, between County Road 10 and County Road 71 north of Osakis, will begin Monday, Sept. 10. According to Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley, the first operation will be to grind the existing asphalt surface, which will be salvaged and used as temporary gravel while the grading work is being done.
Five people were taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning on County Road 82. The crash happened between Nelson and Osakis, at the intersection with Smith Lake Road SE and a frontage road, Wildlife Loop, at approximately 11:20 a.m. Thursday.
Salaries were set for all four elected county officials and county commissioners, with increases approved for the Douglas County attorney, sheriff and auditor/treasurer. The salary increases and one decrease were approved at a Douglas County Board budget meeting Aug. 21 for three of the four elected officials. The auditor/treasurer's salary was approved at an earlier budget meeting.
Another Douglas County Fair is in the history books and Osakis residents were part of it — entering 4-H categories, going on rides, munching on a corndog or just taking in the sights and sounds of the annual get-together. The fair wrapped up a four-day run Sunday a little earlier than expected as heavy rains started pouring down shortly after 6 p.m. and didn't let up for several hours.
During high school, Dawn Dailey worked at the Douglas County Library, which at the time was in the Carnegie building on 7th Avenue West in Alexandria. Fast forward a few years and Dailey is now in charge of the Douglas County Library. She expected to be formally introduced to the county board as the new library director Tuesday, Aug. 7.
Two Osakis High School students brought home awards from the Family Career and Community Leaders of America national leadership conference that took place in Atlanta, Georgia. Anna Woidyla finished first in the nation in the Advocacy Junior category and Adam Petrick was 39th in the Illustrated Talk division. Kelsey McKim, chapter advisor for the Osakis FCCLA, is proud of all her students and said the outcome at the national level was impressive.