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 12-year-old girl who drowned in Alexandria on April 28 entered the water on her own before getting swept up in the current and going under water, according to a media release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The release also states that JaLysa Anne Cook of Alexandria died as a result of freshwater drowning, based on the findings of Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—After being diagnosed with bone cancer in her spine at age 5 and undergoing surgery, as well as receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments, 24-year-old Kayla Streich of Alexandria was told it wasn't likely that she would ever walk again or be able to have children. But through a lifetime of surgeries and obstacles, the odds have never been something Streich has paid attention to.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Miles Weske, the North Memorial flight paramedic who almost lost his life in a helicopter crash in Alexandria last year, and his wife, Brooklyn, say they will pursue legal action against North Memorial after changes to his employment status. The legal action taken will be on grounds of discrimination, after Miles was recently terminated from North Memorial Air Care while still recovering from severe injuries suffered in the company helicopter crash.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—The man who brought traffic on Interstate 94 to a standstill Saturday was high on drugs when he fled the Douglas County emergency room before stealing two cars, according to court documents.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A call that began as a stolen vehicle over the weekend ended with traffic at a standstill on Interstate 94 as numerous law enforcement agencies worked to apprehend Brett Huber who had climbed on top of a semi-truck. About 1:51 p.m. Saturday, March 18, the Alexandria Police Department received a report of a vehicle stolen from NAPA Auto Parts in Alexandria.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—The fact that 38-year-old James Sundby of Wadena is alive after driving his car off an embankment, flying over 210 feet of open water and coming to rest on the ice of Lake L'Homme Dieu is what Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels calls a "miracle." After surviving the crash, Sundby apparently waded through the frigid lake water and then in and out of a nearby home before law enforcement could find him.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Rick Horman knew the exact moment his 23-year law enforcement career came to an end. "I just got on my tractor and started cutting the grass," he recalled. "The tears are just flowing down my face because I knew I was finished. I was done as a cop. I hated it because I loved the job, but I just knew that was it." The year was 1999, and Horman's breaking point came after a series of events in his career that resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
A level-three sex offender who resides in Alexandria has been located and is in custody, after being reported missing Friday morning.
ROBBINSDALE—Brooklyn Weber awoke to the sound of her pager. Since she is a flight nurse with Sanford Medical Center and her fiance, Miles Weske, is a flight and ground paramedic, being awoken in the middle of the night was routine. It was about 3 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. After determining her team was unable to take the call, Weber attempted to fall back asleep during her shift at the AIRMED hangar at the Bemidji airport.
ALEXANDRIA—The rain came quickly Monday morning, flooding low-lying areas, but didn't cause any serious damage as it moved through Douglas County in central Minnesota. "We had a few trees down, and some roads had water over top of them but the water receded fairly quickly," said Troy Wolbersen, Douglas County sheriff and director of emergency management. "As far as reports we received, it was nothing too serious." Though serious damage was minimal, the heavy rainfall did flood parking lots and prompted a flash flood warning for southern Douglas County.