Mark Andrew Ruder, the driver involved in the snowmobile crash that resulted in the death of off-duty Alexandria Police Officer Patrick Callaghan, was sentenced Friday. Ruder, 25, of Alexandria was fined $90 and will pay another $85 in court fees.
ALEXANDRIA -- New details have emerged about a snowmobile crash that resulted in the death of an off-duty Alexandria Police officer, Patrick Callaghan. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and North Ambulance were called to the scene on the Central Lakes Trail near Liberty Road east of Alexandria at about 8:10 p.m.
Reports of people finding zebra mussels in Lake L'Homme Dieu continue to stream in. When Minnesota Department of Natural Resources surveyed the lake on June 26 after confirming that one zebra mussel had been found, it was like "looking for a needle in several hay stacks," said Luke Skinner, supervisor of the DNR's invasive species unit. "But now, thanks to help from the public, we have hundreds of eyes out there looking for them," he said in a telephone interview with the Echo Press Wednesday.
Two men from the Douglas County area died after their truck hit a bridge guardrail and plunged into a creek in northwest Wisconsin Sunday morning. Richard "Rick" Klimek, 38, of Lowry and his nephew, Matthew Baumann, 27, of Alexandria were pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Klimek was driving a 2001 GMC truck registered to Klimek Brothers Well Drilling of Alexandria when he failed to negotiate a curve and struck the bridge guardrail, causing the truck to overturn and land upside down in Fox Creek, north of Amery, Wisconsin. The accident, although rep
ALEXANDRIA - A 17-year-old boy's rocky relationship with his stepfather combined with frustration over household chore assignments led to a shooting Monday night, say Douglas County authorities. On Wednesday, Andrew Paul Bennewitz of Alexandria was charged with attempted first-degree murder of his stepfather, James Blenker. The Douglas County Attorney's Office also filed a motion to try Bennewitz as an adult. Here's what authorities say happened on the night of the shooting, according to the criminal complaint: A 911 caller identifying himself as Andrew Bennewitz told a Douglas County disp