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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The Osakis Hunger Coalition is hosting a "Soup and Sandwich Meal" this Sunday, Jan. 21. The event, which begins at 11 a.m. at the Osakis Community Center, will feature chili or chicken wild rice soup, sandwich and homemade pie. Free-will donations will be accepted and will go to support the Backpack Attack program in Osakis.
A new year means a new board chair for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. After a motion was made by Commissioner Jerry Rapp and a second was made by Commissioner Keith Englund, Commissioner Owen Miller was elected to take over as board chair. Miller replaces Commissioner Jim Stratton, who served as the chair for both 2016 and 2017. Rapp represents the city of Osakis and Osakis Township as District 3 commissioner. The district also includes the cities of Miltona, Nelson and Carlos and the townships of Miltona, Spruce Hill, Orange, Carlos and Belle River.
Judging for the Osakis Review/Echo Press's Light up the Night Christmas lights contest was tough again this year as there were plenty of beautiful displays. As in the past, all Douglas County residents and businesses were eligible to win, except for last year's winners. An Osakis entry was a winner this year. Robbie Alverson's display of a lighted reindeer, moose, Christmas star, nativity scene and more at 108 Lavens Lakeview Drive took home the prize for Most Unique.
When Douglas County set its preliminary levy in September, property owners would have seen a 4 percent increase in their property taxes. However, after refining the budget, Douglas County commissioners, at the annual Truth in Taxation meeting Thursday night, approved an increase of only 1.8 percent — 2.2 percent less than previously planned.
About a year ago, Lori Rasmusen had a small idea that ended up snowballing into a new business that officially opened Monday, Dec. 11. "There She Glows," a spray-tanning business, is now open in the Lillian Building, 211 First Avenue East, in Osakis. Rasmusen will be available to do spray tans by appointment only, mainly on weeknights and weekends as she works full time with autistic children at Behavioral Dimensions. Rasmusen, a 2003 Osakis graduate, now lives near Glenwood with her fiance, Mike Blom.
Osakis residents and businesses with brightly lit Christmas decorations could snag a prize for their efforts. The Echo Press/Osakis Review fourth annual Light Up the Night Christmas lights contest is open to everyone in Douglas County. Along with a business category, there are four categories for individual residences. Winners from 2016 are not eligible for the 2017 contest. Here are the categories: • Best Decorated Business: Judging is based on the storefront.
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.
The great outdoors and conservation are two ways to sum up the Osakis Sportsmen Club. But, there is also one other way — giving back to the community. Over the years, the group, which was originally organized as the Osakis Area Sportsmen's Association, has given back to the community through sponsorships, events and donations. And one of the latest groups to be rewarded by the group's generosity is the Osakis Archery Club.
If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer. That is the message lung cancer survivor Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach has been sharing for the past four years. Engfer-Triebenbach of Osakis will be hosting Painting for a Cause and Silent Auction, a Shine a Light Lung Cancer Alliance fundraiser. The event will take place Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., at the Osakis Lutheran Church.
ST. PAUL—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."