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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ALEXANDRIA—It was Tuesday, Sept. 5, when something on the law enforcement scanner caught my attention. "She says her name is Jasmine and she matches the description," said a voice. The name Jasmine had become one heard often in our community, as 15-year-old Jasmine Block had been missing for nearly one month. Flyers were hung in storefronts and on bulletin boards, advertising the search for her. They adorned many vehicles in the area as well. "This can't be real," I remember thinking as the scanner went off. "This has to be someone playing a sick joke."
A Douglas County man said Friday he is awaiting more information from doctors as he recovers from having his arm pinned inside a piece of farm machinery. By phone on Friday, Nov. 10, Todd Wunderlich, 54, of Parkers Prairie, said he is doing well and is waiting to find out more about the extent of his injuries.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—While Jasmine Block mingled with the large number of community members that gathered to welcome her home the evening of Friday, Sept. 8, her full attention was on one creature the entire time: her new eight-week-old labradoodle puppy, Rocky, who was gathered into a bundle in the 15-year-old's arms. Jasmine, who was abducted Aug. 8 and escaped Sept. 5, was given the dog by a donor. Rocky will eventually be trained to be a service dog to bring Jasmine comfort in the aftermath of what she went through.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — When Jan Scearcy learned her granddaughter Noelle had been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition causing a fluid build up on the brain, she was instantly twice as worried as most people would be. "It was doubly hard because you're dealing with your son and daughter-in-law plus your grandchild," the Alexandria woman said. "You wonder how can you help the most and stand behind everybody." Noelle, who will be 5 in October, lives with her family in Dilworth. She was diagnosed with hydrocephalus in October 2013, right after she turned 1.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—The 25-year-old man who brought traffic to a standstill on Interstate 94 while high on drugs in March recently died at the St. Cloud Hospital after being found not breathing in his jail cell. According to the Todd County Sheriff's Office, Brett Huber was found at 1:38 p.m., June 9, in his cell not breathing. He was taken by ambulance to the Long Prairie Hospital and later airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital, where he died on June 11. The incident at the jail is currently under investigation.
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.
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.