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, Minn.—Danny Sieve needed a way to get his three daughters out of the house and away from the screens of electronics. So he began blowing snow into a large pile near a tree in his Alexandria yard. He molded the snow against the tree and began carving into it, making his way through the yard until he'd formed a track. Then he took a hose to the course, creating ice along the track, until he had formed his very own backyard luge.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—One of the three defendants in the Jasmine Block abduction case is seeking to suppress evidence. Steven Powers, 20, appeared in court on Thursday, Feb. 15. He faces charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment. Powers' attorney requested another hearing, during which they plan to file motions to suppress evidence, according to Douglas County attorney Chad Larson. It is not clear yet what evidence they seek to suppress.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—It was a sad, skinny horse named Jeb that set it all in motion. "His pasture consisted of 15 feet of nothing but dirt due to him eating down to the roots with no water," Jeanie Young said. "He was severely dehydrated and about 200 pounds underweight. You could tell that he had not been cared for in a long time." Young and her husband, Jim, both horse lovers and Minnesota natives, were working and attending college in Madison, Wisconsin, when Jeb came into their lives.
BRANDON, Minn. — When Adrianna Sletto realized her 2-year-old daughter Kaidence seemed to be under the weather in early December, she took her to the doctor. She was told it was a virus and was sent home. In the next few days, Kaidence's fever began to drop and she started feeling better. But over the following weeks, her cough continued. Then Sletto noticed swollen glands in the back of her daughter's neck. Knowing that could be a sign of strep throat, Sletto brought her daughter back into the clinic on Dec. 17.
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."
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.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—Law enforcement officials and volunteers spent Wednesday, Aug. 23, searching for any sign of missing Alexandria 15-year-old Jasmine Block. "The idea is to be complete and thorough with canvassing, to try and cover every possibility we possibly can to get clues as to where Jasmine's whereabouts could be," said Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels. Jasmine was last seen Aug. 8 at her home on North McKay Avenue in Alexandria.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Jacquelyn Rosenow says she first became concerned about homelessness in veterans when an acquaintance told her of a 22-year-old veteran who was living out of his car. "I started doing research and found out about Final Salute," Rosenow said. "Through them I found out about Ms. Veteran America and thought, 'If all I have to do is put on a dress and advocate for this, if I can make an impact, I'll do it.'"
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.