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.—As the flames from candles danced in the low light across the sanctuary, tears were shed. Prayers were said. Stories were told. On the evening of Friday, Aug. 18, approximately 70 people gathered for a candlelight vigil and prayer service held in honor of Jasmine Block, a 15-year-old from Alexandria who has been missing since Tuesday, Aug. 8. Kevin Taylor, the director of the non-profit youth group Youth for Christ, opened the vigil, which was held at New Life Christian Church in Alexandria. He spoke about who Jasmine was and prayed for her return.
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.'"
OSAKIS, Minn. — While visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Kenneth Johnson of Osakis had one thing on his mind: finding the name of a young man he'd served with in 1969 — a young man who was killed in action. "I wanted to see one name in particular," Johnson said. "He and I had one thing in common: We both extended and went back over (to Vietnam) a second time. And that's when he was killed."
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — After suffering debilitating headaches, blackouts and even seizures, 27-year-old Isaac Gorham knew something was wrong. A doctor told him he had viral meningitis. As a medical student at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, this wasn't a diagnosis Isaac accepted. So, he made another appointment, this time with a neurologist. But he never made it to that appointment.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — After her 27-year-old daughter Brittany died in May, Donna Chan wanted to place something special at her gravesite at the Geneva Cemetery near Alexandria. She scoured the internet until she located two ceramic-look-alike figurines to represent the service dogs who helped care for Brittany, who had special needs. Chan then she placed the statues by Brittany's headstone, so the dogs were watching over her daughter just as they had done when she was alive.
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.
Douglas County sheriff's deputies arrested Brandon Lee Cada, 23, of Alexandria Wednesday as a suspect in the motorcycle pursuit that took place on Tuesday, June 6. The motorcycle was impounded as evidence and could be forfeited, according to the sheriff's office.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — Brake lights are the last thing Jeff Schroeder of Parkers Prairie, Minn., remembers seeing before his motorcycle collided with the back of a pickup truck on Monday, May 10. After that, he says, he only recalls bits and pieces. But one thing he remembers clearly is the face of Jim Thomes, an off-duty EMT from Long Prairie, Minn., who happened to be driving by when the crash occurred. Thomes and another passerby quickly sprang into action, doing a full-body assessment on Schroeder and keeping him calm until the ambulance arrived.
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.