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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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.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — Miles Weske, the North Memorial flight paramedic who almost lost his life in a helicopter crash in Alexandria last year, and his wife, Brooklyn, say they will pursue legal action against North Memorial after changes to his employment status. The legal action taken will be on grounds of discrimination, after Miles was recently terminated from North Memorial Air Care while still recovering from severe injuries suffered in the company helicopter crash.
STAPLES, Minn.—A 25-year-old Miltona man is being held at the Otter Tail County Jail on charges of fleeing a peace officer in a stolen motor vehicle at speeds of up to 95 mph. According to the Independent News Herald in Clarissa, citing information from the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, Tyler Scott Schmidtbauer was arrested after leading officers on a 20-mile pursuit in a stolen vehicle.
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.