Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. She enjoys running and has participated in nearly 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon distances.
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WASHINGTON — At this Thanksgiving celebration, there could only be one "Drumstick." Two Alexandria, Minn., turkeys were gobbling up attention at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. But only one ended up in the spotlight in a ceremony televised and streamed live on social media.
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."
A 35-year-old Hoffman woman was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital after a two-vehicle crash early Monday on Highway 27 at the intersection of Highway 114 west of Alexandria. Rachel Gulbrandson was driving a 2004 Pontiac Sunfire eastbound on Highway 27. Kale Hensel, 29, of Park Rapids, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Highway 27, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The crash report stated that Hensel was turning southbound onto to Highway 114 and failed to yield and the two vehicles collided.