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.—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. — With her three children back under one roof, Sarah Block says she can rest easy — well, as easy as one can rest with three teenage girls. In the past two and a half months, the Block family has been doing its best to get back to normal life after police say 15-year-old Jasmine was abducted and held against her will by three men for nearly one month before she escaped Sept. 5.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on Oct. 31, 2017. ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A 24-year-old man arrested in connection to a fatal shooting at the University of Utah on Monday, Oct. 30, has ties to Alexandria. The suspect, Austin Boutain, is also suspected of being connected to a homicide in Colorado, police said Tuesday. He has a brother who lives in Alexandria and other family in Minnesota.
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.—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.
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 — When Frankie Jost was just 8 years old, she participated in her first wakesurfing competition. Though it was her first competition, Frankie was intent on competing in the toughest division possible. "She was like, 'Well I want to be in the women's division,'" recalled Mike Jost, Frankie's father. "And we're like, 'No, honey, why don't you just compete in the kid's division and get a couple trophies and experience under your belt.'" But Frankie was adamant that she was only going to compete if she could go up against the women.