Douglas County News

03/10/2018 08:03 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Minnesota briefs: It's maple syrup season in state parks 

Updated mugshot of Thomas Barker from Meeker County Jail, where he was moved to from Douglas County Jail to separate him and other inmates in the Alexandria kidnapping case. Maple sap runs best when daytime temperatures are in the high 30s to mid-40s and overnight temperatures are below freezing.

02/26/2018 09:18 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Man charged in fatal Alexandria stabbing pleads guilty to lesser charge 

ALEXANDRIA, Minn.-A 30-year-old Alexandria man accused in a 2013 fatal stabbing pleaded guilty to count one of manslaughter Monday, Feb. 26. Kody Lee Klimek was charged last September with two second-degree murder counts - intentional and unintentional - and a third-degree murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of Phillip Altstadt, 28, on June 1, 2013, outside an apartment complex in Alexandria. In May 2014, Klimek faced the same charges, but they were dismissed because two key witnesses could not be located.

02/20/2018 07:32 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Abduction suspect seeks 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.

02/14/2018 05:46 PM  ~~~Source~~~
Woman accused of swindling people she met online out of $375,000 

A Nebraska woman is accused of swindling people she met on dating websites and online fish forums out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Julie Cahlaway, 38, sought out men on dating websites for women seeking affluent men and online forums for exotic fish enthusiasts, and convinced them she was suffering from medical and legal issues, Lt.