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Goodwin hired as liquor store manager

The Osakis City Council has officially hired Maureen "Reenie" Goodwin as the Osakis Liquor Store manager.

Four applicants were interviewed at a special meeting on Feb. 14 — Goodwin, Jeff Strizl, Nichole Devita and Randall Ralph.

After two more special meetings — Feb. 25 and March 1 — that were closed to the public, a motion was made to offer Goodwin the position with a one-year probationary period and a salary of $42,994, according to materials in the Osakis City Council packet for its March 11 meeting.

The position was originally offered to Strizl after the Feb. 14 meeting, but then at the March 1 meeting, it was offered to Goodwin, according to city council materials.

The minutes from all three of those meetings were approved at the Monday, March 11 meeting.

In other action

• The Osakis Relief Association donated $12,000 to the city of Osakis to be deposited into the Osakis Fire Relief Retirement Fund.

• The council approved hiring lifeguards for the upcoming season. If returning lifeguards need to be recertified, the city will pay the fee. A 50-cent increase was also approved for the lifeguard position, as well as the head lifeguard position.

• The hiring of three new first responders, including an 18-year-old, were approved after the council approved an amendment to the bylaws allowing 18-year-olds who haven't yet graduated to be hired. The 18-year-old is EMT-certified and could join immediately. The high school principal informed Mark Grinstead, president of the Osakis Emergency Medical Responders, that he would allow the student to leave school for medical calls, because it is similar to on-the-job training students. In addition, the council approved that the stipend for EMTs will now be paid out after 50 calls or one-year, whichever comes first.

Calls per officer

Police Chief Chad Gulbranson informed the council that calls are increasing. He provided information on the number of calls per officer the Osakis Police Department has had for January and February compared to the number of calls per officer for other departments in the area.

• Osakis Police Department had 457 calls, three officers responding, 152 calls on average for each officer.

• Alexandria Police Department had 2,480 calls, 24 officers, 103 calls on average for each officer.

• Long Prairie Police Department had 419 calls, 6 officers, 70 calls on average for each officer.

• Douglas County Sheriff's Office had 2,120 calls, 28 deputies, 76 calls on average for each deputy.

• Todd County Sheriff's Office had 1,245 calls, 19 deputies, 66 calls on average for each deputy.

Celeste Edenloff

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. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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