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College idea 'spills' into fast-paced career for Alexandria woman

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When Heidi Allstop of Alexandria couldn't find the support she needed to help her through some tough times at college, she created an organization that could provide it.


In just two years, that small campus organization has grown into a national company that has helped thousands of students.

Supporting Peers in Laidback Listening (SPILL) is an e-mail-based support system that provides peer-to-peer support.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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