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Kristy Eastlund (right) of Alexandria has been a volunteer with Hospice of Douglas County since last October. She currently spends time each week with hospice patient Hope Hislop of Alexandria. She is pictured here helping Hope put away groceries. (Photo by Tara Bitzan)

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Kristy Eastlund of Alexandria is a natural caregiver. She's patient, caring, compassionate and quick to offer food or help with chores when someone is in need.


Despite that, she adamantly said "no" when a friend encouraged her to become a hospice volunteer.

When asked what held her back she quickly replied, "Death."

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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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