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Jim Eidsvold has been named grand marshal of 2012 Vikingland Band Festival. Eidsvold is holding a cup from the 1994 Fiesta Bowl - the Alexandria High School Marching Band was named grand champion of that parade. He and his wife, Anne, were chaperones on that trip. (Photo by Tara Bitzan)

The leader of the bands

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The Vikingland Band Festival (VBF) committee recently announced that Jim Eidsvold of Alexandria was named grand marshal of the 2012 VBF parade marching championship.

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Eidsvold was selected for the honor because of his dedication to the festival and to the Jefferson High School (JHS) Marching Band.

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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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