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Lifestyles Expo casts a spell

Imaginick brought smiles to the faces of the crowd during the magic act at Saturday's Lifestyles Expo at Viking Plaza. Photo by Al Edenloff.1 / 3
Jackson Wiesner and Trevin Hoepner, both of Alexandria, watched intently to see how magic happened at the Expo. Photo by Al Edenloff.2 / 3
The Just for Kix dancers busted a move at Saturday's expo. The dance program teaches styles in kick, jazz, hip hop and lyrical. Photo by Shelly Beaulieu.3 / 3

"A Little Bita Everything" was the name of an Osakis ranch that brought exotic animals to the Viking Plaza Mall Saturday as part of the 18th annual Lifestyles Expo.

And that's what a steady stream of expo-goers enjoyed - a little of bit of everything.

They bopped along with the Just for Kix dancers, smiled in amazement at the antics of the Imaginick magic act, marveled at the chinchilla, skink, honey bear and other animals from the ranch, and browsed among the nearly 70 exhibitors that set up inside the mall.

The free event went well, according to Karen Jennissen, the Echo Press coordinator for the Lifestyles Expo, which was co-sponsored by Viking Plaza and the Douglas County Hospital.

She noted that the 200 chairs that were set up for the entertainment acts throughout the day quickly filled up.

Exhibitors were pleased with the activity at the mall. On their response cards, they commented on the steady public traffic, how well organized the event was and how the expo provided a good opportunity to meet potential customers.

Judging by the success of this year's event, the expo will likely return for a 19th show next spring.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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