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Last Friday, the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its spring luncheon at Alexandria City Hall and featured a panel discussion on the value of tourism in the region. Panelists included Sara Stadtherr, Alexandria Hotel and Hospitality; Jeff Wild, Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center; and Tami Bredeson, Carlos Creek Winery. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

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Tourism is flourishing in Douglas County and there’s proof in the stats from 2013:


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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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