No matter the season, if you’re planning a vacation or just looking for fun, check out Minnesota Destinations magazine, featuring popular events and hot spots around northern and west central Minnesota — Alexandria, Wadena, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids and Bemidji, just to name a few!
Professional: One who exhibits a courteous, conscientious and business-like manner; one who is competent or skilled.
The Lakes Area is full of “professionals” who serve as teachers, builders, designers, line workers, hair stylists, CEOs, food servers… and everything in between.
It’s been said that it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do it well. The people featured in this publication are obviously doing their jobs well, and have been selected as this year’s Top Professionals.
Alex Golf Club is ready
The staff and course are prepared for the 90th event
For 89 years, the Resorters Golf Tournament at the Alexandria Golf Course (AGC) has been providing memorable moments of great golf.
Every reader has a favorite something. When we asked what your favorites were, you told us by completing our Readers’ Choice survey, published online and in the Echo Press. From those entries, we compiled your favorites for 2011. Click here to see the results.
Women: Take time to focus on your health!
Women are often driven by their nurturing tendencies and become so busy caring for their husbands, children, parents, friends and everyone else that they often forget to take care of themselves.
What bride doesn’t want to be heads above the rest in terms of her wedding day ‘do? The trouble is, many brides-to-be don’t take adequate steps to ensure their wedding day tresses will be up to par, including doing a practice run and being confident with their stylists. While your hair may look picture-perfect in your mind, getting through the wedding day with hair intact takes some time and effort – and the planning process doesn’t start a week before the wedding, either.
For many couples a honeymoon is just as important as the wedding ceremony. These couples seek the best in a vacation destination – and understandably so after surviving the stress of planning a wedding.
With all the work that goes into planning a wedding, it can be easy for couples to overlook their own honeymoons. But in the middle of all those seating arrangements and reception hall negotiations, couples also need to plan and look forward to the rest and relaxation that awaits once the wedding has come and gone.
Today, more couples are looking beyond standard wedding packages and exploring customized, do-it-yourself options. According to The Wedding Report, couples spent 10 percent less on their big day in 2009 as compared to 2008, and spending from 2007 to 2009 fell by more than 30 percent.
When two people decide to get married, they’re not only combining their possessions, but they’re also bringing together unique ideas about personal finance. These ideas may bring challenges to the relationship and should be discussed beforehand for the best start to the marriage.
There are a few things about weddings that cannot be predicted or controlled, such as what Mother Nature will do on the wedding day. However, there are many items that are well within the control of the bride and groom. Proper planning can help ensure the wedding of their dreams. One of the best ways to ease wedding-day nerves is for the couple to get organized and begin planning their event the moment the engagement period begins. The earlier preparation starts, the better the chance that vendors will be able to provide what’s needed, or that changes can be made when unforeseen events pop up. By making a list of things to do, couples can allot time in their schedules for each task, and they can feel a sense of accomplishment and relief each time an item is checked off the list.
Speak to anyone who has been married for years, and you will find that communication is the key to a successful relationship. However, many couples enter marriage without really knowing their spouses, or how they feel about certain beliefs, hopes, aspirations, or even financial concerns. After the glow of the wedding is over, couples who haven’t discussed these important topics may find that stress or arguments arise from miscommunication or misunderstanding.
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