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Tina & Lena comedy duo presented Meritorious Service Award

The comedy duo of Tina and Lena was presented the Meritorious Service Award from the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs in January. The two have been involved with the federation for more than 20 years. (Contributed)

The Minnesota comedy and singing duo of Tina and Lena are the ones usually dishing out the surprises, but recently they were on the receiving end of a big surprise.

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Tina (Sue Edwards) and Lena (Annette Watkin), both of Alexandria, were presented the Meritorious Service Award by the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs at its annual convention on Friday, January 17.

Each year the federation presents this award to an individual or group who has exhibited outstanding participation in the annual conventions and at county fairs throughout Minnesota.

Tina and Lena have been active members in the Minnesota Federation of County Fairs for more than 20 years. They have performed at more than half of the Minnesota county fairs, appearing at most of them multiple times.

They’ve performed two-day runs at eight Minnesota State Fairs, have entertained at dozens of fairs in the seven-state area, and have performed at corporate, business, association and church events throughout the U.S. and Canada.

After delighting audiences for three decades, the women recently set September 1, 2015 as the date of their official retirement.

“We plan to go full blast until that date,” Edwards said. “How fun to go out on a high note!”

For inquiries and bookings, contact Tina and Lena at www.Tina­

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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