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Get ready for 'Chicz'

The Echo Press is excited to announce its latest publication - Chicz.

The premiere issue of the free magazine will appear in newsstands, stores and locations throughout the Alexandria area on October 1.

Chicz is targeted to busy women of all ages who are immersed in today's fast-paced world of family and/or work.

Featuring full-color photos, graphics and art, the magazine will present timely and lively information about a variety of topics - fashion and beauty, home and garden, and health and fitness.

There will also be regularly appearing columns such as "The Real Chicz of Douglas County," "A Guy'z Perspective," "Great Readz," "Puzzlez 'n Gamez," and much more.

In the debut issue, women can find out how to design their own clothes, make a pumpkin crunch cake, protect their computers from identity theft, add texture to their hair, discover 10 uses for vinegar, accessorize their nails and more.

This is not the newspaper's first venture into producing a women's publication. It also printed A Woman's Guide to the Good Life.

This new magazine takes that concept to a new level with a completely new look and content, and eye-catching design.

"Chicz presents information in a fun, easy-to-read format," said Jody Hanson, publisher of the Echo Press. "Women today lead very active lives and time is precious. Chicz presents interesting tips and tidbits in short vignettes that will fit perfectly with their busy schedules."

The magazine will be available at the Echo Press Women's Showcase at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria on Thursday, October 4.

The newspaper invites readers to share their thoughts about Chicz and ideas for future issues. E-mail, go to, or, or or drop us a line at Echo Press, Attn: Chicz, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.

EdenloffAl Edenloff Al Edenloff was born in Alexandria and later moved to Parkers Prairie where he graduated in 1979. While in high school, he wrote sports stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent. Al graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communication and started at the Echo Press as a summer intern in 1983. He worked as a reporter until 1990 when he was named editor. He's earned several writing and reporting awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) and the National Newspaper Association. He was presented with the Minnesota News Council's Journalism Accountability Award and is a three-time winner of the MNA's Herman Roe Editorial Writing Award. In his spare time, Al enjoys golfing, fishing, biking, watching sports, cooking and reading mystery novels.

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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