Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.
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As a student in Alexandria, Tyler Resch didn't imagine he would one day be recording a country music album at a studio on Music Row in Nashville. But that's exactly where the 27-year-old currently is. Resch grew up in Glenwood before moving to Alexandria when he was 13. By 15, he formed a band with a few friends and played music through high school. He decided not to attend college after graduating from Jefferson High School in 2009. He moved to California and then South Carolina, before landing in Nashville in September 2016.
Jessica Boyer has always had a passion for color and design. Until recently, she pushed that passion aside and focused her energy on her other passion of helping others. But now Boyer, who lives in Alexandria, has started her own home staging and design company that also incorporates therapeutic coaching, called Kreat and Design by Jessica Boyer. "There were a few people really strongly encouraging me like, 'Hey, why don't you do this, it seems really needed, we could really use it,'" she said.
When he was little — just three months old, in fact — Jimmy Jevnager's babysitter liked to take him flying. His babysitter, who was also his grandfather, was a pilot and often took him flying a few times a week. So it was no surprise that Jevnager grew up with a love for planes and the air. As an adult, he dreamed of getting his pilot's license. But when medical issues prevented that, he decided to purchase a powered paraglider, for which no license is necessary.
Doing laundry, grocery shopping, preparing meals, running a small business — these skills are all taught at the Transition Center in Alexandria, which teaches independent living skills to those with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. The Transition Center, on 34th Avenue West, serves students ages 18-21 from various school districts, including Alexandria, Parkers Prairie, Long Prairie, Sauk Centre, Minnewaska and Osakis.
When he was 55, Henry "Hank" Wessel tried to retire. It didn't go as planned. "After a couple years traveling," he said, "I was looking at the lake one day and thinking, 'Is this it?' Then my wife comes up with the idea to get a job." So, at age 57, Wessel began driving a school bus for Alexandria Public Schools. Now, 17 years later, he is still at it and was recently recognized for his commitment to the job.
Jackie Fogelson took this photo of a goldfinch on a tree branch near Lobster Lake. If you have a great photo, email it to Lowell Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org . Photos submitted may also be published on the Take Your Best Shot Area Voices blog at takeyourbestshot.areavoices.com.
During their time at Alexandria Technical and Community College, Jordan Henrichs of Evansville and Tyson Meissner of Brandon did everything together — quite literally, as Henrichs served as Meissner's personal care assistant. When Meissner was 17, he had what is known as a cavernous malformation — a cluster of blood vessels — near his brain. After undergoing surgery to remove it, he began experiencing balance and sight issues, as well as tremors.
Shalom Lutheran Church will hold its eighth annual Shalom Run on Saturday, July 7, with a 5K, a 10K and a 1K kids run. Cost this year is $15 for pre-registered runners and $10 for kids. Pre-registration ends June 22. Race day registration will be available for $20 starting at 7 a.m. The longer races start at 8 a.m. and the kids run is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. For more information, visit www.signmeup.com/shalomrun . Shalom is at 681 Voyager Dr. in Alexandria.
When Randy's Menswear closed in 2016, it left a large gap in the menswear department in Alexandria. However, there was still J.C. Penney and Herberger's. But when both department stores also announced they were closing, the gap grew even larger.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Thursday, May 31 Suspicious person, male on a bike with a backpack and fishing pole wearing a hard plastic halloween mask on the trail, Garfield. Attempted fraud/scam, comp's dad is involved in a scam and she's looking for advice as to how to resolve the situation, Alex. Suspicious activity, comp's house was hit with paintballs earlier in the week, Alex.