Jessica Sly has been working as a content writer at the Echo Press since May 2012, contributing, proofreading and editing content for both the Echo and Osakis Review. A Wadena native, she graduated from Verndale High School in 2009 and worked that summer at the Wadena Pioneer Journal as an intern reporter. She attended Northwestern College in St. Paul (now the University of Northwestern - St. Paul), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Bible. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano (and learning the violin), reading, writing novels, going to the movies, and exploring Alexandria.
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“Naaaaaaaaaants ingonyama bagithi, Baba!” Sound familiar? That’s the famous chant that rings out over a dramatic African sunrise in Disney’s 1994 animated classic The Lion King. (Did you know that...
Theatre L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria will present Love, Loss, and What I Wore Tuesday through Sunday, July 26-31. Love, Loss, and What I Wore is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman, as well as the recollections of playwright Nora Ephron and her family and friends, including Rosie O'Donnell. The show uses clothing and accessories to trigger funny and poignant memories woven into stories.
"What do you want people to understand about you the most?" This was the question that local artist Tracy Anderson posed to 13 subjects before painting their portraits for her new body of work. For the past year, Anderson has been creating 13 30"x40" black and white oil portraits that she hopes will spark "silent conversations" between viewer and painting. Each painting contains a single face, divided in half by dramatic shadow and light. Anderson's goal was to capture the emotion of the subject's eye, which she described as the window to the soul.
The Alex Assisted Living's outing to Legacy of the Lakes Museum in Alexandria on June 20 provided insight and enjoyment to the 15 residents who attended. However, the visit held significant meaning for one particular resident, 88-year-old Leonard Floding. As he wheeled through the museum, peered into the gleaming belly of wooden boats and turned antique tools over in his weathered hands, memories of a time long past reflected in his Alzheimer's-blurred eyes.
Editor's note: Two stories featuring the Bowdens' hosting and adoption experiences appeared in the July 10, 2015, and Nov. 18, 2015, Echo Press. Sometimes life takes you to places you never dreamed were possible. Nearly a year after first hosting four Ukrainian orphans in their Alexandria home, Paul and Lisa Bowden felt called to adopt and leaped at the chance. The journey to getting the children home wasn't easy, filled with roadblocks, agonizing waiting periods and political hurdles, but the Bowden family is finally home.
There’s really no way around it. Life is full of change. Life is change. And for people who don’t necessarily like change (ahem … me!), the whole life thing is...
It’s a surfer. It’s a skier. It’s a … goat? Boaters on Lake Victoria three weeks ago may have had to do a double take as 9-week-old Porscha, a Nigerian...
When Miltona teenager Harry Arvidson decided to join the Navy in 1942, little did he know that he would become one of the first to step foot on the largest submarine titan prowling wartime waters. At 400 feet long and weighing 5,500 tons, compared to the American subs of 315 feet and 1,500 tons, the Japanese mega-submarine I-400 would have been the naval power of those seas, but upon Japanese surrender in 1945, it never got to show its full potential.
The Alexandria Senior Center held its Mother Daughter Luncheon on Saturday, April 30. About 90 women of all ages attended. After guests enjoyed a lunch of croissant sandwiches and sides,...
Squids are smart — they are clever and they are fast, much like the clientele that Osakis mother-daughter duo Tammy and Jennifer Yttrie serve at their local swim school, aptly dubbed "Squid School." Though it offers swimming lessons and safety instruction for kids, it holds so much more.