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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Winter has come to Douglas County. Last Friday, the area experienced the first snowfall of the season, which came in the form of a raging blizzard. It brought white-out conditions as the wind whipped at nearly 50 miles per hour and the sky dumped almost 10 inches of snow on the area. During and after the storm, local residents ventured out to watch the whirling elements and document the occasion with photos. Here's the result of some of their efforts.
His Kids Orphan Ministry was set to host its annual fall fundraiser tonight, but due to the weather, it has been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 20. The doors open at...
The 26th annual Getting Through the Holidays will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 822 Douglas Street in Alexandria. This event is targeted for those that are grieving the death of a loved one. The goal for the evening is to provide insight and strategies that will help ease some of the anxiety and depression that the holidays can bring. There is no charge for the evening and no registration is needed. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (320) 762-2196.
The world has turned to chaos. Hurricanes, shootings, riots, dirty politics, floods, terrorists, neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, brother against brother. Dissonance reigns. Will it never end? I am an observer by nature. I like to take everything in, mull it over, process, comprehend, and I've noticed many things about the world in which we currently live. I know where I stand on certain issues that strike the core of my beliefs, but sometimes, I listen carefully and let my observations lead my thoughts.
Lively banter emits from the Ecumen Bethany Community coffee shop. A small group of seniors sits at a table, sipping coffee and water and snacking on toast. They giggle. They tell stories. They poke fun at one another. From fierce battlefields to sprawling farms to warm homes, they come from all walks of life, brought together by a common goal. Despite their differences, they look out for each other. Ecumen's Adult Day Services provides a place for that camaraderie to blossom while giving much-needed rest to 24-hour caregivers. MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Starting in August, residents of Ecumen Bethany Community began participating in a new on-site fitness program conducted by a certified personal trainer from Live 2 B Healthy. "Our goal is to grow the strength and mobility of our residents, keeping them stronger longer, while also bringing a sense of community and the social aspect part of it," said Matthew Fischer, executive director. "Folks come to socialize and have fun and be with their peers, as well as working to get better and stronger."
In the cozy shadow of a majestic screen against a sunset backdrop, a little theater teems with life. Cars line up on grassy mounds. Music hums from antique speakers. Children run and play. Families and friends laugh and revel in each other's company. That is what the Long Drive-In Theatre in Long Prairie is all about. And this year, owners Dan and Michelle are celebrating its 60th anniversary. GETTING ITS START
“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.