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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The West Central Area Speech team held a community speech extravaganza on March 28 at which WCA families and community members listened to WCA speakers give their speeches in conjunction with a food shelf drive and awards ceremony.
A live simulcast, Empowered to Connect Conference, will be presented by Show Hope on Friday, April 7, at 8:50 a.m. to Saturday, April 8, at 5 p.m. at Douglas County Public Works, 526 Willow Drive, Alexandria. The purpose of the simulcast is to bring hope and healing to families by equipping families, churches and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.
A story on the inception of The 820 Project, titled "One man, one mission: The 820 Project," was published in the Friday, April 24, 2015, Echo Press. Two years ago, Eric Lehn of Alexandria created an "inspire the youth" movement with the goal of spreading positivity to area young people. It started with a Facebook page where Lehn posted uplifting content and encouraged others to do the same. Then, last February, he started an Instagram account.
You live, you love, you lose. The cycle continues around and around in a never-ending wheel — the circle of life, as it were. Over the past few weeks, I've tuned in more to the realization that our everyday tasks, our accomplishments, our failures, our joys, our sorrows really mean nothing without someone there to share it with, be it family, friends or even strangers.
A violin is merely an object, but when wielded with masterful hands, it can sing. Polished spruce and ebony gleam. Rosin dust particles drift gently in the air. The bow bites the strings. Cream-colored horsehair coaxes a lyrical voice from the instrument and brings it to life. Luci DiCenso of Alexandria has spent about 10 years of her 17 refining the craft of violin playing. As she excels in the musical world, she puts her skills to use in another way — teaching violin students, both young and old. Building a foundation
Seventeen-year-old Abigail Eck, a senior at Alexandria Area High School, will perform in the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Symphonic Concert on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The concert combines the All-State Band and Orchestra. Eck is part of the orchestra.
Through District 206 Community Education, the Alexandria Area Adult Basic Education Consortium is partnering with Alexandria Technical and Community College to offer a free Computer and Writing Skills class at ATCC this spring. Since this course is limited to the first 20 qualified applicants, early registration is recommended. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 21. Classes will run Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Feb. 22 and ending April 26. The course will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. It will be held on ATCC's main campus in Room 707.
The Douglas County Corn and Soybean Growers Association will host its annual meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Long Lake Lodge, 16021 Long Lake Rd NW, Brandon. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., with a dinner catered by Backroads Steakhouse at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Spouses are welcome to attend. Guest speaker Joe Smentek will present "From St. Paul to Douglas County: How Government Actions Affect Your Farm."
Evansville Art Center, 111 Main Street, will host Open Mic music on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. Musicians are invited to come and play. The facility has a high-quality sound system and a full keyboard Yamaha piano. It is always looking for new musicians to join its group of performers. This is a free concert. Freewill donations will be accepted. Bring a treat to share at intermission. Beverages are provided. This activity is supported by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.
The public is invited to attend the Outwintering Field Day on Thursday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. at West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Highway 329, Morris. Lunch will be provided. No pre-registration is required. Guests can register at the door. Admission is free. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather. Outwintering Field Day will include tours of the out-wintered dairy herd at the outreach center, organic milking cows, breeding and young stock living in three different pasture areas. Animal wellbeing and pasture use will also be discussed.