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 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.
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...
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...
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.
This year's Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) spring musical is going to the guys. Monty Python's Spamalot features a cast that includes more men than women, and in high school theater arts, that's not an easy feat to pull off. Audiences can witness this accomplishment for themselves on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23 at 7:30 and Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. in the AAHS Performing Arts Center. Advance seating is recommended. Tickets are available at www.alexandria.k12.mn.us/aahs , or at the door. PERFECTING THE HUMOR
The Alexandria area is chock full of events, entertainment and excitement, and more just keep popping up. It's like a never-ending cycle. One of the most recent additions is the Douglas County Library's Edible Book Festival. Apparently, it's a popular event around the country, but I'd never heard of it before. For the festival, entrants create a representation of a book title, scene, character or theme using only edible materials. For example, Ernest Hemingway's book "Farewell to Arms" might be represented by a gingerbread man with no arms. Books and food? Sign me up!
The District 206 Music Department will hold its annual spring jazz concert on Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) Performing Arts Center. Ensembles featured in the concert include the Discovery Jazz Ensemble, AAHS Jazz I and AAHS Jazz II. The students in the bands will present a wide variety of big band music, funk, rock, ballads, Latin, and contemporary standards. Special guest artist John Pederson from Moorhead will be featured on several charts with the bands. He is sponsored in part by Eckroth Music.