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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With the community at the end of an extended weekend of shopping and buying, Kiwanis International Foundation invites the public to take the chance to give on Giving Tuesday, December...
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It’s true. Today, it’s hard to express your own views within the realm of rational discussion. It’s hard to say anything at all, really, without offending someone. I like to...
The governor's task force on broadband held a meeting on September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Douglas County Library in Alexandria. The meeting began with a welcome by Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson and an Introducing Libraries presentation by Jennifer Nelson of the State Library Services. One of the main presentations given was Libraries Respond to the Digital Landscape by Melinda Ludwiczak of the Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).
The Science Museum in St. Paul has it. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has it. And now, as of early August, the Runestone Museum in Alexandria has it. An audio tour. Using an online program called OnCell, the Runestone Museum offers exclusive audio descriptions of some of its exhibits, according to Jim Bergquist, Runestone Museum manager. OnCell is an online system that stores recorded files that people create, and then it connects to a mobile device so that the recording is accessible, Bergquist said.
The year was 1976. Thousands upon thousands flocked to Alexandria for the chilly December snowmobile race. Polaris had been dominating the professional circuits for the past two years with its Starfire sleds and team of racers, appropriately dubbed the "Starfire Kids." Now equipped with the young trio of Jerry Bunke, Brad Hulings and Steve Thorsen, as well as new dark blue machines, Polaris was set to dominate once again.
There he stands. At 28-feet-tall and constructed of Fiberglas, the Viking statue known as Big Ole has been keeping an eye on Alexandria from his vantage point at north Broadway for nearly 50 years. But he hasn't been without hardship. Over and over again, he's been the target of natural disasters and vandals alike. In 1996, 70-mile-per-hour straight-line winds created a sway in his steel-enforced structure.
Where do you go when you want to get away? Osakis, of course! After spending a year at my first full-time job, I was due for a nice vacation, or a mini vacation at least. I wasn't stressed, per se, but a part of me just needed a little change in the daily routine.