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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There's no age limit on helping others. In fact, older individuals who live in assisted living or nursing homes seem to appreciate the opportunity to help all the more. A new group at Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria is giving residents of all ages and abilities the chance to offer a helping hand to others in need. A HANDS-ON APPROACH The Knute Nelson activities department launched Helping Hands in the fall of 2015.
Punxsutawney Phil poked his head out of his burrow this past Tuesday, Feb. 2 for his annual Groundhog Day appearance. The nation waited with bated breath until he realized there wasn't a shadow in sight. Conclusion: Spring is coming early! To commemorate the event, local meteorologist Mark Anthony paid a visit to the students at the K-5 Miltona Science Magnet School on Feb. 2 to talk about the famous rodent.
By Jessica Karley Rerick, Everyday Gourmet College football is done and the NFL Super Bowl is almost here. In anticipation of the big game, you invited a few people over, then a few more, and now you're suddenly throwing a full-blown party. Don't panic. Your party can go off without a hitch using a few simple ideas.
This isn't going to be an easy topic, so I'll just get right into it. Depression is real. It's a sickness. It's a disease. It's an enemy. But it's not the end all. There is a way out. And let me tell you something right now. You can beat it, you can overcome it. Your life is valuable.
Butch Dallmann of Alexandria grew up hearing stories about his great-great-great-grandfather, an Austrian organist and choir master named Franz Gruber. In the small Austrian village of Oberndorf in 1818, Gruber sat down with his guitar and strummed out a simple little melody to a German poem titled Stille Nacht, which has become known worldwide as the Christmas staple Silent Night.
Willie Wrede of Osakis knows all too well the effects of cancer. In 1997, while living in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a mere six months after getting married, she was...
By Jessica Karley Forum News Service What if I told you that you could be finished with all of your holiday baking in less than two hours and have four...
The stage is set. The theater is full. It is quiet, black, ominous, as a gavel bangs. The sharp sound echoes, springing the audience back to 1919. A sinister auctioneer...
The Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) hosted its annual bake sale and open house on Friday, Dec. 4. More than 200 guests came through its doors, according to Kim Dillon, DCHS director of operations. Ethnic goods including lefse and kolache were the DCHS's best sellers, with its entire stock of frozen containers of Knute Nelson's bean soup selling out within the first 45 minutes. Fresh lefse and krumkake from live demonstrations were in high demand, so much so that demonstrators couldn't keep up with the lines. This year's bake sale was "absolutely" a success, Dillon said.
The upcoming Holiday Ball is adding a little bit of red to its color scheme this year to celebrate its ruby anniversary. Sponsored by the Douglas County Hospital Auxiliary, the 40th annual Holiday Ball will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center. The event will feature a silent auction, raffle items, food stations, dessert stations and entertainment.