Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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Today is my last day at the Echo Press. That’s not easy to say after coming through these doors to work for the past 25 years. I started out as...
Brandon-Evansville High School seniors and their families and friends celebrated commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. in the Brandon school gymnasium. Thirty-four students received diplomas. Speeches were presented...
Many Minnesota manufacturers are feeling high levels of confidence in the financial prospects of their companies, while at the same time voicing concern for the U.S. economy. This finding was...
After 47 years of working or being on call 12 hours a day, seven days a week, Orlin "Shorty" and LaVelle Blade are finally basking in the relaxed life of retirement. For the past several years, however, the couple wasn't sure if retirement was in the cards for them. A SMALL TOWN GROCERY About four years ago, the Blades decided to sell their grocery business — Blade's Store in Holmes City. "I guess we were ready to retire," Orlin said. But the Blades weren't ready to close up the store if another owner couldn't be found.
Multiple callers reported a structure fire just shortly before 10 p.m. at 552 First Avenue West in Evansville Friday evening. The Douglas County Sheriff's Department and Evansville Fire Department responded...
Here’s a look at some of the top action items from the Tuesday, May 17 meeting of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners: LAND AND RESOURCE A conditional use permit...
Alexandria Kiwanis Golden K members continue working toward their mission to "change the world through the children and community." The group donated two outdoor tables to Alexandria Area High School (AAHS), which were installed about two weeks ago in the courtyard outside the special education rooms. One of the tables accommodates wheelchairs. Prior to the school's opening in 2014, the group donated four other tables, which were placed on the east side of the school.
Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) students held a Mother’s Day Plant Sale last Friday and Saturday in the school’s new Agriculture Education Center. The students are currently taking the “Get Your Green Thumb” course, and have spent the semester using the center’s classrooms and state-of-the-art greenhouses to learn what it takes to grow a variety of flowers and plants. The sale included petunias, marigolds, pansies, impatiens and geraniums. All proceeds of the sale will be invested into the program.
Who owns a lake? If your land runs all the way around a lake, can others legally access it if there is no public access? What is an environmental lake? Those are questions one Douglas County landowner recently asked the Echo Press. For the answers, we turned to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). WHAT IS A LAKE? To start with, a lake is not defined by size or depth. It is defined as an enclosed basin filled or partly filled with water.
The “Economic Impact of Tourism in Alexandria” was the focus of the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce spring luncheon held Friday, April 29 at Alexandria Technical and Community College. The event featured the following panelists: