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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Two young women sustained injuries in a one-vehicle rollover on I-94 near Alexandria early Saturday morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Alexis Smith, 17, of Apple Valley, went off the right side of the roadway, went over a cable barrier and rolled into the south ditch. Smith and her passenger, Dominique Griffith, 19, of Burnsville, were both transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
I attended a Lakes Area Professional Business Women’s meeting Wednesday, and had the privilege of hearing one of the organization’s members, Monica Klimek, share her personal story about parenting a child with autism. During her presentation she made the comment that “the world needs to be a kinder place.” My immediate reaction was, “Yes, it absolutely should be.” If only wishing it could make it reality.
A missing person report issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department (DCSO) Monday has been canceled. Todd Richard Logan, age 52, of Moorhead, was last seen around 4 p.m. Saturday,...
The Lakes Area Professional Women’s organization held its 20th annual fashion show and silent auction fundraiser to raise funds for scholarships Saturday.
Students at Brandon-Evansville High School held their prom Saturday evening. A large crowd filled the gymnasium at the Evansville School for Grand March, which began at 8 p.m. The students...
Nearly 50 homes have been built or renovated for people in need throughout Douglas County in the past 20 years, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County (HFHDC). And the organization is looking to have a much greater impact in the years to come. The HFHDC board recently approved the purchase of two tracts of land adjacent to the current Habitat for Humanity office and ReStore on North Nokomis Street/County 42 in Alexandria.
The 7th Annual Someplace Safe Vintage Tea was held Saturday, April 9 at Living Word Lutheran Church in Alexandria. The event featured keynote speaker Cathy Weber-Zunker of Alexandria who spoke...
On April 4th, the Alexandria Police Department (APD) received a call from a taxi cab company advising of a suspicious telephone call involving an elderly resident and a possible scam. The suspect contacted the taxi company asking for a taxi to be sent to the elderly victim’s residence. Upon arrival, the taxi cab driver was instructed to hand the phone to the elderly resident. The victim was advised she had won money through Publisher’s Clearing House and was advised by the suspect to give money to the taxi driver.
The first Edible Book Festival at the Douglas County Library in Alexandria was a success, according to organizers.
The first Edible Book Festival at the Douglas County Library in Alexandria was a success, according to organizers. Twenty-three entires came in in the categories of Under 12, Family, Group and Adult Amateur. Everything in the entry had to be edible. The entries featured everything from "Olive Kitteridge" spelled out in olives to a creative cake depiction of "Bad Kitty" and another of a scene from "On the Banks of Plum Creek." Following are the winners: