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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Some locals wanted to know why water was shooting out of a fire hydrant in Garfield during the hot, dry days of August. What the newspaper thought would be a simple question with a simple answer ended up not being quite so simple. We heard that the spewing water may be tied to the repainting of the inside of the city's water tower. After numerous calls to Garfield's City Hall and individual council members, we finally spoke to council member John Nienaber Jr.
District 206 school board members voted Monday night to decrease taxes for some area residents while increasing revenue for the school district. Yes, you heard right - school revenue will increase, but taxes may actually drop for some. "With a referendum increase, you'd usually think that taxes will also increase, but that's not the case here," noted Trevor Peterson, director of business services with District 206, at Monday's regular school board meeting. The board passed a resolution to authorize a new board-approved referendum authority for approximately $85 per adjusted pupil unit. The
Another Douglas County Fair is now behind us. For many local residents, that event is one of the highlights of summer. For me, it's always been bittersweet. I was a 4-H member for more than 10 years, so thoughts of the fair began months earlier. 4-H projects take planning, record keeping and a lot of time and hard work to complete. Hours, days, weeks and months were spent getting projects ready for the highlight of a 4-Her's year - the county fair. When the fair finally rolled around, it brought with it a mixture of emotions.
Nearly 48,000 people turned out to celebrate the 125th anniversary celebration of the Douglas County Fair. Mother Nature was again kind to fair-goers, providing sunny, warm days. "Everything was just wonderful," said Dale Buchholz, secretary of the Douglas County Agricultural Association that organizes the fair. "The weather was absolutely perfect." Organizers estimate that the attendance for the four-day event was up about 2 percent from last year. "That's our best estimate," Buchholz said.