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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A child's first hair cut is a big deal. Not only for the child, but for the mother as well. In the case of Jessa Streich of Alexandria and her mother, Tabitha, it was a monumental moment. Jessa is a 5-year-old who has suffered from countless health problems ever since she was born prematurely. Some of those problems are a mystery for the family and doctors. But even though she has endured more than most children her age, the young girl is still giving back to others in a special way. Thursday, March 4 was the date of Jessa's first haircut.
The only thing Harry and Joan Davis of Brandon have to worry about during retirement is how to find enough time to get everything done. Their shop is full of projects patiently waiting to be completed. While the projects themselves aren't in any hurry, the Davises are. "We've got so many things we want to do.
For most parents, protecting their children is one of their main objectives.
Although Julia Olson's poetic inspirations began as a child, she said they were "locked away in the depths of her mind until now and like spirits of the past, waited in the shadows for someone or something to set them free." Fortunately for poetry lovers, those inspirations were set free, and Olson recently celebrated her first published book, titled Emerging from the Darkness: Poetry From the Heart, published by Outskirts Press. Several of the poems were written at Lake Carlos State Park or about Lake Carlos, where Olson's father and his siblings spent their childhood.
Take a book, leave a book, but - most importantly - read a book! That is the hope of three local residents who erected public libraries right in their own yards. Kevin Mahoney, Joan Larson and Del Mari Runck, all of Alexandria, each heard about the Little Free Library program and decided it was something they wanted to be part of. IT BELONGS TO EVERYBODY Mahoney's daughter, Macaille, told him about the project after seeing a TV news segment on it.
I wish... ...I was taller. ...I was thinner. ...I had brown hair. ...I had blue eyes. ...my skin was darker. ...my hair was thicker. ...my fingers were longer. ...my feet were smaller. In today's world, where anything is made possible through millions of products, I wonder if anyone is truly happy with their physical appearance. Are you? I remember as a teenager I asked my parents a few times if I could get colored contacts and color my hair. My mom always answered with the question, "What for?" to which I never really had an answer.
Neither Emily Peck nor Autumn Botz thought they were getting a lifelong friend when they joined the District 206 Student Match program, but that might be what has happened. Emily joined Student Match when she was a sophomore at Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria.
5, 16, 22, 23, 29, 6. Those numbers just changed some lives in a very big way. According to Powerball officials, two tickets matched all six numbers in Wednesday's lottery drawing to win the nearly $580 million jackpot. Imagine - $580 million. Can you imagine it? I can't. Did you buy a ticket? You know what they say: You can't win if you don't play! I actually thought about getting a ticket a couple times when hearing about the huge jackpot, but never got around to it.
Linda Greseth of Alexandria has always dreamed of becoming a published author. That dream recently became reality, but not quite in the way she expected it to. Instead of writing a book, she wrote a song. "I've always had an interest in writing, but didn't really get serious about it until the past few years," she said.
Jim and Bonnilynn Tungseth of Alexandria are sure they are going to make great parents. They're just not sure when that will happen. The Tungseths have been dreaming about their future children since before they were married on December 9, 2006.