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 pawn shop owners may question the "reality" in two popular reality television shows - Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn - but many are happy the shows are running, nonetheless. "Our traffic has doubled since those shows started," said Dan Tillberg, who works at Viking Pawn and Pay Day Loans on Broadway in Alexandria. Hardcore Pawn is a truTV documentary reality series that shows the day-to-day operations of American Jewelry and Loan, a family-owned pawn shop in Detroit. History Channel's hit series Pawn Stars is filmed at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, which is owned by three c
When 19-year-old Morgan Abel of Farwell spent most of the winter coughing, she didn't think much of it, even after her mother encouraged her to see a doctor. She figured she'd go in for a simple office visit, be prescribed some antibiotics and be on her way. Even the fact that she'd experienced some unusual finger clubbing didn't make her concerned. The visit went as planned - after some blood tests and routine checks, Abel was sent home with an antibiotic prescription. After a week of not improving, however, she made a return visit with her mother, Heidi.
WHAT: New Horizons Open House WHEN: Sunday, April 29 1 to 3 p.m. Program at 2 p.m.
Philosopher Confucius once said, "You cannot open a book without learning something." Members of the Evansville Arts Coalition (EAC) believe that books are important resources for continued learning as well as for entertainment.
I love words. I love putting them together and rearranging them in ways that they share powerful messages or flow eloquently or make an impact. I admire some of the world's greatest writers.
According to Douglas County building officials, 2011 will be remembered as a time of "accomplishment and change." David Rush, director of Douglas County Land and Resource Management (LRM), presented the department's 2011 annual report to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting last Tuesday. According to Rush, the most significant accomplishment was the completion and adoption of the new County Comprehensive Plan. The plan, approved by the Douglas County Board in September following public hearings, provides a framework of goals and policies that guides decision maki
Nearly 100 people were in attendance at a meeting at the Brandon School on Wednesday, February 8 to gain insight into the proposed additional academic pairing between the Brandon and Evansville schools. A second meeting was held last night, Tuesday, February 14 at the Evansville School. The two school boards are examining ways to improve academic pairing for the 2012-2013 school year.
Many people would consider Jerry Aaberg a lucky guy. He survived both a massive heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest within one year. But Aaberg doesn't consider himself lucky just because he survived, he considers himself lucky because he is now at peace with the thought of dying. A BRUSH WITH DEATH On a Monday in August 2010, 48-year-old Jerry left work to head to his home near Nelson and get ready for his weekly golf outing. He wasn't feeling well, and when he got home, he sat down.
Research shows that young people who have mentors are less likely to use drugs, skip school or be involved in criminal activity. Research shows that involvement in mentoring enhances a company's image, increases employee performance and impacts the future workforce. So the question is, if you are the owner or leader of a company, why wouldn't you support mentorship opportunities? January is National Mentor Month, and this year's theme, "Invest in the Future: Mentor a Child," recognizes small businesses and individuals who are making a difference in their communities by helping youth build p
I'm going to make a confession. During the earlier years of my career as a journalist, there were times I was embarrassed to be "part of the media." Those times usually came up when some big media frenzy occurred, typically involving someone famous - the O.J.