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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The Vikingland Band Festival (VBF) committee recently announced that Jim Eidsvold of Alexandria was named grand marshal of the 2012 VBF parade marching championship. Eidsvold was selected for the honor because of his dedication to the festival and to the Jefferson High School (JHS) Marching Band. The honoree served on the board of the JHS Band Boosters in the 1990s and was instrumental in raising funds for new band uniforms.
Twenty teenagers and their parents learned how to help make Minnesota roadways safer by attending the Teen Distracted Driving Event Monday evening. The event is offered to teens ages 14 to 17 and their parents by the Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition, in partnership with Casey's Amusement Park and Partington, Zimny Insurance. Attendees were able to experience the dangers associated with distracted driving in a safe, controlled environment.
More than a time or two, Johan and Sonja Hinderlie questioned where God was leading them. But they kept moving forward despite uncertainties, and now look back with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. The Hinderlies are retiring after 28 years with Mount Carmel Ministries near Alexandria. While both admit it wasn't the career path they expected, it definitely became a labor of love. A NEW OPPORTUNITY Thirty years ago, the Hinderlies were living in Wisconsin where Johan pastored a church.
What's your favorite sound? I have a lot of them. The one I hear right now as I write this is the quiet, gentle song of the wind chimes on my front porch. But to be honest, quite often my favorite sound is silence. Yes, I know what a wonderful gift the sense of hearing is and I hope I never take it for granted. I couldn't imagine not knowing what the voices of my family members sound like, or never hearing laughter or a waterfall or music. I love music. But sometimes, I simply love silence.
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