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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Piece by piece, information continues to be gathered to solve the mystery of the Lake Victoria bison bones. While bones found at the site more than four years ago are currently being studied at Hamline University in St. Paul, soil samples were just taken last weekend for additional study. Kate Pound, geology professor at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), and five students visited the Alexandria lake Saturday to take core samples from the lake bottom.
The fellowship hall at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria was overflowing by 4:05 p.m. today, Friday. The annual lutefisk dinner wasn't set to begin until 4 p.m., but by then...
Viola Klimek of Urbank is a busy lady. During her younger years, her time was spent cooking, cleaning, gardening and caring for a household of 12 children. In later years, she was kept busy with birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, baptisms and other celebrations for a family that has grown to include 142 offspring, and counting. The 92-year-old is spry, active, well put together, and still lives in the house she has called home for 69 years. What has kept her so young? "I guess it must be the kids," she said, chuckling.
A fish house located near the public access of Lake Chippewa burned to the ground on Saturday, Jan. 23. The Garfield Fire Department responded to the scene. The ice house...
A 2015 Freightliner tractor trailer overturned on Interstate 94 just west of Osakis at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. The driver was Stefan Jovanovski, 22, of Spokane, Washington. Jovanovski...
The Woodland Elementary School Parent Advisory Council in Alexandria hosted the first annual Winter Wonderland Family Celebration Saturday. Kids and parents were bundled up for an afternoon of sledding, trail...
A driver sustained serious injury after a rollover occurred on I-94 in Otter Tail County Saturday morning. Katie Luhning, 24, of Battle Lake was driving a 2003 Ford SuperDuty truck...
The Alexandria Police Department responded to a call just before 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 of a 73-year-old woman being struck by a vehicle. The incident occurred in a parking lot at 4911 State Highway 29 S in Alexandria. Linda Meyer, 73, was reportedly "bumped" by a vehicle that was backing out of a parking spot. She was transported by North Ambulance to the Douglas County Hospital where she was treated and released. There were no charges in conjunction with the incident.
Through the years, some local residents have questioned the story behind the horse statue that stands on the east side of the road at 1231 North Nokomis Street in Alexandria. The concrete statue is of an American saddlebred mounted on a concrete base with the words "White Swan Stables." It took us awhile to find some answers for this, "You Asked," but we're happy we kept digging, because the statue has quite an interesting history.
The public ice skating rinks at Noonan Park and Legion Park in Alexandria are now open for skating. The city maintenance crew had a garden tractor fall through the ice about two weeks ago when working on the Noonan Park pond. At that time, workers found three to six inches of ice in most areas of the pond, but one spot proved weak, and the tractor was submerged in about four feet of water. No one was injured in the incident, but crews decided to leave the pond alone until the recent cold snap made some stronger ice this week.