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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“What would this world look like if we were really to love our neighbors as ourselves?”
President Obama’s recent executive statement on the gun control issue has stirred a lot of debate in an already boiling pot. The long-simmering arguments include these beliefs, among many others:...
Rachel L. Magnuson of Perham was injured when her vehicle left the road on Thursday, Dec. 31. Magnuson was traveling west bound on I-94 when her 1998 Buick Century left the roadway near mile marker 104 just east of Alexandria. The Buick traveled through the cable barriers and the guard rail where it came to a rest. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to the accident. Information about her condition is not available at this time.
The board of the Alexandria Public Schools approved a 7.48 percent increase in the district's tax levy at its regular board meeting Monday, Dec. 21. The approved levy is $13,041,948; up from last year's $12,134,282. The breakdown is as follows: general fund — $5,040,031; community service fund — $449,332; debt service fund — $6,766,488; other post-employment benefits (OPEB) debt service fund — $786,095.
Alexandria Public Schools reached a contract agreement with Education Minnesota-Alexandria (EMA) for contract period 2015-2017. Scott Heckert, director of human resources, presented the agreement at the regular meeting of the school board on Monday, Dec. 21. "I am very pleased with the amount of collaboration that took place with all stakeholders that worked through the collective bargaining process," Heckert said. "Everybody had to compromise in order to get this positive outcome."
A crowd gathered at the small, historic Spruce Hill Church Sunday for a Christmas service that has become an annual tradition for many. The Christmas service was held at 2 p.m. and featured readings and a variety of musical pieces. It was followed by refreshments and fellowship. The Douglas County Historical Society assumed responsibility for the care and upkeep of the historic church in 1994. Three services are held here each year on Easter Sunday, around Christmas and mid-summer. The church is also available for weddings, reunions and other special occassions.
A Carlos man found guilty of gross overlimit of fish in 2014 filed an appeal with the state of Minnesota Court of Appeals and won. Ronald Wayne Johnson argued that Douglas County District Court erred in concluding that he voluntarily consented to the search of his house and in denying his pretrial suppression motion. BACKGROUND
The Great Western Challenge DN Iceboat Regatta took place on Lake Christina in Northwest Douglas County last weekend. About 50 boats were on hand for the regatta, which is sponsored by the Minnesota Ice Sailing Association. Lake Christina is typically the site of the association's first event each year, due to its shallow depths and quick freeze. The three-day event included scrub racing Friday, with regular racing Saturday and Sunday. There were more than 35 competitors on hand from all over the U.S.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a Carlos resident shortly before 8 a.m. Sunday, December 6 stating that a green SUV had crashed into her neighbor’s garage...
At about 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, several people walking along the railroad tracks on the 900 block of Nokomis Street in Alexandria called the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to report what appeared to be a deceased man leaning against a tree. Police responded to the area and found the man, who was deceased. He appeared to be seated on the ground and leaning with his back against a tree, mostly covered in snow.