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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Wikipedia defines parenting as "the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood." Wish I had that definition when I decided to become a parent 16 years and nine months ago. At that time I relied on Webster's Dictionary, which simply defined parenting as "the raising of a child." That sounded a little more doable. My first-born turned 16 this week. It was a big milestone. First, because I managed to keep her safe that long, considering I had no clue what I was doing.
At its September 17 meeting, the Alexandria School Board approved a preliminary gross certified property tax levy for 2013 that is a 1.93 percent increase from the gross certified tax levy for the current year. The proposed levy of $11.216 million is approximately $212,000 more than the current levy of $11.004 million.
While many of us were closely watching the Olympics from our TVs, 15-year-old Conor Allen of Alexandria was experiencing it first-hand. Conor was one of 40 children from the U.S.
Judging day for Douglas County 4-H'ers in the Food Review and Demonstrations project areas was held Monday, July 16. Food Review and Demonstrations are both public presentations where youth develop self-confidence, express their ideas clearly, acquire subject matter knowledge and share that knowledge with others, thereby educating their audience. Public presentations are an effective method for teaching concepts, and problem solving procedures.
The search is on for a new superintendent for Alexandria School District 206.
"Home is the nicest word there is." That's one of my favorite lines in the Little House on the Prairie book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The word "home" is like a warm, cozy blanket. To me, the word means comfort and security. It brings to mind years of happy memories of a place that offers peace and refuge and quiet from the rest of the world. A solid house and a loving home are things I've taken for granted most of my life.
Ahhh, summer in the Alexandria lakes area.
The Runestone Museum in Alexandria has been receiving some national attention lately, and this time it has nothing to do with the famed Kensington Runestone. The attention focuses on another exhibit - a native American "tinkle cone" dress. According to Julie Blank, Runestone Museum director, the dress was part of the Dr. Clifford Irwin Oliver collection, which was donated to the museum shortly after it opened in 1958 by Oliver's daughter. The dress caught the attention of Dr.
At a special meeting held May 31, the District 206 School Board took action to accept bids for the first contracts related to the new high school construction project. The combined bid packages for work such as paving, site electrical, irrigation and fencing totaled close to $6.8 million. Other site work bids still remain, but if they come in at the $1.7 million estimate, the project will be about $240,000 under the total site budget of $8.7 million. A total of 53 bids were received covering 12 different work scopes.
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.