The Echo Press welcomed two new employees to its team recently, as well as made a couple of other staffing changes.
With more than 10 years experience in the newspaper business, Travis Gulbrandson joined the news team as a news reporter. He moved to the Alexandria area from Saint Peter.
He will be covering several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
Gulbrandson graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor of arts degree in contemporary media and journalism. He has worked at newspapers in South Dakota covering such topics as crime and courts, city news and education to name a few.
“We’re excited to have Travis join our news team,” said Editor Al Edenloff. “His beat covers topics and issues that readers are very much interested in. And his experience is a bonus.”
In his free time, Gulbrandson loves to spend time reading and is a collector of not only books, but also vintage taxidermy, typewriters, records and other oddities.
Kate Henderson of Alexandria joined the sales team as an advertising assistant.
Her duties will include assisting the sales team, working as part of customer service and managing special projects for the sales department.
“Kate is a great addition to the Echo Press with her ability to work well with our entire team,” said Shelly Beaulieu, Echo Press advertising manager. “Her positive attitude and ability to maintain several projects at one time has already made her a great asset.”
Prior to being hired at the newspaper, Henderson, who was born and raised in Glenwood, worked at Claires, with the last two years as the manager.
When not working, she enjoys spending time with her two children – Braylea, 7, and Camdyn, 3 – going to the lake and hanging out with friends and family.
Thalen Zimmerman, who joined the Echo Press news team as a summer intern, has now been hired as a full-time reporter. He will be covering a variety of topics and will also work on special multimedia projects.
Zimmerman graduated in May from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communications.
He lives in Alexandria with his wife, Jade. The couple are expecting their first baby in February.
Celeste Edenloff, who has worked at the Echo Press for a total of 17 years (from 1999 to 2011 and then 2016 to the present), has been promoted to Special Projects Lead. She is still a reporter and will continue to cover the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Alexandria School Board, as well as write other news and feature stories.
She will also now be coordinating with the sales team members and editorial team for special projects, such as the Impact and Veterans Salute magazines, as well as numerous other special publications inserted in the newspaper.
“Celeste has been a valuable member of the Echo Press for many years and I am very excited to have her in this new role,” said Publisher Diann Drew. “She believes in providing our readers with the best content and has a strong passion for the community.”
Edenloff lives in Alexandria with her husband, Echo Press Editor Al Edenloff.