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Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is a lifelong Douglas County resident. She obtained a degree in Mass Communications/Print Journalism and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She joined the Echo Press in 1991 and currently serves as the Life/Variety/Special Projects editor. She lives in rural Douglas County with her husband, Dennis, and their daughters, Courtney and Cayla. Follow Life Editor Tara Bitzan on Twitter at @TBitzan.
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'Busy and active and socially happy' despite Parkinson's diagnosis

After 33 years of harried deadlines and countless evenings and weekends spent covering area sporting events, Larry Holverson was looking forward to retirement. But his vision of what retirement looked like changed considerably just two weeks before he wrapped up his career. In May 2007, the Echo Press sports editor was told he had Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Alexandria Echo Press, 04/24/2013

Column - Newspapers make a difference

Throughout the school year I am fortunate to have the opportunity to go into area classrooms and teach students about newspapers through Newspapers in Education (NIE), an international program that promotes children’s literacy by using newspapers as teaching tools.

Alexandria Echo Press, 04/05/2013

Passion drama cancelled because of wintry weather

The annual Passion Drama presented by members of Zion Lutheran and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches of Alexandria has been cancelled this year due to the weather. In its 14-year history, this is the first time the drama has been cancelled.

Alexandria Echo Press, 03/22/2013

So much to do, so little time

The only thing Harry and Joan Davis of Brandon have to worry about during retirement is how to find enough time to get everything done. Their shop is full of projects patiently waiting to be completed. While the projects themselves aren’t in any hurry, the Davises are.

Alexandria Echo Press, 03/13/2013

Bad secrets

For most parents, protecting their children is one of their main objectives. When something bad happens, feelings of anger, confusion and helplessness can be overwhelming. That’s what happened to one Alexandria mother when she wasn’t able to protect her children from something “bad.”

Alexandria Echo Press, 03/01/2013

Inner poet emerges

Although Julia Olson’s poetic inspirations began as a child, she said they were “locked away in the depths of her mind until now and like spirits of the past, waited in the shadows for someone or something to set them free.”

Alexandria Echo Press, 03/01/2013

Take a book, leave a book, read a book

Take a book, leave a book, but – most importantly – read a book! That is the hope of three local residents who erected public libraries right in their own yards.

Alexandria Echo Press, 02/20/2013

It's Our Turn: If you want to be 'unique,' take a look at what's inside

In today’s world, where anything is made possible through millions of products, I wonder if anyone is truly happy with their physical appearance. Are you?

Alexandria Echo Press, 01/25/2013

Give your time, gain a friend

Neither Emily Peck nor Autumn Botz thought they were getting a lifelong friend when they joined the District 206 Student Match program, but that might be what has happened.

Alexandria Echo Press, 01/09/2013

It's Our Turn: The odds are against you any way you look at it

5, 16, 22, 23, 29, 6. Those numbers just changed some lives in a very big way. According to Powerball officials, two tickets matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s lottery drawing to win the nearly $580 million jackpot. Imagine – $580 million. Can you imagine it? I can’t.

Alexandria Echo Press, 11/30/2012

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