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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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It's Our Turn: Fair board members deserve some recognition

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School taxes to go down, revenues up

District 206 school board members voted Monday night to decrease taxes for some area residents while increasing revenue for the school district. Yes, you heard right – school revenue will increase, but taxes may actually drop for some.

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VIDEO: Douglas County Fair draws crowds of 48,000

Nearly 48,000 people turned out to celebrate the 125th anniversary celebration of the Douglas County Fair.

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Find fun at the fair

Douglas County Fair celebrates historic 125th anniversary.

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Make memories at the fair

The Douglas County Agricultural Association is celebrating 125 years of service to the community this year. Its main purpose is to put on the annual Douglas County Fair, and it’s the dedicated board members who work to not only ensure that the fair goes on, but also that it continues to grow and maintain its status as one of the most successful county fairs in Minnesota.

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To give is to receive

Kristy Eastlund of Alexandria is a natural caregiver. She’s patient, caring, compassionate and quick to offer food or help with chores when someone is in need. Despite that, she adamantly said “no” when a friend encouraged her to become a hospice volunteer.

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It's Our Turn: 25 years gone in the blink of an eye

Ah, graduation time. Seems like only yesterday I was walking up on the Brandon High School stage to get my diploma. But (sigh) it was actually a bit longer ago than that. My class is celebrating its 25-year reunion this summer. Where does the time go?

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Worley celebrates 35 years of using a God-given talent

Rebecca Worley’s long and fruitful career actually began at age 6, when she begged her parents to let her take piano lessons. “My parents bought a piano, which was no easy task on a pastor’s salary in those days,” she recalled.

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An 'accidental' discovery

Brady Lind of Alexandria is your typical 9-year-old rough-and- tumble boy. He loves hockey and baseball and playing with his brothers Evan, 12, and Caleb, 7. That’s why his parents, Scott and Linda, weren’t surprised when he ended up with a possible fracture in his elbow.

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Are we 'Parkinson's friendly'?

Here’s one statistic Minnesota doesn’t want to brag about – it’s the third largest state per capita impacted by Parkinson’s disease (PD). An estimated 20,000 people are living with PD in Minnesota; the only states with greater PD impact are North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Columns

Column - Learn from the 'diverse'

Today’s Life section features a story about diversity. When people think of diversity, they often think of differences in skin color or maybe religion. But this article focuses on a different type of diversity – disabilities.

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Column - True confessions of a plant abuser

So much for the theory that if a little is good, more is better. In 2002 I received a beautiful green plant from a friend, congratulating me on an honor I had received. It was a hardy plant that could flourish in an office environment without direct sunlight. Best of all, it was easy to care for.

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Column – A sermon to remember

Lead by example. Actions speak louder than words. We’ve heard these expressions and others like them. It’s not difficult to figure out what they mean. But sometimes it is difficult to live them.

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