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.
By Tara Bitzen/Forum News Service Authorities in Douglas and Pope counties continue to search for a missing 18-year-old woman. Laura Ann Schwendemann has been missing since Wednesday evening, October 14. According to authorities, Schwendemann was last seen at the Holiday Gas Station on 50th Avenue in Alexandria at approximately 9:29 p.m.
Tastefully Simple announced today that a restructure is taking place that will result in the reduction of 66 positions at its headquarters in Alexandria. A press release issued Tuesday states that the move is necessary “in order to better align [the company’s] resources with strategies to strengthen its future growth.” The company’s thousands of independent sales consultants will continue to operate their home-based businesses as usual. “Over the past 19 y