Jessica Sly has been working as a content writer at the Echo Press since May 2012, contributing, proofreading and editing content for both the Echo and Osakis Review. A Wadena native, she graduated from Verndale High School in 2009 and worked that summer at the Wadena Pioneer Journal as an intern reporter. She attended Northwestern College in St. Paul (now the University of Northwestern - St. Paul), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Bible. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano (and learning the violin), reading, writing novels, going to the movies, and exploring Alexandria.
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Eric LeBrasseur is just a normal preteen boy. He attends Discovery Middle School in Alexandria, excels at math, plays tennis and football, and has an excellent memory. He also has dyslexia. A language-based learning disability, dyslexia makes it difficult to learn how to read and write. But it’s possible, and Eric has exceeded expectations. And because October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, Eric’s parents, James and Lori, seek to educate others about dyslexia. His way of learning
Uff-da! Thirty-one years you say? Well, you bet’cha those years were chock full of side-splitting, rollicking good times! After all, they’re Minnesota’s golden girls, dontcha know? They’re comediennes Sue “Tina”...
LAKE IDA, Minn. -- It was just a routine walk. Taryn Flolid and her husband, Chuck, took one every day on the west side of Lake Ida. But on one...
What’s it like to be a movie star? Amanda Richards and Cody Saurdiff, both graduates of Jefferson High School in Alexandria, will soon find that out, as they are set to star in an indie rock romance titled “Izzie Midnight,” written and directed by Matt Eckholm. According to Richards, “Izzie Midnight” “follows two stories of lost love and the relationship between a man on a mission to stand up for his own happiness and a torn singer struggling to find out if she has ever known happiness in the first place.” Assembling the cast
The year was 1976. Thousands upon thousands flocked to Alexandria for the chilly December snowmobile race. Polaris had been dominating the professional circuits for the past two years with its Starfire sleds and team of racers, appropriately dubbed the “Starfire Kids.” Now equipped with the young trio of Jerry Bunke, Brad Hulings and Steve Thorsen, as well as new dark blue machines, Polaris was set to dominate once again. At the first corner, 10 sleds approached in a jumble, but four Polaris sleds jetted out ahead.