Bitzan has received many civic awards, including being selected Alexandria Business and Professional Woman of the Year in 2002. She recently graduated from the Forum Communications Co.’s Forum Forward program, a leadership training program aimed at recognizing excellence in performance and leadership potential.
She most recently served as life and special projects editor for the Echo Press.
Former Editor Al Edenloff was named the news and opinion page editor. He, too, is a long-time employee, having worked for Alexandria newspapers for 30 years.
The newsroom restructuring will allow Edenloff to concentrate on news and opinion writing. He is a past winner of the prestigious Herman Roe Editorial Writing Award, presented annually to the writer of the best editorial of the year as part of the Minnesota Better Newspaper Contest.
“Al is widely respected for his thoughtful editorials by newspersons throughout the state,” Hanson said.
Hanson said that the changes renew the newspaper’s commitment to a strong newsroom.
“Our goal is to give our community the best local news possible, reported with integrity and respect,” she said.
Bitzan and her husband, Dennis, are lifelong residents of Douglas County. Edenloff grew up in Parkers Prairie and lives in Alexandria with his wife, Celeste.
The Echo Press and the Osakis Review are owned by Forum Communications Co., a multimedia information company based in Fargo, N.D., which owns dozens of newspapers, websites, television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.