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Douglas County Hospital gets 'blue ribbon' for vaccination effort
Speaker: Officers are 'not normal; you're special'
Law enforcement blotter: Tuesday, August 23
Almost 1,000 gather in memory of slain 5-year-old Watkins girl
New effort tries to draw more people into area
Sports schedule for Thursday, August 25
99 holes to celebrate 99 years
Fun meets a potential future in stock cars for many young go-kart drivers
Tweaks for progress: Shifted backfield, young line highlight B-E football
Following its headline year: Christensen steps in for Minnewaska football
Put the fun back in parenting
Walk raises awareness of congenital heart defects
AAHS students, alumni kick off Project 1440
Discovery Middle School hosts orientations, open house
Cunninghams win wing sauce contest
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
Engaged - Benning and Notch
Engaged - Butler and Joswiak
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Stringer full of walleyes
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
A big bass for Beau
Clara "Clair" A. Gustafson
Bernard "Bernie" V. Dulski
Arland E. Hirman
Roy A. Johnson
Gladys M. Hogan
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
LETTER: All are born in spiritual darkness
From the archives - 1966: Six boxes of contest butter to be auctioned off at county fair
EDITORIAL: Small towns can have big problems
LETTER: The same old arguments against Christianity
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Beach named editor of Echo Press
New rules implemented for telemarketers
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
July 13, 2016
Horticultural services available to local residents
The summer growing season is finally here, and the questions have started coming in droves. Between the phone calls, emails and walk-ins with garden samples, there is never a dull moment in the Extension office in the summer months. If you have a garden question, from plant/insect...
July 13, 2016 - 12:00am
July 6, 2016
Extension tests pressure canner gauges
The University of Minnesota Extension of Douglas County invites the public to bring in pressure canner gauges for home canners to be tested. Two basic types of canners are available: a dial gauge and a metal weighted gauge. Only the gauge is needed for testing. The canner that includes...
July 6, 2016 - 12:00am
June 1, 2016
Begonias are topic at gardening brown bag series
Did you know that begonias can be grown in sun or shade, in the ground or in pots? Did you know there is no need deadheading or special treatment? Learn all this and more at an informative gardening brown bag series on Tuesday, June 7 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Douglas County Library...
June 1, 2016 - 12:00am
April 27, 2016
Grow a rainbow for health and nutrition
By Robin Trott, University of Minnesota Extension I love fresh, garden-grown produce. In March, I start my seeds and dream of the day I will...
April 27, 2016 - 12:00am
April 13, 2016
Spring planted bulbs for summer blooms
I can’t imagine a garden without the lovely fragrance of acidanthera (peacock orchid). A type of gladiola, the acidanthera flower is a white bloom with a maroon blotchy center and, like the gladiola, is a summer bulb. Summer bulbs and tubers are planted after the last frost date,...
April 13, 2016 - 12:00am
March 23, 2016
Ticks already out in Minnesota
By Robin Trott, University of Minnesota Extension If you're like me, you have been reveling in this glorious, early spring. I saw my first robin...
March 23, 2016 - 12:00am
March 16, 2016
Water wisely: five steps to conserving water in your garden
By Robin Trott, University of Minnesota Extension 2016 is the year to water wisely. From container plantings to lawns and gardens, in 2016,...
March 16, 2016 - 12:00am
March 9, 2016
Successful container gardening
You don't have to have a yard to have a garden. All plants need is a place to grow, light, air, nutrients, water and soil, and you can provide...
March 9, 2016 - 12:00am
Master Gardeners present Let's Get Growing workshop
University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County invite the public to the annual Let's Get Growing workshop on Saturday,...
March 9, 2016 - 12:00am
March 2, 2016
Grow a begonia, the annual plant of the year
By Robin Trott, University of Minnesota Extension educator With more than 1,700 different species, begonia (family Begoniaceae) is the fifth...
March 2, 2016 - 12:00am
January 6, 2016
Local Foods College to return to Alexandria
The locavore movement – in which people eat food produced near their home to reduce their carbon footprint – is getting more and more popular. From field to fork, the average dinner has traveled 1,500 miles. When you buy direct from local farmers, your dollars stay within your...
January 6, 2016 - 12:00am
December 30, 2015
2015 University of Minnesota Top 10 performing annuals
This was the summer of the annual on our farm! The lisianthus was spectacular, the Matthiola bloomed tall and straight, and even the zinnias strutted their stuff! Each year, hundreds of cultivars are trialed at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center...
December 30, 2015 - 12:00am
December 16, 2015
Holiday gifts for the constant gardener
Do you have an avid gardener on your Christmas list? Many local businesses carry items that would appeal to your gardening friends and relatives, including: hand tools, garden gadgets, house plants, bird feeders, books and natural soaps and lotions. So, in honor of your gardening...
December 16, 2015 - 12:00am
December 2, 2015
Tips for container-grown succulents
Succulents have become the hot new houseplants, and I am often asked how to grow succulents and which succulents a beginner should choose. Succulents are plants that have broad, meaty leaves and stems. These function as water storage units that help the plants to survive in dry, arid...
December 2, 2015 - 12:00am
November 18, 2015
Workshop to detail houseplant care
Do you love houseplants but have difficulty keeping them healthy? Are your houseplants overgrowing their space? Are you not sure when to water or fertilize? If so, you are invited to a houseplant workshop taught by Robin Trott, University of Minnesota Extension horticulture educator,...
November 18, 2015 - 12:00am