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UPDATE: Dispute over trail detours final Minnesota legislative work
Willmar hospital and clinic seek affiliation with CentraCare of St. Cloud
Grand Forks man dies, another injured in head-on crash in Becker County
Law Enforcement Blotter: Wednesday, May 24
Pearl Harbor victim from Minnesota has remains returned home
Track and Field: Minnewaska girls win West Central Conference Championship
Softball: Chargers' experience shines through as B-E advances in winner's bracket
Softball: Hardy tosses shutout, hits game-ending homer in first round of 8AAA playoffs
Softball: Streaks rally for three seventh-inning runs to take second in the 6AA-North
Girls golf: Lakers first after day one of 3AA Tournament
At Ole Oppe Fest, Big Ole will meet new family member
Have questions? The library has answers
Flags to fly on Veterans Hill
Alexandria students write their own play within a musical
Bus tour visits Arboretum
Engaged - Bruzik and Johnson
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Engaged - Harstad and Engebretson
Wedding - Von Bank and Hoelscher
Morken: Becoming a better bow hunter
Nice bass for Maeyaert
Fee increases added to final environment bill
Morken: Still time to fill that tag as toms continue to sound off
Minnesota opener: Slow going on Reno Saturday morning
Dennis Douglas Pearson
Richard "Dick" H. Hodgson
Marion G. Bauer
Lee Howard Urness
Guest editorial: Take a bigger view of what's underwater
Observations from the Archives: 1967: Hardware Hank's is Official Barbie Trade-In Headquarters
Commentary: Reforms protect your water and your wallet
Letter: Pray for persecuted Christians
Letter: Memorial Day meaning can get lost
4-H trains youth as camp counselors
4-H'ers take the stage
Master gardeners plant sale coming up
Crabgrass prevention in your home lawn
Gardening Brown Bag series offered
Groundbreaking next week on mental health facility
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New Aagard program provides tool cabinets for employees
Chamber introduces new networking event
ATCC Foundation holds scholarship recognition event
hires and promotions
On The Street
September 24, 2014
It’s time to put your garden to bed
Fall is a bittersweet time of beginnings and endings. Bright yellow school buses abound as children start a brand new school year. Rose bushes burst with their last colorful blossoms; tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are plentiful; and my kitchen is filled with the mixed aromas of...
September 24, 2014 - 12:00am
September 3, 2014
What a sweet pepper plant!
Marvin Slama, a resident at Windmill Ponds in Alexandria, grew this sweet pepper plant in his apartment. While most bell pepper plants grow between...
September 3, 2014 - 6:40am
August 20, 2014
When are my melons ready to pick?
There is nothing better than biting into a ripe, juicy melon on a warm summer day. Summertime wouldn’t be complete without enjoying this tasty fruit while spending some relaxation time by the lake. As a gardener, it seems so easy – plant, grow, harvest, cut and eat. The most...
August 20, 2014 - 12:00am
August 6, 2014
Bandits of the night
Chickens have been slowly disappearing from our barn. Recently, I found the culprit: a young mother raccoon and her eight little ones. Although some may find raccoons cute and funny, I find them aggressive and menacing. Raccoons can be a real problem in the garden. They dig in vegetable...
August 6, 2014 - 12:00am
July 16, 2014
Snapdragons for your garden
The hot humid days of summer have arrived, and with them, that childhood favorite, Antirrhinum majus, the ubiquitous snapdragon. These prolific annuals come in every color but blue and start easily from seed. Snapdragons are most productive in full sun, 6-8 hours a day, but can...
July 16, 2014 - 12:00am
July 9, 2014
Mosquitoes, oh my!
If you’ve spent any time at all outside this summer, you are aware of the sudden mass influx of mosquitoes. These pesky bugs are not only irritating, but they can also spread disease-causing organisms to humans and animals. West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause...
July 9, 2014 - 12:00am
July 2, 2014
Flooded gardens and short season crops
Here we go again. The weather roller coaster has hit the top of that first hill, and the thrill ride has begun. Storms, wind and rain have made this year’s gardening season a challenge. Flooded beds and delayed planting will greatly affect this year’s harvest, and some gardeners...
July 2, 2014 - 12:00am
June 25, 2014
Leaves of three, let it be
Summer is here, the kids are out of school, and everyone is spending more time outside. Some of my best summer memories involved camping in the...
June 25, 2014 - 12:00am
June 18, 2014
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, e-mails 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...
June 18, 2014 - 12:00am
June 11, 2014
Master gardeners plan garden tour
The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County will sponsor its annual Garden Bus Tour on Wednesday, June 18. This year’s tour will stop at four locations in and around West Central Minnesota. Bluebird Gardens in Fergus Falls is the first stop. Owner...
June 11, 2014 - 12:00am
June weed of the month: Dalmatian toadflax
A perennial plant native to the Mediterranean is June’s Weed of the Month. Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica) was brought to the western U.S. as an ornamental, escaped cultivation and has become a noxious weed throughout many western states. Dalmatian toadflax invades and overtakes...
June 11, 2014 - 12:00am
June 4, 2014
Warmer weather welcomes farmers market season
Another farmers market season is under way in Minnesota. Even with the late start to spring, most markets in the southern to metro regions are now open for business, while those in northern Minnesota will be opening throughout the month of June. With the help of high tunnels, hoop...
June 4, 2014 - 12:00am
May 28, 2014
Public invited to perennial workshop
The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County will offer a class on perennials, focusing on plants that do well in this area’s climate. It will be held on Monday, June 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Douglas County Extension Meeting Room in the Douglas County...
May 28, 2014 - 12:00am
May 7, 2014
Master gardeners to host plant sale
The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County will host its annual spring plant sale on Saturday, May 17 at 9:15 a.m. at Viking Plaza in Alexandria. People are also invited to attend a demonstration on how to create a succulent garden at 9 a.m. that day. Attendees...
May 7, 2014 - 12:00am
May weed of the month: Grecian foxglove
In parts of Minnesota, a toxic, herbaceous plant, Grecian foxglove (Digitalis lanata), has become invasive. Native to central and southern Europe,...
May 7, 2014 - 12:00am