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Law enforcement blotter: Tuesday, July 26
Around the County: Millerville Butter Days
GMO bill edges ahead in U.S. House
1,000 cyclists on a mission roll through Douglas County
A knockout Party in the Street
Seven under-14 Alex Swim Club members head to state at Rochester
A first time finisher at Grandma's: Hochsprung youngest male finisher at Duluth marathon
Millers look ahead to next summer after two losses
Alexandria set to host VFW tournament this weekend
Bemidji takes Sub-state 14 title from Alex
A treasure trove of crafts awaits at Art in the Park
Grants offered for artists to quick start next project
Alexandria Public Schools back-to-school packets are ready
Nutty for coconut ice cream
Benefit for Steve Pederson family is July 30
Engaged - Solyntjes and Triplett
Births - July 22, 2016
Engaged - Buschette and Krivanek
Births - July 15, 2016
Births - June 28-July 2, 2016
Big smallmouth caught during boat parade
Locals make good on Minnewaska
DNR release: Muskies to be stocked in Gull and Fairmont chain of lakes
Seniors get their day on the water (W/video)
Hess brings in nice bass on Whiskey Lake in Brandon
Myrna A. Zimmerman
Ruth Ann Struck
Carol Diane Jeffries
Wendy Jo (Muzik) Kuhnau
Megan E. Movold
LETTER: Some people think laws don't apply to them
LETTER: Unique ecosystem needs protection
LETTER: Candidate can't keep simple promise
IN THE KNOW: There is so much right with America
From the archives - 2006: Bill Ingebrigtsen files for Senate as Republican candidate
Save money, water by using rain barrels
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
Corn Views: Farmers take leadership role on water quality issues
Stay up-to-date on Douglas County FSA
Gardening for the senses
Three single moms can now get to work
DEED offers updated legal guide to privacy and data security
Chamber Ambassadors celebrate two businesses
Hilltop Lumber goes 'above and beyond'
Bell State Bank and Trust receives five stars from bank research firm
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On The Street
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
Crabgrass prevention in your home lawn
The annual harbinger of spring has arrived: The spring lawn care questions have begun in earnest, specifically, when to start treating for crabgrass. If you want to preemptively strike out against this menace, the following information should help in your home lawn defense. Crabgrass...
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
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
April 23, 2014
Plant spring 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 23, 2014 - 12:00am