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UPDATE: Boyfriend with a record arrested in crash that killed University of St. Thomas student
Motorcycle crash on I-94 near Garfield leaves Nevada man dead
Douglas County preliminary tax levy shows 3.96 increase
Gravel pit plan has Forada concerned; meeting set for Wednesday
Law Enforcement Blotter: Monday, September 18
Tennis: Cardinals defeat Moorhead, 6-2
Tennis: Minnewaska adds loss and win to record
Blizzard hockey: Alexandria opens season with a weekend split
Soccer: Cards lose 6-2 to Moorhead despite Kuhn's two goals
Volleyball: WCA loses in three to Pelican Rapids
New musicians invited to Open Mic Night
Habitat for Humanity dedicates home, seeks more clients
Photo of the Week
Essay contest: What stories can the stones tell?
Don & Betty Kuelbs
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Gary & Molly Buse
DNR release: Optimistic about Saturday's duck opener
Posted, but done properly? Rules, prosecuting case can be complicated
Mike Frisch: Cover more water
A whirlwind of a win: Alexandria anglers take big payday in first pro tournament
DNR roadside survey: Pheasant index down 26 percent
Betty Ruth Berry
Martha Lynn Greengo
Mary M. Odland
It's Our Turn: A whole lot of living to do
Observations from the Archives: 1967: Corn silk bandit robs Holmes City co-op
Letter: Bike helmets prevent brain injuries
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views from the Echo Press Editorial Board
It's Your Turn: Readers react to Wi-Fi on school buses
Dairy council seeks candidates
Tomato tasting at the library
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
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Feds allow more time for comment on Internet access
Alexandria ReStore remains open, plans expansion
Glenwood resort receives Century Resort designation
Minnesota adds 7,700 jobs in July; unemployment rate unchanged
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October 8, 2014
Fall planted bulbs for spring blooms
It seems strange to talk about planting this time of year, but now is the time to plant spring bulbs and garlic. When it comes to producing color early in the season, you can’t beat spring-flowering perennial bulbs. If cared for properly, they’ll come back year after year from...
October 8, 2014 - 12:00am
October 1, 2014
2015 Minnesota gardening calendar is available
The 2015 Minnesota Gardening Calendar is now available at the University of Minnesota Extension Office in Alexandria. This award-winning 12-month calendar, produced by University of Minnesota Extension horticulturists, is filled with gardening tips, garden photography and a vegetable...
October 1, 2014 - 12:00am
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.
June 18, 2014 - 12:00am
June 11, 2014
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
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 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