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After budget veto, Minnesota Senate plans to shut down in July; House in September
Four arrested in Evansville drug bust
WATCH: ACLU releases video showing 'excessive force' by southwest Minnesota drug task force agent
For the record
Man who stopped traffic on I-94 dies while in custody
Hundreds gather at Fireman's Field for celebration night in Carlos
Alexandria trap team sends squad to state
Legion Baseball: Post 188 tops Osakis at home
Mission accomplished: Parkers Prairie baseball gets its title a year later
State baseball: Hibbing, Marshall both stun Cards with walk-offs as Alexandria finishes fourth in Class AAA
Expanding Outreach: Food Shelf celebrates expansion
Schjei Country to perform at West Moe Church
Alexandria actors play key roles in Barrett play
Sweetland runs this week at Theatre L'Homme Dieu
Ham radio demonstration June 24-25
Engaged - Strater and Lambert
Engaged - Bruzik and Johnson
Engaged - Fogelson and Gibbons
Engaged - Teichert and Kelly
Engaged - Schmidt and Murray
Courrier lands nice bass
Big fish highlight third Douglas County Bowfishing Challenge
Mike Frisch: Finding June walleyes
Walleye bite picks up on some area lakes
Osakis walleye tourney set for this weekend
Janice "Jan" Larsen
Timothy J. Olson
Orville Arnold Botner
Lorraine Van Santen
Mary Anna Louise Swenson
Commentary: Water wells are safe
Editorial: Newspapers still top choice for news
In the Know: Help available for businesses
Observations from the Archives: 1992: Eurasian milfoil appears in Lake Oscar
It's Our Turn: Building a solid foundation
4-H announces K-3 summer camps
Master gardener shares cold-hardy plant information
Many options for shade plants
Extension service helps with pressure canning
What's going on with the evergreens??
Chamber holds 26th annual golf tournament
Tolkkinen joins Echo Press staff
JCI Minnesota looking for outstanding young Minnesotans
Lake Carlos Marina under new ownership
Vaagenes receives hospital award
hires and promotions
On The Street
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
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
Grow a nutritious garden in a pot
By Melinda Myers Gardening author and columnist Don’t let a lack of time or space get in the way of gardening your way to a healthy lifestyle....
April 23, 2014 - 12:00am
April 2, 2014
Try growing strawberries this season
Strawberries are one of the most delicious home garden fruits to grow. They are cold-hardy and adaptable, making them one of the easiest berries to grow. While most fruit trees take several years to begin bearing, you can harvest your own strawberries the very first summer. And even...
April 2, 2014 - 12:00am
March 26, 2014
How will your garden grow? Tips for planning a new garden
The first question you should ask yourself when planning a new garden is “Why do I want a garden?” Maybe you have a shady spot where grass won’t grow, but hostas and ferns would. Perhaps you have fond memories of your grandmother’s cottage garden, full of color and texture. Your...
March 26, 2014 - 12:00am
March 12, 2014
Let’s Get Growing workshop offered Saturday, March 29
University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County invite the public to their annual “Let’s Get Growing” workshop on Saturday, March 29 at 8:45 a.m. at the Alexandria Technical and Community College, Office and Information Technology Center. Registration is...
March 12, 2014 - 12:00am
February 19, 2014
Pruning in dormancy to promote tree health
Now is the time to start pruning your fruit trees. Pruning your trees while they are in dormancy reduces the possibility of fire blight in crabapples, apples and pears, as well as minimizing canker diseases in cherries and plums. A good pair of pruning shears is probably one of...
February 19, 2014 - 12:00am
February 12, 2014
Todd County Garden Day set for Saturday, March 8
The Todd County Master Gardeners will host the semi-annual Garden Day on Saturday, March 8 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 4th Street, Long Prairie. The keynote speaker will be Joel Karsten, who specializes in straw bale gardening. The event will also feature...
February 12, 2014 - 12:00am
Blooming plants to brighten the winter blahs
By Robin Trott - U of M Extension Educator This long cold winter is dragging on, and I’m ready for some color! Since spring is still a long way off, I am on the lookout for indoor blooming plants that will provide a respite from this bleak season. If you are also looking for...
February 12, 2014 - 12:00am
February 5, 2014
Selecting plants for your garden
By Robin Trott - U of M Extension Educator If you are new to gardening, you might be confused by all the different decisions you have to make when selecting plants. Why does the same plant have so many different names? What’s the difference between annuals and perennials? How...
February 5, 2014 - 12:00am
January 29, 2014
Herbicide damage from composted ditch hay
By Robin Trott - U of M Extension Educator This past summer, a friend and market farmer who sells produce at the local farmers market came in with a problem. Her high tunnel planted tomatoes had heavily veined, cupped and wrinkled leaves…all the typical signs of herbicide damage. The...
January 29, 2014 - 12:00am
January 21, 2014
Annual pick of the month
By Robin Trott - U of M Extension Educator Life never slows down on the flower farm. Every year we start about 65,000 plants from seed, and those that take the longest (lisianthus and trachelium) were planted last weekend. Eustoma grandiflorum (lisianthus) is one of my favorite...
January 21, 2014 - 11:11pm
January 8, 2014
Plant selection helps maintain healthy bee population
Robin Trott - U of M Extension Educator You have undoubtedly heard recent stories about the precipitous decline in bee populations in recent years. Whether due to colony collapse disorder, where for still unknown reasons, worker bees simply abandon the hive; or the reckless use...
January 8, 2014 - 1:06am
December 31, 2013
2013 University of Minnesota top 10 performing annuals
By Robin Trott - University of Minnesota Extension Educator I love annuals! Interspersed with perennial plants, they fill my garden with bright colors and interesting textures all season long. Each year, hundreds of cultivars are trialed at the University of Minnesota West Central...
December 31, 2013 - 12:43am
December 24, 2013
Native plants for a sustainable landscape
By Robin Trott - U of M Extension Educator Douglas County sits on the eastern edge of what once was a vast prairie, 18 million acres that stretched across the state from southeast to northwest. Early settlers crossing this part of the state encountered a sea of grass and unbroken...
December 24, 2013 - 8:39am