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Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, Oct. 27
Photo of the Week
Mice: The 'hole' story
Farewell to Randy's
Help available for MNsure signup
Area volleyball playoff scores from Thursday, Oct. 27
Volleyball: NL-S ends Lakers' season in 3AA opener
Another round in a rivalry
B-E's next step: Beating Verndale
Sports schedule for Friday, Oct. 28
Otterness takes top honors in national field competition
Ecumen Bethany Community offers free memory screenings
Anishinaabe-Ojibwe storyteller to present at EAC
Hope and healing after abortion
Carlos to host youth Halloween party
Births - Oct. 21, 2016
Births - Oct. 14, 2016
Engaged - Schwab and Ronning
Engaged - Schmitz and Volesky
The rush of the flush
From the stand: Bucks starting to move
DNR Report: Drawdown underway on Pope County lake
A memorable moose in Alaska
DNR Release: Lake Carlos State Park to offer snowshoe-lacing workshop
Gordon L. Peterson
Melissa Heen Peterson
Paul John Dalluge
Floretta A. Ziegelmann
LETTER: Finish sessions without chaos
LETTER: Vote for healthy gridlock
LETTER: Gail Kulp is clear choice
LETTER: Franson flip; Ingebrigtsen out of touch
LETTER: Candidate pledges to work hard
Top 10 fall garden chores
AgCountry Farm Credit Services to award scholarships
ASK A TROOPER: Do farm vehicles need pilot cars?
FSA is committed to assisting producers
Find out what is a fair farm rental agreement at meeting
LAPW announces 2016 Employers of the Year
Alexandria among cheapest cities for car insurance
FAST adds large robotic welder to Glenwood facility
Alexandria credit unions team up to volunteer
Chamber Ambassadors visit three businesses
hires and promotions
On The Street
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
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
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
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
December 17, 2013
Last minute gifts for the constant gardener
By Robin Trott - U of M Extension Educator Do you have an avid gardener on your Christmas list? There’s still time to shop for that special, gardening Christmas present. Many local businesses carry items that would appeal to your gardening friends and relatives, including hand...
December 17, 2013 - 10:47pm