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Police honored for work on mental illness cases
Corn, soybean yields down but still a good crop
A tricky transplant: Iraq veteran found a kidney donor but needs temporary housing
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Alexandria Bantam A team wins Blue Ox Tournament bracket
Yohnke feeling out his football future
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
College to show film about Rwanda war crimes
Dave & Jean Schonberg
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Larry & Terry Sather
A rare mule deer sighting near Alexandria
DNR: Seven deer presumed positive for CWD in area 603 after initial test
Finally his turn
Opening morning memory
Firearm deer harvest up 10 percent from 2016 so far
Ann M. Nussbaum
Roger W. Cook
EDITORIAL: Advice for Black Friday shoppers
LETTER: Who benefits from proposed tax cuts?
LETTER: The religion of Americanism
COMMENTARY: E-cigarettes are a public health concern
LETTER: False teacher in our midst
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
KCCO going away, but CBS signal may stay
Laven re-elected to the state chamber board
Alex born company now part of global high-tech firm
UPDATED: 2 Minnesota Target stores closing
Alexandria lawyer honored for helping poor
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August 30, 2017
In the Know: Taking classrooms into the 21st century
In the spring of 2016, with direction from the Alexandria School Board, we began utilizing a design thinking process to redesign learning spaces. Design thinking in education is a mindset and an approach to learning, collaboration and problem solving. This process began with Discovery...
August 30, 2017 - 8:17am
August 25, 2017
It's Our Turn: Civil War was all about slavery
Last week, my colleague Lowell Anderson, a very pleasant workmate, wrote a piece about the causes of the Civil War that I absolutely have to respond to. He said the cause of the Civil War was not slavery but state's rights, an argument I heard all the time when I worked in Alabama,...
August 25, 2017 - 4:04pm
August 24, 2017
In the Know: Here's how tax increment financing works
Tax increment financing is a flexible economic development tool that uses the increased property taxes that a new real estate development generates...
August 24, 2017 - 8:41am
Observations from the Archives: 1917: Marriage applications fall during WWI draft
1917, 100 years ago: There are now over twenty old people at the Bethany Old Folk's home and more applications are coming in continually. FOR SALE: Purebred rose-comb brown leghorn cockerels. April hatched. One for $1.00. Three for $2.50. Six for $5.00. 1967, 50 years ago: Glaston...
August 24, 2017 - 6:33am
August 18, 2017
It's Our Turn: Will we let hatred divide us?
The Civil War was a sad, dark time for all Americans. It was a time when we fought against each other and tested the resolve of the country to stay one group of united states. The war cost us the lives of 620,000 Americans. However, in the end, our resolve was strengthened and we...
August 18, 2017 - 4:45pm
August 16, 2017
Observations from the Archives: 1967: Fair features racing ostrich-pulled carts
1917, 100 years ago: James J. Ballentine, who has furlough from Fort Snelling for two weeks, is expected at Camp Ballentine to visit relatives....
August 16, 2017 - 9:15am
In the Know: Pay attention to city, county budgets
This is the time of year when city councils and county commissions are busy working on budgets for 2018. Their budget year starts January 1. (School districts do their work in the spring; their budget year starts July 1.) This is both an exciting and challenging time for people involved...
August 16, 2017 - 6:46am
August 9, 2017
In the Know: Alexandria -- a city of civility
What a great year I had as president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities! It was an honor, pleasure and privilege to represent this group that represents the very specific needs of rural Minnesota cities through members voting a slate of issues and legislative lobbying to...
August 9, 2017 - 6:22am
August 5, 2017
It's Our Turn: It's just not the same anymore
I used to enjoy a good thunderstorm. Watching the falling rain and flashing lightning from safe inside our home or under the cover of a porch was an exciting display of the power of nature. Even though our home for much of my latter childhood was a trailer house with no basement,...
August 5, 2017 - 7:32am
August 3, 2017
It's Your Turn: Readers debate jobs and wages
This "It's Your Turn" includes comments that were posted on the newspaper's Facebook page in response to our July 25 online story, "Minnesota gains 4,400 jobs in June." Jodi Fischbach: What is the state doing to entice people to move and live here? It's great to add that many jobs,...
August 3, 2017 - 6:15am
July 28, 2017
It's Our Turn: Road hogs, horn blasters and hell hounds
I like to walk, run and bike in the Alexandria lakes area. It's scenic, a great way to relieve stress and it's fun — even if it looks like I'm about to keel over as I'm plodding toward the end of a long run. When I don't get some outside activity after a couple of days, I feel...
July 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
July 27, 2017
Observations from the Archives: 1967: High-voltage wire claims three lives
1917, 100 years ago: A party of ladies picnicked with Miss Emma Ballentine and sisters, Mrs. Belle Worth, and Mrs. McSorley, at Camp Ballentine. They were Mesdames Oscar E. Erickson, Roy McKay, Hicks, Wold, and the Misses Susie Covel, Katie McKay, Maryann Sutton, Ida and Myrtle Tart,...
July 27, 2017 - 5:22am
July 23, 2017
It's Our Turn: Dare to do a random act of kindness
I don't usually write. I usually just go out and talk with people for my job as a sales representative for the Echo Press and Osakis Review. I love to help people, so it's fitting for me! It has always been in my nature to care, love and do simple surprises since I was a little girl....
July 23, 2017 - 7:58am
July 19, 2017
In The Know: The true side of volunteering
Volunteering has been getting a bad rep these last few years. The common conception is that people just don't volunteer anymore! That is so untrue! The truer side is that it is more difficult to volunteer. Legalities, potential lawsuits, the commitments required of a mobile society...
July 19, 2017 - 6:11am
Observations from the Archives: 2007: New land for a new high school
1917, 100 years ago: The electric wires and poles on the west side of Main Street in Alexandria were taken down. This frees the Main street from any poles or overhead wires, and very much improves the appearance of it. John C. Swenson is making extensive improvements on his lots on...
July 19, 2017 - 2:15am