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Families share shocking stories of elder abuse at Minn. care centers
Cities say they need state money to meet water rules
High school team first at Knowledge Bowl
New rules proposed for vacation rentals
For the record
Gould named CLC performer of the week
Boys basketball: Osakis wins second straight Prairie title
Girls basketball: Osakis grabs conference win in last home game
Boys basketball: Brainerd hits nine threes to down Alexandria
Boys basketball: Chargers put scare into Hancock before falling short
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
What would Mr. Fitzgerald think?
Rose Cummings (Mom of Pat Gustafson)
Mike Frisch: A one-two punch for perch
Northeast's Minnesota moose population remains low but stable
Is feeding the ducks helping or hurting them?
Wolf, entangled in snare, shot and killed in Duluth
Albert takes a position with the DNR
Dirk Morgan Hezlep
Curtis H. Weber
Dorothy M. Arne
DiAnn E. Bakke
IN THE KNOW: Shootings need long-term solution
LETTER: Is government trying to disarm the public?
LETTER: Where do elected leaders stand on gun control?
EDITORIAL: Alexandria should raise tobacco age to 21
OUR TURN: It's not easy, but it's pretty simple
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
Alexandria J.C. Penney store to close
USDA: Farm profits to fall in 2018
Adding some kick to downtown: Martial arts studio moves into new location, expands classes
Report: Minnesota solar jobs jumped 48 percent last year
Estate planning seminar on Tuesday
hires and promotions
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August 25, 2017
Commentary: Why did 'vote no' school group hire consultant?
Editor's note: This commentary is written by Don LeSage, liaison for the B-E CARE Committee. The questions are from Echo Press and focus on the committee's decision to hire Paul Dorr as a consultant to try to defeat Brandon-Evansville's $38.75 million new school referendum. Why did...
August 25, 2017 - 1:03pm
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
Commentary: Think of the possibilities new school would bring
By Diane C. Olson, retired B/E teacher, Brandon, MN I get it, but then I don't. I grew up on a small farm near Herman but that farming life has changed. Farmers are buying up and renting the smaller farms so there are less people living in the rural areas. Heck, Herman even tried...
August 18, 2017 - 10:51am
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
Commentary: City doesn't have right to ban new wells
By Steven Traut, Alexandria, MN
August 16, 2017 - 8:48am
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 10, 2017
Commentary: Students need new school to explore careers
By Jason Sieling, Evansville, MN I am the Industrial Technology instructor at Brandon-Evansville Public Schools. My wife (Kasi), son (Wyatt), and I currently live in a very quiet part of Evansville we enjoy very much. Like many of my fellow colleagues and friends within the community...
August 10, 2017 - 8:20am
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 4, 2017
Commentary: Consider the children in B-E school vote
By Dan Johnson, Brandon, MN I have proudly taught in the Brandon and Brandon-Evansville school districts for 15 years. I have also proudly raised two sons in the communities of western Douglas County.
August 4, 2017 - 12:33pm
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
August 2, 2017
Commentary: A travesty at Boy Scouts Jamboree
By Robert J. Byers, Charleston, West Virginia I don't blame the Boy Scouts for President Donald Trump's bizarre speech at the National Jamboree in West Virginia on Monday. The U.S. president is, after all, the honorary president of the Scouts. If he wants to speak at the National...
August 2, 2017 - 5:45pm
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