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BHS yearbook adviser on paid leave
Remembering the uncle he never met
AgweekTV: Better grilling
Education funding up, but union urges veto
Viking Speedway: Shaw wins nice payday, Miltona's Hellerman takes her first feature
Eagles Horseshoe League Standings
Trap Shooting: Perfect score from Brezina leads Alexandria shooters
Track and Field: Minnewaska, WCA battle in subsections
Baseball: Merritt tosses complete game in starting pitching debut
Still duty bound: Inspiration Peak Legion conducts military honors
Memorial Day events
Photo of the week
Learn about easy-to-grow veggies
Engaged - Bruzik and Johnson
Engaged - Teichert and Kelly
Engaged - Schmidt and Murray
Engaged - Harstad and Engebretson
Wedding - Von Bank and Hoelscher
Morken: Becoming a better bow hunter
Nice bass for Maeyaert
Fee increases added to final environment bill
Morken: Still time to fill that tag as toms continue to sound off
Minnesota opener: Slow going on Reno Saturday morning
Timothy D. Claussen
Kathleen Rose Kaar
It's Our Turn: Sharing a strong bond – recovery
Letter: March for Truth in Glenwood
Letter: Suicide should never be glorified
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press
Guest editorial: Take a bigger view of what's underwater
4-H trains youth as camp counselors
4-H'ers take the stage
Master gardeners plant sale coming up
Crabgrass prevention in your home lawn
Gardening Brown Bag series offered
Winery, brewery and distillery hope customers come crawling
Groundbreaking next week on mental health facility
On the Street
New Aagard program provides tool cabinets for employees
Chamber introduces new networking event
hires and promotions
On The Street
March 24, 2017
COMMENTARY: Proposed well ban could be disastrous
By Steven Traut, Alexandria, MN I'd like to shed some light on this proposed city well ban. I have been drilling wells in the Alexandria area for the last 40 years. I have extensive knowledge of the geology and aquifers in the area. I was instrumental in helping create the Wellhead...
March 24, 2017 - 8:00am
COMMENTARY: Bill promoted by NorthStar Christian Academy hurts Minnesota students
By Ken Howell, Alexandria, MN
March 24, 2017 - 8:00am
March 17, 2017
COMMENTARY: Democracy dies in darkness
By John Bodette, St. Cloud, MN Welcome to Sunshine Week, a national effort to promote openness in government. Sunshine Week is brought to you by the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. When we are experiencing "fake news," "alternative...
March 17, 2017 - 8:00am
March 15, 2017
COMMENTARY: An early start for a strong farm bill
By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota A sugar beet grower told us about how crop insurance is working for his farm in the Red River Valley. A school board member in Canby is concerned about meeting the food needs of local families. An ethanol producer shared his plans to expand...
March 15, 2017 - 7:00am
March 10, 2017
COMMENTARY: New state ditch-mowing regulations defy belief
By State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, MN On occasion, a rule comes down from somewhere in government and the reaction from most folks is one of disbelief, or "this can't be true." I think that pretty well sums up the feeling of many toward the recent announcement from MnDOT concerning...
March 10, 2017 - 8:00am
March 8, 2017
COMMENTARY: Help Ronald McDonald House help families
By Allen Senstad, Alexandria MN Pop tabs. Such little things. Yet little things can make a big difference. My family spent the holidays this past year in a way no parent wants to spend them. My son Matt developed complications from an earlier surgery on his spine and doctors discovered...
March 8, 2017 - 8:00am
February 17, 2017
COMMENTARY: Do we need a water czar?
By State Rep. Jeff Backer, R-Browns Valley, MN
February 17, 2017 - 10:03am
Commentary: Give Minnesotans a more affordable choice for health insurance
By Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Tony Lourey, Rep. Clark Johnson, St. Paul, MN Since 1859, the Sexton family has owned and operated the Irish Ridge Dairy Farm in Millville, about 25 miles northeast of Rochester. Sheri and Vince Sexton run the family dairy today. Like generations before them,...
February 17, 2017 - 10:00am
February 8, 2017
COMMENTARY: The Wetterlings and print media
By Joe Speer, editor of The Free Press, Mankato, MN There is nothing more compelling at a newspaper convention than Patty and Jerry Wetterling...
February 8, 2017 - 8:00am
February 3, 2017
COMMENTARY: Repealing Obamacare puts rural hospitals at risk
By Alan Morgan, CEO, National Rural Health Association, Washington, D.C. Plans were laid in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act as soon as Donald Trump takes the presidential oath of office. Hidden inside the law is a little-known provision unrelated to the health insurance...
February 3, 2017 - 8:00am
COMMENTARY: Zebra mussels are mucking up our lakes
By Greg Henry, Otter Tail County Water Planner 2007-2012, Douglas County Water Planner 2012-2016
February 3, 2017 - 8:00am
February 1, 2017
COMMENTARY: Can the media hold politicians accountable?
By Lee H. Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress, Indiana University If you watched Donald Trump's recent press conference, you may have overlooked a telling and worrisome moment. A CNN reporter tried to ask the president-elect about the extent of his ties to Russian officials....
February 1, 2017 - 8:00am
January 13, 2017
COMMENTARY: Senator will put Minnesota first
By U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota In the wake of last year's dramatic and surprising presidential election, there's a lot of uncertainty about what the new year will bring. Given the political earthquake we experienced in 2016, I'll refrain from making any predictions about what...
January 13, 2017 - 8:00am
January 11, 2017
COMMENTARY: School choice matters for Minnesota families
By Andrew R. Campanella, Blue Mountain Beach, Florida In our country, we love to customize, whether it's a new addition to the house or the colors and fonts surrounding our text messages. We choose everything, from our line of work to our preferred place to grab lunch, where we probably...
January 11, 2017 - 8:00am
January 6, 2017
COMMENTARY: Our system has no guarantees
By Lee H. Hamilton, former Congressman, Bloomington, IN There are a lot of dire predictions about our representative democracy. We're just past a presidential election campaign in which candidates complained about a rigged political system. Now, commentators worry about the imminent...
January 6, 2017 - 8:00am