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Live stream: Jacob Wetterling funeral service at 10 a.m. today
AgweekTV: Riding for cancer
Update: Fire reported at grain elevator in Brandon (w/video)
CAPITOL CHATTER: Minnesota Capitol not alone in renovation work
Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, Sept. 22
Blizzard hockey: Freeze edge Alex in the final period
Football: Morris remains unbeaten against Minnewaska
Blizzard hockey: Alex falls at New Ulm
Football: Christenson runs wild in win at Willmar
Area football scores from Friday, Sept. 24
Butterfly babies:Loss of twin sons at birth spurs involvement in memorial 5K
Love INC to host annual fundraiser
Life campaign gathers for the unborn
The Kingery Family presents music with a vision
Births - Sept. 23, 2016
Engaged - Schutta and Kelly
Engaged - Hanson and Arceneau
Births - Sept. 9, 2016
Births - Aug. 26, 2016
What makes a trophy hunter?
From Austin to Alex
Mike Frisch: Fall walleye tips
Morken: The final tune-ups before the season
Kathleen L. Haining
Franklin L. Cobb
Phillip O. Thompson
Sallie A. DeBoer
"Monty" Francis Hevern
EDITORIAL: How to survive a crash with a power pole
IN THE KNOW: A wonderful, vibrant area
LETTER: Heroic actions saved lives
IT'S OUR TURN: Photos and the First Amendment
EDITORIAL: Don't take emergency care for granted
Farm loan program offers options for on-farm storage
Watch tractors in action at Plow Day 2016
Improving yields and water quality
YOU ASKED: Who planted the sunflowers near interstate?
Extension Column: Now is the time to take cuttings from your favorite annuals
Website launched for small businesses, entrepreneurs
Bell Bank named among 'Best Banks to Work For'
Carlos Creek Winery honored for Business and Industrial Appreciation Day
Employers of the Year nominations sought
Lake Darling Resort to replace Viking Trail Resort
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
June 3, 2016
COMMENTARY: Bonding bill needed now for affordable housing in Minnesota
By Skip Duchesneau, President of D.W. Jones, Inc., Walker, MN Across Minnesota, rents are rising and income is falling. Since 2000, here in Douglas County, rents have jumped 16 percent while income has declined 5 percent – making housing a significant burden for a growing number...
June 3, 2016 - 12:00am
May 27, 2016
COMMENTARY: Ice programs not looking for handout
By Kent Kopp, AAHA President, Alexandria, MN I want to share some thoughts from a hockey parent/organizer perspective regarding our current ice shortage at the Runestone Community Center (RCC), and our need to build an additional sheet of ice for our user groups. A common comment...
May 27, 2016 - 12:00am
May 20, 2016
COMMENTARY: Micropolitans ready for investments
By Tim Fisher, former Alexandria resident and CEO of Taconia Marketing in Maple Grove, MN Minnesota Real Estate Journal, along with Taconia Inc./KW...
May 20, 2016 - 12:00am
May 18, 2016
COMMENTARY: Learn all you can about candidates; remember to vote
By Bev Bales, Douglas County Commissioner, Carlos, MN With all the hullabaloo going on with this year’s election, it is hard to keep the faith. Never have we seen such theatrics, at least in my lifetime. What does it all mean? Well, definitely, folks are not happy with the way things...
May 18, 2016 - 12:00am
May 13, 2016
COMMENTARY: Leave budget surplus for tax relief, roads and bridges
By State Rep. Mary Franson, (R) District 8B, Alexandria, MN Last year, lawmakers were looking forward to the prospects of a $1.2 billion surplus for the current legislative session. Fast forward to February of this year and we received some not so great news. The state is now looking...
May 13, 2016 - 12:00am
April 27, 2016
COMMENTARY: Support the Greater Minnesota Brain Gain bills to attract residents
By Jim Stratton, Chairman, Minnesota Rural Counties Caucus and Douglas County Commissioner, Alexandria, Minnesota Progress being what it is, a lot has changed since the 1960s. One key attitude that remains stuck in a time-warp is the narrative that Greater Minnesota is losing its...
April 27, 2016 - 12:00am
April 20, 2016
COMMENTARY: Let's save the planet for our children
By Jami Gaither, Alexandria, MN Earth Day 2016 finds us still at odds with regard to climate change, but isn’t it time we find unity? If only for the sake of our children? Doesn’t every child deserve the right to life on a planet with healthy water, air and soil? There is a Native...
April 20, 2016 - 12:00am
April 15, 2016
COMMENTARY: Government needs to work better
By Tim Howard, Minneapolis, MN As a global power-sports leader, our company [Polaris Industries] knows the importance of getting people where they want to go, no matter the terrain. So when we need to transport our personnel to plants across the U.S., we turn to general aviation....
April 15, 2016 - 12:00am
April 13, 2016
COMMENTARY: Lawmakers accomplish little so far
By Don Davis, Forum News Service Capitol Reporter, St. Paul, MN Little is happening in the 2016 Minnesota Legislature. As the midpoint of this year’s short 10-week session nears, just three bills have been signed into law (two related to unemployment benefits and one opening the...
April 13, 2016 - 12:00am
April 6, 2016
COMMENTARY: Join in the celebration of National Public Health Week
By Sandy Tubbs, PHN, Administrator, Horizon Public Health, Alexandria, MN All across the nation, during the week of April 4-10, 2016, state and local public health departments are being recognized for their role in bringing community partners together to create a healthier community...
April 6, 2016 - 12:00am
April 1, 2016
COMMENTARY: new tools needed to protect Minnesota seniors against financial fraud
By Mike Rothman, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner, St. Paul, MN The Minnesota Commerce Department recently came to the aid of an older woman who had met a man on a well-known dating website. We weren’t breaking up a romance. We were stopping a crime. The man claimed to be a Minnesotan...
April 1, 2016 - 12:00am
March 30, 2016
COMMENTARY: Politicians who insist on purity impede solutions
By Lee H. Hamilton, former Congressman, Bloomington, IN If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and confidence in the political...
March 30, 2016 - 12:00am
March 25, 2016
COMMENTARY: Broadband Internet isn't nice, it's necessary
By Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, St. Paul, MN Minnesota’s rural communities are the economic and cultural backbone of our state. Rural communities provide Minnesotans with good job opportunities in a diverse range of industries from farming to forestry, and machinery to medical research....
March 25, 2016 - 12:00am
March 23, 2016
COMMENTARY: Communities need to get the lead out
By Peter Suechting, Minneapolis, MN Minnesotans take their drinking water for granted sometimes. We think of contaminated drinking water as a problem that happens to other people in other parts of the world; that is, until the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan forced us to realize...
March 23, 2016 - 12:00am
March 18, 2016
COMMENTARY: WCI is already addressing pressing issues
By Brad Barth, president, West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls, MN Recently, West Central Initiative staff heard Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith speak on the issues at the top of the governor's 2016 agenda. Included on her list were: Accessible workforce housing, early education, transportation,...
March 18, 2016 - 12:00am