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Douglas County Sheriff's Office warns of dangerous ice conditions
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Audit: Minn. welfare programs have lax eligibility checks
It's back: Minnesota Senate has plan to revive Real ID
Higher education bills call for Minnesota State tuition freezes
Panthers' Denny looks forward with almost entire team intact from runner-up finish
Morken's musings: Reason to believe in Gophers future
Where are they now: Duwenhoegger wins MIAC shot put title
Paulson honored as Knights MVP
Four B-E players named LEC, Pheasant all-league
Alexandria Public School elementary students 'cash in' on creativity
Artists, crafters sought for Art of the Lakes tour
Love INC welcomes volunteer and Life Skills Class coordinator
Judy Slegh brings healing ministry to House of Prayer
Boy Scouts to conduct 29th annual Scouting for Food drive
Births - March 24, 2017
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Engaged - Freiderich and Blumhoefer
Births - March 3, 2017
Mike Frisch: What's my walleye line?
Art of every size, shape and color
DNR release: Catch-and-release summer walleye season announced for Mille Lacs
Carvers coming to the RCC
Bald eagles migrating back to Minnesota
Janice Carol Schultz
Donald W. Anderson
Lois Elaine Lindberg
Clarence Raymond Lehn
COMMENTARY: Proposed well ban could be disastrous
COMMENTARY: Bill promoted by NorthStar Christian Academy hurts Minnesota students
IT'S OUR TURN: Have you had 'the talk' yet?
FORUM EDITORIAL: Allow cameras in federal courts
IN THE KNOW: Alexandria is top micropolitan in Minnesota
Agriculture going strong in Douglas County
Douglas County Master Gardeners present Let's Get Growing workshop
Wussows named a Yieldmaster contest winner
Nominate a Farm Mom of the Year
Selecting fragrant flowers for your cutting garden
Cherry Berry closes
Edgewater Natural Family Medicine to host grand opening
Coffee lover branches out: Alexandria man turns roasting into a side business
Ecumen Bethany Community receives Customer Experience Award
Parkers Prairie bar and grill is first to serve liquor
hires and promotions
On The Street
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
February 24, 2016
IT'S YOUR TURN: Readers talk about slippery roads
Editor's note: This "Your Turn" includes comments posted on the Echo Press Facebook page in response to our Feb. 19 story about slippery road...
February 24, 2016 - 12:00am
February 19, 2016
Buffer strip questions linger
By State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, District 12B The latest “dust up” regarding the recently passed and controversial buffer legislation is interesting, if not frustrating. It has to do with private drainage ditches, and if they are included in the mandate to have protective...
February 19, 2016 - 12:00am