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5 charged for holding pregnant Minnesota woman at gunpoint who they thought was meth dealer
For the record
Burglary, chase suspect sentenced
Soul of a surfer
Highway 114 near Garfield to close
Junior Legion state baseball: Alexandria takes lessons from 0-2 trip
Local teams ready to compete for Region 16C title
Resorters veteran wins MGA Amateur Championship
Bison Bound: Brock Anderson commits to NDSU
A wish come true for Kennedi Hay
A sweet setup to fight cancer
Garden concert features New Orleans sound
Engaged - Friedrichs and Werk
Engaged - Batcher and Janssen
Engaged - Berglin and Kolden
Engaged - Gearman and Whiting
Wedding - Karthikeyan and Freborg
Big smallmouth caught on Miltona
Equipment switch does the trick
A sunny day on Cowdry
Should have got a bigger net: Eight-year old lands 50-incher on Miltona
Mike Frisch: Froggin' for big bass
Steven Brian Ignowski
Shirley Ann Faehnrich
Alvin E. Sibell
David "Dave" A. Dittberner
Letter: Medicaid cuts hurt rural seniors
Echo Press Editorial: Keep school debate on the high road
Commentary: Memories of a heroes' welcome home
In The Know: Preparing for emergencies
Commentary Sandcastles and trespassing on Lake Ida
Millerville gets hands-on with butter
Tractors to parade down 36 mile memory lane
Douglas County 4-H campers
Cattlemen invite public to July 11 get-together
4-H announces K-3 summer camps
Schwan's announces acquisitions as frozen food company beefs up its pizza business
Aagard expands to pull all workers into one building
A new place for ink opens in Alexandria
Author Faith Sullivan to sign books in Alexandria
Knute Nelson partners with Centrex Rehab, adds memory care unit
hires and promotions
On The Street
July 15, 2016
COMMENTARY: The answers are blowing in the wind
By Tim Philbrick, Alexandria, MN Forty some years ago, as a young officer at Minot AFB, I was “detailed” to investigate the possible compromise of classified material. Two missile launch officers had innocently failed to return every expired, but still classified, code sheet following...
July 15, 2016 - 12:00am
July 1, 2016
COMMENTARY: Bridges, not walls, foster peace and security as refugees arrive
By Jeff Pugh, Boston, MA The mass shooting in Orlando reignited the battle over immigration of Muslims, despite the fact that the perpetrator was born in the U.S. As refugees flee war-torn countries seeking safety, some politicians in the West have warned these newcomers to stay out....
July 1, 2016 - 12:00am
COMMENTARY: Celebrate our independence this Fourth of July
By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota All across our state, Minnesotans are gathering with family and friends to celebrate the Fourth of July. There will be picnics, parades, and – of course – lots of fireworks. It’s good fun, and it’s for a great reason, to celebrate...
July 1, 2016 - 12:00am
June 29, 2016
COMMENTARY: A constitutional response to gun violence
By Jack Trammell, Mineral, VA President Obama has addressed the nation 14 times in seven years beginning with the Fort Hood shooting on Nov. 5, 2009, to the Orlando Massacre of June 12, 2016. But what has anyone really done, especially Congress, to prevent future mass shootings? There...
June 29, 2016 - 12:00am
June 24, 2016
COMMENTARY: What the new SAT really means for teachers and parents
By Doug Lemov, founder of charter group Uncommon Schools, New York If you are a high school teacher, student, or the parent of one, you’re likely aware of the newest changes to the SAT, designed to make the test, among other things, more rigorous and more resistant to test prepping....
June 24, 2016 - 12:00am
COMMENTARY: Safe at Home can help victims of domestic violence
By Steve Simon, Secretary of State, St. Paul, MN One in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in his or her lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number is staggering, and it’s unacceptable. As secretary of state...
June 24, 2016 - 12:00am
June 8, 2016
COMMENTARY: We can save lives with 911 bill
By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota Kari Hunt of Marshall, Texas was going through a tough time. She was separating from her husband of 10 years and she had three children under the age of 10 to take care of. On a winter day a few years back, Kari agreed to meet her then-husband...
June 8, 2016 - 12:00am
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