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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
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