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Engaged - Bruzik and Johnson
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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
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On The Street
February 12, 2016
COMMENTARY: It's time to mend our ways
By the Rev. John Riggle, Alexandria, MN “Theology of the cross” is shorthand, used by many Christians, for the central importance of Christ Jesus’ saving work on the cross. In 1 Corinthians 2:2 Paul writes: “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him...
February 12, 2016 - 12:00am
January 22, 2016
COMMENTARY: Building a healthier tomorrow for Minnesota, today
By Dr. Jack Weiss, Regional Chief Medical Officer for Central and West Regions, United Healthcare, Scottsdale, AZ In an annual checkup of our nation’s health, Minnesota ranked fourth among all 50 states in 2015. As a state, we have a low percentage of uninsured population and have...
January 22, 2016 - 12:00am
January 8, 2016
COMMENTARY: A personal manifesto
By Dennis Q. Murphy, Ashland, OR (formerly of Alexandria, MN) I frequently declare that my perspective on life is neither demonstrably right nor wrong, but rather beliefs that are an extension of my worldview. Momentarily I’ll elaborate on that but first I’d like to extend the...
January 8, 2016 - 12:00am
January 6, 2016
COMMENTARY: We all want good roads
By Bev Bales, Douglas County Commissioner, Carlos, MN Do we need good roads? Absolutely. Not only is it more comfortable driving and riding on good roads, it is definitely a safety factor. Maintaining older roads and the reconstruction of others will reduce accidents and also save...
January 6, 2016 - 12:00am
COMMENTARY: Post office responds to editorial
By Marty Brumbaugh, Manager, Post Office Operations, St. Cloud, MN I wanted to take this opportunity to respond to your Dec. 16 editorial regarding the U.S. Postal Service. First, I want to apologize to any customer who received service at the Alexandria Post Office that seemed unfriendly...
January 6, 2016 - 12:00am
December 23, 2015
COMMENTARY: Misinformation abounds about postal service; culprit is pre-funding
By Fredric Rolando, president of National Association of Letter Carriers, Washington, D.C. The U.S. Postal Service is older than the country itself, delivers to 153 million homes and businesses six and increasingly seven days a week, and consistently ranks as the public’s most trusted...
December 23, 2015 - 12:00am
December 18, 2015
COMMENTARY: Opposed to sentencing reform for worst drug offenders
By Chad M. Larson, Douglas County Attorney, Alexandria, MN The Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission has approved by a 7-3 vote a proposal to significantly reduce the sentences for the most serious drug offenders – first degree defendants. The proposal changes their prison...
December 18, 2015 - 12:00am
December 11, 2015
COMMENTARY: Rural hospitals at risk
By Alan Morgan, CEO, National Rural Hospital Assn., Leawood, Kansas Many rural hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of rising costs. Fifty-eight have closed since 2010 and many more may follow if the pharmaceutical industry gets its way and dismantles a little-known...
December 11, 2015 - 12:00am
December 9, 2015
COMMENTARY: Holiday spirit of giving comes alive with ringing of the bell
By Jennie Hevern, Alexandria, MN The Douglas County Salvation Army continues to touch the lives of hundreds of our residents through the generosity of you and so many others willing to give a hand up to folks who are struggling . Families and individuals are referred or seek out assistance...
December 9, 2015 - 12:00am
November 13, 2015
COMMENTARY: West Central Initiative is your Swiss Army knife for regional development
By Brad Barth, President, West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls Have you ever worked on a project you can’t complete because you don’t have the right tool? In community and economic development, the same thing can happen. West Central Initiative (WCI) is a regional community...
November 13, 2015 - 12:00am
November 6, 2015
COMMENTARY: Apprenticeship - Workforce training for today and tomorrow
By Commissioner Ken Peterson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Minnesota’s workforce is experiencing tremendous transition. Thousands of our experienced baby boomers are retiring, while many employers are seeking a workforce capable of meeting increased levels of skill...
November 6, 2015 - 12:00am
COMMENTARY: Railroads are improving on a strong record of safety
By John Apitz, Legislative Counsel, Minnesota Regional Railroads Association For Minnesota’s railroads, working to keep our employees and the communities we serve safe is the most important thing we do. A recent commentary in this paper from the state commissioners of transportation,...
November 6, 2015 - 12:00am
October 30, 2015
COMMENTARY: Three steps to increase access to affordable prescription drugs
By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota Modern medicine is performing miracles every day. From a new type of chemotherapy that helps a patient fight cancer to pain medications that provide relief to those suffering from arthritis, we are living in the midst of a “golden age”...
October 30, 2015 - 12:00am
October 23, 2015
COMMENTARY: Blame governor and Democrats for no increase in Social Security
By State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, District 8B For only the third time in the last 40 years, all three during the Obama administration, tens of millions of Social Security recipients will not see an increase in their cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for the coming year. This...
October 23, 2015 - 12:00am
October 21, 2015
COMMENTARY: New EPA water regulations cause ripples
By State Representative Paul Anderson, District 12B, Starbuck, MN Despite numerous efforts to stop its implementation, the Environmental Protection Agency, on August 28, put into effect new regulations pertaining to Waters of the United States (WOTUS). According to the agency, it’s...
October 21, 2015 - 12:00am