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In MN, farmers urge ag property tax credit and fix to school funding
Three Minn. students in critical condition after being struck at bus stop
Law enforcement blotter: Wednesday, Jan. 18
UPDATE: Full recovery expected for Garfield man seriously injured in northern Minnesota snowmobile crash
Osakis plans new ideas for trail
Sports schedule for Thursday, Jan. 19
NA3HL: Blizzard slides into second place with OT win over Breezy Point
Girls Hockey: Ellingson scores four in win at Detroit Lakes
Boys hockey: Cards shut out River Lakes to keep cruising
Boys basketball: Osakis runs past Bears to 8-2
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Roast with the most
COMMUNITY ED: Secure your memories in photographs
An artist's touch
COMMUNITY ED: Zumba combines fitness and dance
Births - Jan. 13, 2017
Engaged - Fischer and Teague
Wedding - Hanson and Lund
Wedding - Prescott and Harberts
Births - Jan. 6, 2017
Morken: Step up and take part in deer management
Perch: A top winter attraction
Locals catch big bull redfish near South Padre Island
Morken: One final lesson as another season slips away
PF release: New Continuous CRP SAFE acres started Jan. 1
William "Bill" Bahe
RLou M. Olson
Elizabeth "Liz" Gillen
Roger E. Larson
EDITORIAL: When bad weather and fast drivers collide
LETTER: Use caution during Minnesota winters
FROM THE ARCHIVES - 1992: New Villard elementary school opens
LETTER: Restoring water quality on lakes is up to citizens
IN THE KNOW: FBI National Academy reinforced core beliefs
Farmland rental rates dropping overall
Selecting seed for your garden
Cow/Calf Days Seminar Tour coming to the area
Irrigation Clinic to be held in Parkers Prairie
Winter Garden College: Tools to tackle yard and garden problems
Osakis distillery plans cocktail room
Viking Savings Bank to rebrand with move to new location
2017 Alexandria Lakes Area Visitors Guide is now available
Stallman named WCI interim president
A fresh start for Alex Tailoring
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On The Street
January 3, 2017
Legislative forecast: Cloudy with a chance of disputes
ST. PAUL—2017 dawned on the Minnesota Capitol with bright sun Sunday, Jan. 1, illuminating the newly renovated building. But the sparkle...
January 3, 2017 - 1:21pm
December 20, 2016
Alexandria school levy goes down
Taxpayers in the Alexandria School District should be happy with next year's tax levy. There is a significant decrease. The 12.7 percent decrease was approved at the annual Truth in Taxation meeting that took place at the Monday, Dec. 19 regular school board meeting. The 2016 payable...
December 20, 2016 - 1:37pm
December 9, 2016
Local lawmakers want surplus used for health care, tax relief
News that Minnesota is projected to have a $1.4 billion surplus for the upcoming biennium creates promising opportunities, according to local legislators. They reacted to the Dec. 2 report with guarded optimism and with strong opinions on how the surplus should be used.
December 9, 2016 - 9:00am
December 7, 2016
County increases tax levy by nearly 2 percent
Property owners in Douglas County will see their property taxes go up by nearly 2 percent for the 2017 tax year. Char Rosenow, Douglas County auditor/treasurer, provided detailed information about the county's $49 million budget and $25.9 million dollar levy Thursday, Dec. 1, during...
December 7, 2016 - 6:00am
December 2, 2016
Minnesota reports state budget surplus, but with federal uncertainty
ST. PAUL—What happens in Washington doesn't stay in Washington. A new president and a stronger Republican Congress are expected to make...
December 2, 2016 - 4:50pm
Minnesota expects $1.4 billion budget surplus
ST. PAUL—Minnesota policymakers should have a $1.4 billion available when they start to draw up a two-year state budget in a month, state...
December 2, 2016 - 9:37am
September 30, 2016
Douglas County financial website is not free
If you want to know how much Douglas County is spending, what its budget is or historical data in regards to the tax levy, there's now an easy...
September 30, 2016 - 12:00am
September 26, 2016
Alexandria proposes small levy increase
The Alexandria City Council is proposing to increase the city levy 2.8 percent next year. The council unanimously approved the action Monday night. The levy is still preliminary and could be reduced, but not increased, after a public "truth in taxation" hearing on Monday, Dec. 12....
September 26, 2016 - 11:33pm
June 24, 2016
Alexandria School Board sets preliminary budget
Alexandria School District 206's budget for the next school year is looking very similar to this year's. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria School Board approved a preliminary, balanced budget for 2016-2017, with expenditures about 1 percent less from 2015-2016. The district...
June 24, 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 20, 2016
Get ready for orange cones
Road construction season is starting early in Minnesota this year and, no different than in recent years, without the funds needed to meet all...
April 20, 2016 - 8:50am
March 2, 2016
DFL, GOP agree on rural goals, but not the means
Democratic and Republican legislators agree on many goals for rural Minnesota, but often differ on how to reach them. House Democrats unveiled...
March 2, 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
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
October 30, 2015
Nelson keeps tax levy at same amount
There will be no change in the city of Nelson's tax levy next year. The Nelson City Council recently voted to set its 2016 levy at the same amount as 2015—$36,001.
October 30, 2015 - 2:20pm