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Broken Fiddle moves to bigger venue
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Tennis: Tech tops Cardinals in season-ending sweep
Softball: Chargers drop two in 6A playoffs
Roste transfers from the Gophers
Baseball: Osakis takes down Minnewaska in regular season finale
A big heart: Forada firefighter loved helping everyone
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Arnie & Linda Beulke
Anika Dale Wolfe
Wrapping up a memorable turkey season
A shiner shortage: Why the popular walleye bait is hard to find
Updated: Cool water temps make for a tough walleye bite on opener
Morken: Fishing by the numbers
Mike Frisch: Tips for the walleye opener
Laura Mae Toft
Delores (Flatebo) Ewing
Delores "Dee" Annethe Mrzena Holstad
Geraldine "Gerrie" May Russell (Hundley)
LETTER: Please stop the hate
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OUR TURN: Real solutions or more regulation?
LETTER: Imagine there's no freedom
LETTER: Tax cuts to rich expand national debt
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
New Starbucks coming to Alexandria
On The Street
Chamber Ambassadors recognize two local businesses
Economist: U.S. well positioned
Most on board with new hospital name
hires and promotions
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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
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
June 12, 2015
Special session expected to start Friday
Wednesday, the Minnesota Legislature appeared set to finish passing the state budget today, Friday.
June 12, 2015 - 12:00am