Skip to main content
UPDATE: Last of 9 prisoners who escaped in state van caught on Minneapolis bridge
UPDATE: Dayton to decide whether to OK spending plan by Tuesday
Composting among new director's priorities
Done Trash Talking: Olmscheid retiring from solid waste
Power outage planned for north Alexandria
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
Track and field: A-B-E sends eight to sections
Guitarist performs for First Friday in Evansville
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Runestone, Legacy of the Lakes museums unveil new exhibits
At Ole Oppe Fest, Big Ole will meet new family member
Have questions? The library has answers
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
Kathleen Rose Kaar
Dennis Douglas Pearson
Richard "Dick" H. Hodgson
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press
Guest editorial: Take a bigger view of what's underwater
Observations from the Archives: 1967: Hardware Hank's is Official Barbie Trade-In Headquarters
Commentary: Reforms protect your water and your wallet
Letter: Pray for persecuted Christians
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
March 24, 2009
Sewer district another step closer to folding
ST. PAUL - A half-dozen years of fighting appears near an end for Douglas County's Central Lakes Region Sanitary District. A bill that got its...
March 24, 2009 - 9:28am
March 21, 2009
Minnesota budget outlines emerge
ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislators are nearly 11 weeks into their 2009 session, but only now are getting a look at outlines of their main task this year - writing a two-year budget. Lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty have eight weeks left before the mandatory May 18 adjournment deadline...
March 21, 2009 - 5:23pm
February 4, 2009
Judges to examine disputed ballots
ST. PAUL - Judges deciding Minnesota's U.S.
February 4, 2009 - 12:00am
Republicans want pay freeze
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Senate Republicans want to freeze all state and local government workers' pay. The proposal goes a step beyond Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty, who last week said he favored a freeze, but has not offered a bill to do that. Assistant Senate Minority Leader Geoff...
February 4, 2009 - 12:00am
January 24, 2009
Some say Green Acres not the place to be
ST. PAUL -- A 2008 law change threatens farmland across the state - from the Twin Cities suburbs to land bordering lakes and rivers - farmers Wednesday told a Minnesota House committee. The new law penalizes farmers who want to sell farmland for other uses, the farmers said.
January 24, 2009 - 12:00am
January 19, 2009
Senate election trial to start January 26
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's U.S. Senate election goes on trial in about a week. A three-judge panel presiding over Norm Coleman's election lawsuit on Friday set a brisk timeline for legal filings leading up to a Jan. 26 trial opening.
January 19, 2009 - 12:00am
January 17, 2009
Seat belt law passes committee -- again
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Senate Transportation Committee passed a familiar bill Tuesday - to allow police to stop a driver who is not wearing a seat belt. "Plain and simple - this law works," said Senator Steve Murphy, DFL-Red Wing, who for years has pushed the legislation. "Wearing...
January 17, 2009 - 12:00am
January 15, 2009
Business tax cuts highlight Pawlenty plan
ST. PAUL - Governor Tim Pawlenty today pleaded with legislators not to raise Minnesotans' taxes while he also called for more education spending, but with strings attached. In his annual State of the State speech, Pawlenty also said he wants to freeze all state wages. Many of his...
January 15, 2009 - 12:00am
January 13, 2009
Franken request rejected; trial judges named
ST. PAUL - Norm Coleman went to the state's high court and Al Franken may do the same. Franken's campaign hinted Monday it could go to the Minnesota Supreme Court to obtain an election certificate after a bipartisan pair of state officials refused to issue a signed certificate. A...
January 13, 2009 - 12:00am
Future state budgets expected to be worse
ST. PAUL - Legislators have yet to begin balancing the next Minnesota state budget, but already are being warned that the $4.85 billion deficit they face is nothing compared to what is to come in future years. "The problem, in fact, is going to get worse," ex-state Finance Commissioner...
January 13, 2009 - 12:00am
January 12, 2009
Franken wants election certificate
ST. PAUL -- Al Franken's campaign wants him granted an election certificate even as Minnesota's U.S. Senate results are challenged in court. That certificate could allow him to be seated in the Senate. The Franken campaign sent a letter today to Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Secretary of...
January 12, 2009 - 12:00am
January 10, 2009
Pawlenty, lawmakers want to mandate sharing in schools
ST. PAUL - Schools save money when they combine business-office services, so Gov. Tim Pawlenty and a coalition of state legislators want to require cooperation. A bill being considered would require many school purchases to be made only from approved vendors that might provide lower...
January 10, 2009 - 12:00am
January 6, 2009
Franken: 'I will work hard to earn your confidence'
Here is the statement delivered by U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken Monday afternoon, following a state board's certification that he won a statewide recount: "It has been a remarkable couple of months. Our recount brought national attention to Minnesota, and what Americans saw is...
January 6, 2009 - 12:00am
January 5, 2009
'Coalition for a People's Bail Out' plans rally at Capitol today
A coalition of organizations, bringing together union members, welfare rights organizations and others will hold a rally on the opening day of the Minnesota legislative session today. Their message: Demand that the state take concrete steps to protect low-income and working Minnesotans...
January 5, 2009 - 12:00am
January 3, 2009
Absentee dispute clouds Senate recount finish
ST. PAUL -- Only a final stack of ballots stands in the way of declaring a winner in Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount. But like much of the prolonged recount between Republican Sen.
January 3, 2009 - 12:00am