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Ex-boyfriend of Rep. Franson files defamation suit against her
Remember to call 811 before you dig
Savageau earns Streaks’ MVP
Sports roundup from Tuesday, April 22
Sports schedule for Wednesday, April 23
Alex CI bowling improves to 6-0
Hot start for DMACC’s Ben Allen
Scholarship available for Jefferson High graduates
Online campaign to raise money for underprivileged youth
5k and zero k added to Run for the Roses
Engaged - Lusty and Lamb
Births - Douglas County Hospital through April 15
Births - Douglas County Hospital through April 6
Engaged - Dorn and Arvidson
Big numbers, big expectations
Bluebirds open house at Carlos State Park
Chargers shooting team reaches 19 students
Weekly DNR news
Spring is a time to explore
Fred Schultz, 92
Memorial Service - George Poirier, 84
Paul Kuhlman Jr., 11
Phyllis Heeg, 85
Stephen Pasch, 63
What’s not to like?
World Book Night includes Alexandria
Observations from the archives, 2004: Deputies now equipped with Tasers
Echo Press Editorial: A warning about open meeting law
Don’t worry about Earth - she’ll be OK
Grow a nutritious garden in a pot
Sustainable Food Production program now enrolling
Plant spring bulbs for summer blooms
Farmers are ‘eternal optimists’
Finding and reporting noxious weeds
Group raises $5,000 to address climate change
Extension offers food safety certification and renewal courses
Alexandria Pro-Fab pledges $5,000 to new high school
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Funeral home staff attends celebrant training
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On The Street
April 21, 2009
Bill speeds up searches for missing young adults
ST. PAUL - Brandon Swanson disappeared May 14, but his presence was felt Monday in the Minnesota Capitol. The House voted 134-0 for a bill named after Swanson. It was written to speed up searches for missing young adults. "It will mean big changes for anguished family members,"...
April 21, 2009 - 7:17am
April 19, 2009
Senate backs harassment policy
ST. PAUL - Bullying and other types of harassment would not be tolerated in Minnesota schools under a bill senators tentatively approved Thursday. On a 43-22 vote, the Senate approved a bill requiring school boards to adopt a policy that prohibits harassment. The policy applies to...
April 19, 2009 - 1:24pm
Court budget means 'service reduction'
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators are considering increasing court fees nearly $36 million to prevent deep budget cuts for the courts system, but a leading judge and the senator in charge of judicial spending say the budget still would be too small. "They are moving in the right direction,"...
April 19, 2009 - 1:22pm
Senators approve college budget cuts
ST. PAUL - State-run colleges and universities' budgets would be cut under a bill senators reluctantly passed 41-23 Friday. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system schools would receive 3 percent less in the next two-year budget than they receive now. The University of Minnesota's...
April 19, 2009 - 1:18pm
April 11, 2009
Here's a look at the proposed outdoors funding projects
Projects proposed to be funded with $139 million in constitutionally dedicated sales tax revenue: -- Acquisition of forest land or easements, with priority on private land within existing state forests, $20 million -- Protect land within western Minnesota tall grass prairie habitat...
April 11, 2009 - 1:18pm
Outdoors spending plans taking shape
ST. PAUL -- An influx of dedicated state tax revenue leads outdoors enthusiasts to believe a logjam of Minnesota natural resources projects will begin to free up this year. State lawmakers are completing work on two outdoors spending packages that would pump tens of millions of dollars...
April 11, 2009 - 1:14pm
April 8, 2009
Adult learners visit State Capitol
Six Alexandria-area Adult Basic Education (ABE) learners and a volunteer tutor visited the State Capitol in St.
April 8, 2009 - 12:00am
April 1, 2009
Green Acres fix heads to governor
ST. PAUL - The first major item to be debated by Minnesota legislators this year finally is headed to the governor for his signature. The Senate passed a Green Acres law change 59-5 Wednesday, continuing a farmland property tax break. The provision is part of an overall tax bill...
farm / news
April 1, 2009 - 4:47pm
March 30, 2009
Green Acres headed for final vote
ST. PAUL - A balance between development and preserving farmland is due for a decision. Full House and Senate votes may come as early as Monday on a "Green Acres" provision that would allow land to remain in farms by keeping property taxes lower than if the land were used to residential...
March 30, 2009 - 12:53pm
March 28, 2009
State Representative Torrey Westrom often discusses bills in legislative committees, but it usually occurs in Minnesota House committees. That changed briefly last Wednesday when Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, went before a Senate committee to urge passage of a bill making it easier for...
March 28, 2009 - 8:56am
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...
news / state
March 21, 2009 - 5:23pm
February 4, 2009
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
Judges to examine disputed ballots
ST. PAUL - Judges deciding Minnesota's U.S.
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