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Law Enforcement Blotter: Monday, September 18
Minnesota school accountability system up for review to meet federal standards
Meet the new Pet of the Week: Viktor (w/video)
More talking, listening urged in B-E plans
Minn. teen identified as person found deceased in NDSU residence hall
Cross country: Osakis takes on competitive field at Pierz
Sports schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 19
Lakers score first win at tournament
Sports Schedule for Monday, Sept. 18
Girls soccer: Cards blank Rocori for third win
Habitat for Humanity dedicates home, seeks more clients
Photo of the Week
Essay contest: What stories can the stones tell?
Student accomplishments, scholarships
Don & Betty Kuelbs
Gary & Molly Buse
Gary & Molly Buse
DNR release: Optimistic about Saturday's duck opener
Posted, but done properly? Rules, prosecuting case can be complicated
Mike Frisch: Cover more water
A whirlwind of a win: Alexandria anglers take big payday in first pro tournament
DNR roadside survey: Pheasant index down 26 percent
Harold M. Olson
Betty Ruth Berry
Martha Lynn Greengo
Mary M. Odland
It's Our Turn: A whole lot of living to do
Observations from the Archives: 1967: Corn silk bandit robs Holmes City co-op
Letter: Bike helmets prevent brain injuries
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views from the Echo Press Editorial Board
It's Your Turn: Readers react to Wi-Fi on school buses
Dairy council seeks candidates
Tomato tasting at the library
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
On The Street
Feds allow more time for comment on Internet access
Alexandria ReStore remains open, plans expansion
Glenwood resort receives Century Resort designation
Minnesota adds 7,700 jobs in July; unemployment rate unchanged
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May 4, 2016
Legislature addresses child care shortage
Legislation to address the child care shortage in Minnesota moved forward last week. The initiatives encourage child care business development and address access and cost issues for parents and providers. The initiatives, passed in the Minnesota House in two omnibus bills, were authored...
May 4, 2016 - 12:00am
April 15, 2016
Child caregivers seek many changes
Child care providers say they face a myriad of problems the Minnesota Legislature needs to solve. Julie Seydel of the Minnesota Association of Child Care Professionals told a Senate committee on April 4 that her members face a range of issues: increasing paperwork, higher operating...
April 15, 2016 - 12:00am
March 25, 2016
Lawmakers look to retain child care providers
More than 3,000 Minnesota child care providers have stopped providing the service in the past decade, and a bipartisan legislative panel says...
March 25, 2016 - 12:00am
March 2, 2016
LETTER: Kudos to star-rated child care providers
To the editor: I’d like to congratulate the following Alexandria and Douglas County area child care providers for their Parent Aware star ratings: Jill Mogensen of Brandon and Alicia Meissner of Evansville, Tamara Thull, Amanda Sansness and Alisha Hoekstra of Carlos, Lisa Lennes,...
March 2, 2016 - 12:00am
January 20, 2016
LETTER: High-quality child care is beneficial
To the editor: Minnesota is ranked number 11 in the top states for child care standards. Ninety percent of brain growth occurs during the first five years of life. These first five years are the most sensitive for brain development. When choosing who to help care for your child, you...
January 20, 2016 - 12:00am
January 19, 2016
Franson named to new child care committee
State Representative Mary Franson, R-Alexandria will chair a new select committee on affordable child care. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown,...
January 19, 2016 - 10:39am
December 18, 2015
LETTER: Lack of child care is a growing epidemic
To the editor: The lack of child care has just begun. Frightened parents are looking for quality child care. This is a growing epidemic. A lack of child care is pushing families into welfare, due to a lack of income. The lack of child care is affecting parents who want to get a second...
December 18, 2015 - 12:00am
December 11, 2015
Franson warns child care providers about poster
A private company is mailing forms to sell Minnesota child care providers posters that the federal government provides free, a state lawmaker...
December 11, 2015 - 12:00am
Douglas County to outsource sliding fee child care?
Douglas County's basic sliding fee child care program could affect 124 families and 190 children if the program is transferred to the West Central Community Action Partnership (CAP) agency in Elbow Lake. Douglas County Social Services Director Mike Woods said if the program migrates,...
July 11, 2013 - 8:50am
May 21, 2013
Child care providers allowed to join unions; Franson opposes vote
Union supporters celebrated Monday after the House voted 68-66 to allow some child care providers and personal care attendants to join unions. Five Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the measure: Reps.
May 21, 2013 - 7:40am
April 7, 2013
Infant deaths in child care down, DHS report shows
Action taken by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, providers, and local partners to address a dramatic increase in the deaths of infants in child care has helped to stall the alarming trend, according to the 2012 annual report on licensing activities by the DHS Office of...
April 7, 2013 - 10:19am
February 23, 2012
Judge suggests Dayton could have avoided union vote lawsuit
ST. PAUL -- A judge deciding the fate of a child care providers' union election said Wednesday that Gov.
February 23, 2012 - 7:05am
July 13, 2011
Judge rules child care assistance is core function; providers can continue care
Family child care providers are celebrating and breathing a sigh of relief today as Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled the Child Care Assistance Program a core function of state government. "Quality child care is an essential service for parents," said Melissa Smith, a SEIU Kids First...
July 13, 2011 - 3:44pm
April 7, 2010
Changes await Young People's Place
Dawn Block is looking forward to June 1 when the doors of the new Young People's Place childcare center will open in the newly constructed Alexandria...
April 7, 2010 - 12:05am
February 5, 2010
Alex Tech offers child care training
The Alexandria Technical College's Customized Training Department is offering two child care training classes. A "Supervision is Essential" class will take place Tuesday, February 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
February 5, 2010 - 12:00am