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UPDATE: Motorcycle rider injured in Alexandria crash
Out and About in Douglas County
Thousands of motorists cited for not buckling up
Court of Appeals rules government can enter renters' homes
VFW baseball: 15s salvage split after late rally falls just short in opener
Hare Scramble returns to Andes
Aerial attack: Alex football players get a confidence boost after 7-on-7 win at Winter Park
Lehman no fan of Hazeltine changes
Panthers embrace heightened expectations after runner-up finish
EVERYDAY GOURMET: Meals on the grill maximize taste, minimize cleanup
Driver improvement program offered
Independence Day travel numbers to break records
Parades, fireworks, celebrations round out the Fourth
Italian touches enhance humble flank steak
Kristin Rose Elmer of Duluth and Nathaniel Thomas Vetter of Prior Lake announce their engagement.
Births - June 17, 2016
Engaged - Shimota and Holm
Engaged - Doty and Johnson
Births - June 10, 2016
Mike Frisch: Planer boards for more fish this summer
A final shot at state
Alex's John and Drake Herd pull out top prize at Lake Osakis Walleye Tournament
One for the wall
Walgrave's big day
David Steve Edmunds
Ruth Augusta Wenner
DuWayne Allen Averill
Sandra Rae Hinderschied
LETTER: Beware of barbecued bugs
LETTER: We should be forever grateful
COMMENTARY: A constitutional response to gun violence
FROM THE ARCHIVES - 1966: Oscar Lake Church in Farwell to celebrate 100th anniversary
EDITORIAL: Beware of business 'vanity awards'
GARDENING TIPS: Plant a Patriotic Centerpiece for the Fourth of July
FSA county committee nomination period is open
Producers should file crop certification report
Value added producer grants available
How to plant a tree
Golfers raise $17,000 in support of United Way
First Security Bank awards student scholarships
Better Business Bureau hopes to mute speaker scam
Servpro opens doors to local area
K-LAKES Radio hits the airwaves
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
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...
News / government
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,...
opinion / letters
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...
opinion / letters
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...
opinion / letters
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...
government / News
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