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Update: Downpour causes flooding but minimal damage
UPDATE: Drowning victim was a boat mechanic with 'a huge heart'
Motorcycle run to raise awareness of mental illness
Law enforcement blotter: Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28
Man arrested after shots fired at Spicer Zorbaz
Girls tennis: Landmark wins fuel Cards' undefeated start
Viking Speedway: Thoennes holds off Zach Johnson as curfew ends things early
Volleyball: Osakis goes 2-2 at Albany Tournament
Sports schedule for Saturday, August 27
Girls tennis: Osakis ties for seventh at Delano tourney
Underwater Art: Decoys on display in Evansville
Robby Vee finishes out summer concert series
Harper's Chord comes to Carlos Creek Winery
Alpha Course teaches basics of faith
Strive to be a foundation for others
Births - Aug. 26, 2016
Engaged - Hanson and Lund
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
Youth Day draws a huge crowd again
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Stringer full of walleyes
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
Myrtle Annette McKay
Carol J. Hansen
William 'Bill' Bretz
COMMENTARY: What they're fighting over
COMMENTARY: Clean Power Plan will penalize Minnesota
IT'S OUR TURN: Recalling the dawn of the digital age; facing its challenges
EDITORIAL: Long wait for mental health care must be fixed
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
MMFCU concludes 60 Days of Giving campaign
Community solar program shining for REA
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
February 5, 2016
LETTER: Signs of abuse can be hard to spot
To the editor: If one is too many, what about 681,000 children who get abused each year in America? That is 10 football stadiums full of children. Every 10 seconds, a child is abused by someone in the family or close to them. This could be sexually/emotionally abused, or physically/emotionally...
February 5, 2016 - 12:00am
LETTER: Understand the importance of limiting screen time for children
To the editor: Technology is currently the main form of entertainment for children in our society. “The average American household has more televisions (2.73) than people (2.55) and has it on over eight hours a day. Sixty one percent of children under 2 use screen media and 43 percent...
February 5, 2016 - 12:00am
October 30, 2013
Franson comments on childcare mediation settlement
ST. PAUL – Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) released the following statement on the news that Governor Dayton and the Bureau of Mediation Services will be forced to pay $60,000 to home-based childcare providers who successfully fought in court Governor Dayton's illegal attempt to...
October 30, 2013 - 8:58am
July 18, 2013
Franson issues statement on childcare unionization lawsuit hearing
ST. PAUL - State Representative Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, released the following statement on today's hearing in federal court on the childcare unionization lawsuit. "This court hearing is the first step to remedy the injustice done by Democrats in St. Paul to the hardworking...
July 18, 2013 - 2:55pm
May 15, 2013
Marathon Senate session OKs child care union
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators took nearly 17 hours to approve a bill allowing childcare providers and personal care attendants to unionize. The bill passed 35-32 a little after 8 a.m. today after senators debated it continuously since Tuesday afternoon. "Republicans stalled all...
May 15, 2013 - 11:17am
May 14, 2013
Franson: Bill to unionize childcare providers is political power grab
Senate and House Republicans held a joint press conference today to discuss childcare provider and PCA unionization legislation (HF 950/SF 778). SF 778 is scheduled for a vote in the Minnesota Senate. "There is no need to insert a union between a mother and her childcare provider,"...
May 14, 2013 - 11:34am
April 23, 2013
Franson reacts to court's decision on childcare unionization case
ST. PAUL - State Representative Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) released the following statement on the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision that found Governor Dayton and the Bureau of Mediation Services to be liable for attorneys' fees to home-based childcare providers - the plaintiffs...
April 23, 2013 - 5:05pm
April 17, 2013
Parent Aware helps parents find high quality care
Local child care providers/early educators have found a new way to ensure that they deliver quality services, through Parent Aware. Parent Aware is a rating tool designed to help parents find the highest quality child care and early education providers in Minnesota. The one-to-four...
April 17, 2013 - 12:00am
March 23, 2012
Free food program workshop offered for child care providers, parents
What is the secret to a long and healthy life? Is it all in the genes or do the everyday choices people make have a greater impact on overall health and wellness? A workshop will explore this question and discover small steps that can have a big impact on health and wellness.
March 23, 2012 - 12:00am
March 19, 2012
Course offers training for teachers, providers on handling orders of protection
A "Caught in the Middle" course will be held on Tuesday March 20 at Alexandria Technical and Community College from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Instructors from Someplace Safe, Alexandria Law Enforcement and PLUS Kids will focus on how those working with young children in the early childhood...
March 19, 2012 - 10:49am
May 21, 2011
Consumers now have 24/7 access to information about child care safety
Parents searching for child care for their baby, a son concerned about his mother's adult day care program, family members evaluating services for their sibling with developmental disabilities -- all of these consumers now have 24/7 access to important information about licensed programs...
May 21, 2011 - 11:47am
October 15, 2010
Class offered to family-based child care providers
A course designed for family-based child care providers, "Supervision is Essential," will be offered in Alexandria. Participants will learn skills to sufficiently supervise each child that not only meet their routine care needs, but will provide for their social emotional growth...
October 15, 2010 - 12:00am
September 3, 2010
Child care conference offered in Alexandria
The annual child care conference, "Caring for Kids and Those Who Care," will take place Saturday, September 18 at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC). The keynote session will feature Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, the well-known Minnesota author and internationally recognized...
September 3, 2010 - 12:00am
March 24, 2010
Workshop planned for child care providers
Facing the Challenge, a workshop for child care providers, will be held March 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alexandria Technical College, Room 102. The event is co-sponsored by Douglas County Building Connections, an Early Childhood Initiative. Melisa Schueer will discuss effective...
March 24, 2010 - 12:00am