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Congratulations Mr. D: Duwenhoegger named Minnesota Principal of the Year
Douglas County’s growth expected to slow down
State of rural MN: Poorer and more diverse
Alexandria to hire two police officers
Keep sick students home
Boys hockey: No time to panic for Alexandria
Wrestling: WCA-Ashby-Evansville grows into one of top teams in Class A
Swimming: Alexandria powers past Willmar
Girls basketball: Alex cruises in 40-point win over Rocori
Winter Spectacular: Snowmobile races return this weekend after successful first year
‘My Kiss Won’t Miss’ receives gold medal
Brooklynn Niemi benefit set
Brad Trousil benefit set
Minnesota sixth in overall health among states
Those who learn together
Engaged - Wilts and Hedstrom
Births - Douglas County Hospital through January 12, 2015
Births - Douglas County Hospital through January 3, 2015
Engaged - Pavek and Jossart
Births - Douglas County Hospital through December 28, 2014
Wildlife of Douglas County: Snowy Owl
DNR studies shed light on local fisheries
Dayton proposes expanded buffer zones along Minnesota waters
Wildlife of Douglas County: Fisher
Buck bagged in Wyoming
Funeral - Ethel Koon, 100
Funeral - Grace Nelson, 82
Service - Ruby Benson, 73
Funeral - Allan Altnow, 86
Funeral - Maynard Radil, 79
In the Know: Tips on applying for college financial aid
Observations from the archives, 1965: Roger Perry is first Boss of the Year
Letter: Let’s return to self-governance
Letter: Backer off to the right start
Echo Press Editorial: Legislation to help veterans deserves support
Ten tips to successful seed starting
Farming community invited to sustainable farming conference
Livestock disaster aid deadline nears
Potato growers invited to hearing on check-off fees January 23
Winter garden college planned
Jody Hanson promoted within Lakes Newspaper Group
JCPenney reports good, bad news
Alexandria Industries CEO outlines keys to company’s success
Alexandria Clinic lab earns accreditation
Operation Round Up grants announced
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
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