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Fire breaks out in Alexandria apartment
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Minnesota reports state budget surplus, but with federal uncertainty
Historical Society Bake Sale held Friday
Sports round from Friday, Dec. 2
Sports schedule for Saturday, Dec. 3
Boys basketball: Bitzan, Hintermeister lead Chargers to win over Swanville
Boys hockey: Alex records six-goal first period in 10-1 win
Girls basketball: Chargers move to 2-0
Event restores hope during the holidays
Empty Chair Gala to benefit REACH program
50 gigs in 50 states
Search for Miss Teen Douglas County announced
Sensitive Santa is safe place for special needs children
Wedding - Steinhagen and Sperl
Wedding - Cunningham and Thielke
Births - Nov. 25, 2016
Wedding - Carlson and Klohn
Births - Nov. 18, 2016
Morken: Some "hunters" don't represent hunting
Bucks on the ground
Morken: Run in circles by a giant
First buck is with a bow
DNR release: Stands not allowed overnight on WMAs
Ann C. Ebsen
Alyce L. Hanson
LETTER: Collin Peterson is a class act Democrat
EDITORIAL: Don't ditch local businesses this Christmas
COMMENTARY: Cheap wages should anger Alexandrians
COMMENTARY: MNsure can make the best of a difficult situation for consumers
OUR TURN: Some protests are more effective than others
2016 University of Minnesota Top 10 performing annuals
Weak farm economy adds twists to rental negotiations
Producers encouraged to consider FSA options
Applications available for Conservation Stewardship Program
Tips for container-grown succulents
Making a new home
Alex Carpet One supports Building for America's Bravest
Knute Nelson Hospice delivers veteran-centric care
ATCC, area businesses host annual tour days
Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale to close at year's end
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On The Street
February 4, 2011
Column - Vocabulary dumbbells
My brain is getting fat. Not the nice, plump, filled-with-good-information kind of fat. The lazy, turning-to-sludge-and-blubber kind of fat. It's time I do something about it. I have always been fairly devoted to keeping my body in shape - I run, lift weights and try to eat healthy....
February 4, 2011 - 12:00am
December 17, 2010
Column - Nothing ever goes back in the way it came out
It was the jigsaw puzzle from hell. And it reinforced one of life's most valuable lessons. Nothing ever fits back in the way it came out. Ever. In my back yard I have a sidewalk made out of interlocking paver bricks. A few years ago after a heavy rain, my son's friend came down...
December 17, 2010 - 12:00am
December 15, 2010
Column - My grandma, the candy dish
The candy dish was anything but sweet. It was ugly. It was dingy yellow and the lid had this horrid brown flower as the handle. But the worst part about the candy dish? It was almost always empty. The candy dish sat on my grandma's coffee table, not as a gesture of goodwill or...
December 15, 2010 - 12:00am
September 10, 2010
Column - The parenting puzzle
Raising children is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. You open the box and see this jumbled mess of pieces that you know will end up making a beautiful picture. There are no directions, and you're not quite sure where to start. You take this pile and start putting the pieces...
September 10, 2010 - 12:00am
July 23, 2010
Column - Thanks for inspiration
The beauty about people who inspire others is that they don't realize they are doing it. They want no thanks or credit or anything in return. They are role models simply because they are - and because they care. My two children are fortunate to have been on the receiving end of this...
July 23, 2010 - 12:00am
May 7, 2010
Column - Sibling survivalry
My poor mother. She deserves to be recognized on Mother's Day for surviving nine kids. I know I barely did. As the youngest, I was a constant source of amusement for all eight, who thought picking on the "baby" was a good time. Their methods of torture were endless. They thought...
May 7, 2010 - 12:00am
March 5, 2010
Column - Help! Let me in - or out!
If opportunity ever comes knocking on my door, I'm pretty sure I won't be able to let it in. My front door won't open. My back door won't close. And the bifold closet door in my entryway? It doesn't even try - it's off its track and is propped up against the wall, exposing the pile...
March 5, 2010 - 12:00am
December 31, 2009
Column - 2009: Karma in action
Instead of looking ahead to the New Year and making promises that I probably can't keep, I'm going to reflect with gratitude on all the good things that came out of the past year - and be glad I'm being given another year, and another chance, to do it all over again. It's been a...
December 31, 2009 - 12:00am
October 30, 2009
Column - A ribbiting tale of love and floss
They say that this, too, shall pass. They say that it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. They say lots of silly things. But sometimes you have to take those well-meaning clichés with a grain of salt. While their intentions are good, these well-meaning...
October 30, 2009 - 12:00am
September 4, 2009
Column - Kids' honesty is brutal
There's always one kid in the crowd. That precocious little one who's not afraid to announce - loudly - that your hair looks funny, or that you have a mustache, or hairy legs, or that your arms wobble when you wave. You gotta love those brutally honest kids. Or not. Just when you...
September 4, 2009 - 12:00am
May 15, 2009
Column - No pain, no gain
I actually paid money to do this? It was a question that went through my mind frequently in the weeks leading up to a half marathon in Fargo, North Dakota on May 9. Especially as my aching hips argued in protest at the mere thought of being forced to run another mile. But once I...
May 15, 2009 - 12:00am
Craftsman finds his niche in painting
Dale Sheldon describes himself as a farmer by birth, a painter by trade and a musician at heart. That's only if you can convince him to talk...
May 15, 2009 - 12:00am
May 1, 2009
He's been working on the railroad
Gene Baker has never encountered a building project he can't handle. Give him a piece of wood and he can make it into just about anything. "I've...
May 1, 2009 - 12:00am
March 20, 2009
Column - Tell the little bird to shut up
Life's too short to tweet. Call me negative. Call me anti-information highway. Call me wary of sharing every facet of my life with complete strangers via the Internet. Call me unwilling to embrace the marvels of technology. But I don't think embracing the marvels of technology...
March 20, 2009 - 12:00am
January 16, 2009
Column - A win-win program
I've been thinking about it for a long time, but this week I finally did it. I signed up to be a lunch buddy. A lunch buddy is an adult who volunteers to meet with an elementary school student twice a month during their lunchtime. It's such a small time commitment, but to a child,...
January 16, 2009 - 12:00am