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Families share shocking stories of elder abuse at Minn. care centers
Cities say they need state money to meet water rules
High school team first at Knowledge Bowl
New rules proposed for vacation rentals
For the record
Gould named CLC performer of the week
Boys basketball: Osakis wins second straight Prairie title
Girls basketball: Osakis grabs conference win in last home game
Boys basketball: Brainerd hits nine threes to down Alexandria
Boys basketball: Chargers put scare into Hancock before falling short
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
What would Mr. Fitzgerald think?
Rose Cummings (Mom of Pat Gustafson)
Mike Frisch: A one-two punch for perch
Northeast's Minnesota moose population remains low but stable
Is feeding the ducks helping or hurting them?
Wolf, entangled in snare, shot and killed in Duluth
Albert takes a position with the DNR
Dorothy M. Arne
DiAnn E. Bakke
Rollin "Rollie" Berglund
Ryan L. Beers
David "Dave" R. Collins
IN THE KNOW: Shootings need long-term solution
LETTER: Is government trying to disarm the public?
LETTER: Where do elected leaders stand on gun control?
EDITORIAL: Alexandria should raise tobacco age to 21
OUR TURN: It's not easy, but it's pretty simple
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
Alexandria J.C. Penney store to close
USDA: Farm profits to fall in 2018
Adding some kick to downtown: Martial arts studio moves into new location, expands classes
Report: Minnesota solar jobs jumped 48 percent last year
Estate planning seminar on Tuesday
hires and promotions
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
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
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
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