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Remembering the uncle he never met
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Education funding up, but union urges veto
UPDATE: Last of 9 prisoners who escaped in state van caught on Minneapolis bridge
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Trap Shooting: Perfect score from Brezina leads Alexandria shooters
Track and Field: Minnewaska, WCA battle in subsections
Baseball: Merritt tosses complete game in starting pitching debut
Track and field: A-B-E sends eight to sections
Still duty bound: Inspiration Peak Legion conducts military honors
Memorial Day events
Photo of the week
Learn about easy-to-grow veggies
Engaged - Bruzik and Johnson
Engaged - Teichert and Kelly
Engaged - Schmidt and Murray
Engaged - Harstad and Engebretson
Wedding - Von Bank and Hoelscher
Morken: Becoming a better bow hunter
Nice bass for Maeyaert
Fee increases added to final environment bill
Morken: Still time to fill that tag as toms continue to sound off
Minnesota opener: Slow going on Reno Saturday morning
Timothy D. Claussen
Kathleen Rose Kaar
Letter: March for Truth in Glenwood
Letter: Suicide should never be glorified
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press
Guest editorial: Take a bigger view of what's underwater
Observations from the Archives: 1967: Hardware Hank's is Official Barbie Trade-In Headquarters
4-H trains youth as camp counselors
4-H'ers take the stage
Master gardeners plant sale coming up
Crabgrass prevention in your home lawn
Gardening Brown Bag series offered
Winery, brewery and distillery hope customers come crawling
Groundbreaking next week on mental health facility
On the Street
New Aagard program provides tool cabinets for employees
Chamber introduces new networking event
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On The Street
May 25, 2017
Commentary: Reforms protect your water and your wallet
By Del Rae Williams and Pat Hentges Let us be clear: It's possible to support regulatory reform and the environment at the same time. Some interest groups, lawmakers and government officials have tried to paint municipal groups seeking to reform Minnesota's regulatory process as anti-environment...
May 25, 2017 - 6:01am
May 5, 2017
Commentary: Local roads need dedicated funds
By Jim Stratton, Douglas County commissioner, Alexandria, MN and chair of Minnesota Rural Counties For each of the last three years, the roadmap for moving a comprehensive transportation funding bill forward has taken decidedly different turns when it comes to how to pay for the fix...
May 5, 2017 - 7:46am
April 22, 2017
COMMENTARY: Don't shortchange students
By Michelle Behr, Chancellor, University of Minnesota, Morris Minnesota's future belongs to its upcoming leaders, entrepreneurs, thinkers and innovators. At the University of Minnesota, we're investing in those individuals, giving them the tools they need to move our state forward....
April 22, 2017 - 9:22am
April 20, 2017
Commentary: Small manufacturers pack big punch
By Bob Kill, president and CEO, Enterprise Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
April 20, 2017 - 8:01am
April 14, 2017
Commentary: Bipartisan help for pregnant teens
By Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger, St. Paul, MN and Horizon Public Health Administrator Sandy Tubbs, Alexandria, MN Parenting is the toughest and most important job most of us will ever do. It's difficult under the best of circumstances — but when you are a...
April 14, 2017 - 9:46am
March 17, 2017
COMMENTARY: Democracy dies in darkness
By John Bodette, St. Cloud, MN Welcome to Sunshine Week, a national effort to promote openness in government. Sunshine Week is brought to you by the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. When we are experiencing "fake news," "alternative...
March 17, 2017 - 8:00am
December 2, 2016
COMMENTARY: Cheap wages should anger Alexandrians
By Sean Fleming, Alexandria, MN Arrowwood's recently proposed boarding project has come under fire from its neighbors. Celeste Edenloff's article, "Employee housing project faces opposition," documents frustrations regarding property rates, the quality of the building and environmental...
December 2, 2016 - 8:00am
December 31, 2013
Farm Bill threatens our right to know
By Patrice McDermott, Washington, D.C. Families who live near or share waterways with large corporate farms or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have a critical need to know some basic facts about these operations. The public’s right to this information, however, could...
December 31, 2013 - 12:46am
October 30, 2013
Ask about that child with disabilities and special needs
By Allen Senstad, Alexandria, MN Now that school has started, I’m reminded of my own school days. Back then, kids who were “special” had their own classroom. hen they were allowed out of it, I avoided them. After all, they were different. It wasn’t that I didn’t like...
October 30, 2013 - 9:17am
October 29, 2013
Health care changes are here
By Senator Torrey Westrom, R-District 12, Elbow Lake, MN MNsure, Minnesota’s branch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was officially open for public enrollment on October 1, 2013 and will close March 31, 2014. MNsure is an online website for Minnesotans to search government-organized...
October 29, 2013 - 2:19pm
October 11, 2013
What does a ‘government shutdown’ really mean? Not what you might think
By Hilda Bettermann, Brandon, MN After waiting breathlessly until midnight to see if Congress and the president would avoid a government shutdown, we thought we would do some research on what a shutdown really means. There are many sources for information on the shutdown, including...
October 11, 2013 - 9:05am
September 3, 2013
Commentary - Corn views: Back off the Renewable Fuels Standard; it's working
By Tom Haag, president, Minnesota Corn Growers Association If I told you there was a piece of legislation that has reduced America's dependence on foreign oil by 20 percent, supports 400,000 jobs, adds $43 billion to our gross domestic product, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by...
September 3, 2013 - 10:02am
August 14, 2013
Commentary - A closer look at property tax changes
By State Rep. Paul Anderson, District 12B, Starbuck, MN A newspaper headline this past week declaring that "property taxes could drop" in Minnesota made for interesting reading. Although the figure mentioned, $121 million for next year, was only an estimate, my initial reaction was,...
August 14, 2013 - 12:00am
August 9, 2013
Commentary - Senior Center needs change in management
By Paul C. Anderson, Senior Center Board member, Alexandria, MN I had decided to let the Senior Center issue rest, but after reading the last issue of the Alexandria Senior Center newsletter, I was convinced that I had to defend myself. These three pages in the newsletter are full...
August 9, 2013 - 12:00am
Commentary - Alexandria and diversity
By Tom Obert, Alexandria, MN Some 70 years ago, my father was a student at North High in Minneapolis. Dad recalled the student population at North then to be about one-third white, one-third Jewish (the other whites?), and one-third black. And nobody thought much about it, one way...
August 9, 2013 - 12:00am