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'Everything was a mess:' Kensington turkey farm cleaning up after storm
Be prepared: Marching bands are coming
Raising sheep for a cure to Huntington's disease
Concerned citizens organize to stop B-E school vote
After budget veto, Minnesota Senate plans to shut down in July; House in September
Girls Basketball: Lange completes the climb to varsity
Boys Basketball: Hintermeister set for head coaching job
Hundreds gather at Fireman's Field for celebration night in Carlos
Alexandria trap team sends squad to state
Legion Baseball: Post 188 tops Osakis at home
'Martin Luther' visits Alexandria church camp
Expanding Outreach: Food Shelf celebrates expansion
Schjei Country to perform at West Moe Church
Alexandria actors play key roles in Barrett play
Sweetland runs this week at Theatre L'Homme Dieu
Engaged - Strater and Lambert
Engaged - Bruzik and Johnson
Engaged - Fogelson and Gibbons
Engaged - Teichert and Kelly
Engaged - Schmidt and Murray
Courrier lands nice bass
Big fish highlight third Douglas County Bowfishing Challenge
Mike Frisch: Finding June walleyes
Walleye bite picks up on some area lakes
Osakis walleye tourney set for this weekend
Janice "Jan" Larsen
Timothy J. Olson
Orville Arnold Botner
Lorraine Van Santen
Mary Anna Louise Swenson
It's Our Turn: A life without my mom
Commentary: Water wells are safe
Editorial: Newspapers still top choice for news
In the Know: Help available for businesses
Observations from the Archives: 1992: Eurasian milfoil appears in Lake Oscar
4-H announces K-3 summer camps
Master gardener shares cold-hardy plant information
Many options for shade plants
Extension service helps with pressure canning
What's going on with the evergreens??
Chamber holds 26th annual golf tournament
Tolkkinen joins Echo Press staff
JCI Minnesota looking for outstanding young Minnesotans
Lake Carlos Marina under new ownership
Vaagenes receives hospital award
hires and promotions
On The Street
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
July 19, 2013
Commentary - Wealthy aren't only ones paying more taxes
By State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, MN Once upon a time, Democrat legislators and Governor Dayton promised that the rich would be paying more in taxes and that middle and low income Minnesotans would be shielded from the effects of their policies. Now that July has arrived...
July 19, 2013 - 12:00am
July 12, 2013
Commentary - NSI not to blame for financial troubles
By Larry Kroeger, president, Nutrition Services, Inc., Waseca, MN Nutrition Services, Inc. (NSI) has been blamed for the financial troubles at the Alexandria Senior Center for not reimbursing the center fairly for the meals we prepare. Last December, the center asked us to triple...
July 12, 2013 - 12:00am
July 5, 2013
Commentary - Response about senior center is primarily fiction and innuendo
By Roger and Suzanne "Corki" Hegland, Alexandria, MN To ensure there is no misunderstanding here, we are the parents of Devon, the NSI food service manager, and have visited the Senior Center many times. Here is our point by point response to the June 26 Joyce Martinson letter: The...
July 5, 2013 - 12:00am
July 2, 2013
Commentary - Cuts to food stamp program mean more hungry children and families
By Dr. Ed Ivancic, past president of Mississippi Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics The American medical community has been concerned for some time about the reality of hunger and malnutrition in our nation. Nutrition is paramount to health and survival, especially for...
July 2, 2013 - 12:00am
June 28, 2013
Commentary - Senator encourages 'staycations' this summer
By Senator Torrey Westrom, R-District 12, Elbow Lake, MN A staycation is when families and individuals take part in leisure activities close to or at home. This form of vacationing allows for a wide variety of short trips such as visiting local tourist sites, campgrounds and museums....
June 28, 2013 - 12:00am
June 26, 2013
Commentary - Don't judge people; be proud of yourself
By Janel (Mohrmann) Hamilton, Evansville, MN People make mistakes. Accidents happen. Walls are built and opinions are made. I try not to judge someone because of their past and I hope no one would judge me because of mine. I had my son at 15. I was pregnant at 14 and only told one...
June 26, 2013 - 12:00am
Commentary - Esterberg is sounding warning bell
By Joyce Martinson, board president, Alexandria Senior Center This is in response to the article and the editorial concerning the Alexandria Senior Center. The one thing missing from this one-sided account is a response from the Alexandria Senior Center. This is not a personnel...
June 26, 2013 - 12:00am
May 31, 2013
Commentary - Summer time shouldn't be hungry time
By Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, Washington, D.C. In the midst of winter/spring, it can be easy to forget those long, hot days of June, July and August. Even so, now is the time to start applying and planning to feed hungry children...
May 31, 2013 - 12:00am
January 9, 2013
Commentary - A New Year's resolution for a healthy mouth
By Daniel E. Rose, DDS, first-vice-president, Minnesota Dental Association, Pillager, MN As we enter the new year with so many good intentions, I would like to invite everyone to add one more resolution to their list: improved oral health. As a practicing dentist in Pillager, I see...
January 9, 2013 - 12:00am
April 6, 2012
Commentary - We need a sincere apology to Native Americans
By Pat Grant, co-chair of One Heart Ministry for First Nation People, Alexandria, Minnesota This is written after the great editorial entitled "Remembering a dark day in December." [Echo Press, January 6, 2012] It was expertly written. The mistreatment of Native Americans was an...
April 6, 2012 - 12:00am