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New effort tries to draw more people into area
Students can earn credits, use release time at NCA
Ten school, city elections contested
Douglas County Fair deemed a success
AARP honors Bev Bales as 50 Plus Leader
Fun meets a potential future in stock cars for many young go-kart drivers
Tweaks for progress: Shifted backfield, young line highlight B-E football
Following its headline year: Christensen steps in for Minnewaska football
WISSOTA racing returns to Douglas County Fair
Balancing act: Osakis tennis staggers lineup to begin fall
Put the fun back in parenting
Walk raises awareness of congenital heart defects
AAHS students, alumni kick off Project 1440
Discovery Middle School hosts orientations, open house
Cunninghams win wing sauce contest
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
Engaged - Benning and Notch
Engaged - Butler and Joswiak
Stringer full of walleyes
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
A big bass for Beau
Youth day comes together
Arland E. Hirman
Bernard "Bernie" V. Dulski
Clara "Clair" A. Gustafson
Arland E. Hirman
LETTER: All are born in spiritual darkness
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
From the archives - 1966: Six boxes of contest butter to be auctioned off at county fair
EDITORIAL: Small towns can have big problems
LETTER: The same old arguments against Christianity
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Beach named editor of Echo Press
New rules implemented for telemarketers
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
September 28, 2011
Commentary - Parents and taxpayers deserve the facts on education funding
By Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Commissioner of Education Several Republican legislators have pledged recently that they will campaign across the state against upcoming school levies. It is startling to see politicians intruding into local school issues that have been historically...
September 28, 2011 - 12:00am
September 23, 2011
Commentary - Homestead Market Value Credit change marks end of shell game
By Jim Miller, executive director of League of Minnesota Cities, St. Paul, MN In the past few weeks, there has been extensive media coverage concerning the state Legislature's discontinuation of the Market Value Homestead Credit program in favor of the new Homestead Market Value...
September 23, 2011 - 12:00am
September 14, 2011
Commentary - Time to remember the Constitution
Editor's note: The following information was provided by Robin Trott, a local representative for the Daughters of the American Revolution. WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 17, 2011 begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America's most important...
September 14, 2011 - 12:00am
September 7, 2011
Commentary - What are 'the others' here for?
There's something in all of us that urges us to help others. We get a sense of completeness and fulfillment from contributing to our culture or helping individuals accomplish things. This can take many forms of contributing. Whether it is financial giving, sharing of talents and skills,...
September 7, 2011 - 12:00am
Commentary - Dairy safety net isn't working
By House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn. It has been nearly three years since the combination of declining milk prices and escalating input costs devastated the dairy industry. Many producers were forced out of business while others just barely...
September 7, 2011 - 12:00am
Commentary - Tax cuts for wealthy don't work
Recent articles in local and regional newspapers are beginning to show the effects of the Tea Party influenced tax cuts only and borrowing from the future system of financing government. Problems like statewide school districts having to borrow even more money and the city of Minneapolis...
September 7, 2011 - 12:00am
September 2, 2011
Commentary - Use local businesses for home repair work
By Coni McKay, executive director, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce While we all watched the dramatic reports of Hurricane Irene battering the East Coast this week, I realized that homeowners there will soon be faced with finding reputable service vendors to complete...
September 2, 2011 - 12:00am
August 10, 2011
Commentary - High water - what do we do about it?
By Jim Hultman, Alexandria, MN First, I should explain that I am probably one of the most seriously affected by the recent record high water in our lakes. My yard is now a part of the lake and my home is threatened by imminent flooding. My garage and driveway are flooded and I wear...
August 10, 2011 - 12:00am
August 5, 2011
Commentary - The problem with Zequanox
By Bonnie Huettl, president of Douglas County Lakes Association, Alexandria, MN Pseudomonoas florescens (the biological name for Zequanox) has been studied for 20 years by scientists and continues on. Douglas County could be a leader in the world of green solutions to controlling...
August 5, 2011 - 12:00am
July 8, 2011
Commentary - An unnecessary shutdown
I am disappointed that the month of June came to a close and the budget disagreement did not, forcing a state government shutdown. I am disappointed that the Legislature's balanced budget, spending only what we have in our checkbook, was neither accepted nor considered by Governor...
July 8, 2011 - 12:00am
June 24, 2011
Commentary - Legislators can learn from ATCC
Since the legislative session began, I've repeatedly paged through the state's little green session guide.
June 24, 2011 - 12:00am
June 22, 2011
Tournament anglers have big impact
Over the past few weeks, I've read letters to the editor and commentary articles in the Echo Press both pro and con on fishing tournaments. As a retired fishing guide, avid angler and pretty good tournament angler I found the exchanges interesting with some good points on both sides....
June 22, 2011 - 12:00am
June 8, 2011
Problems with bass fishing on lakes
Several letters and articles about Senator Ingebrigtsen's aquatic invasive species legislation have appeared recently in the Echo Press. The writers appear to be offended by the legislation and want to protect the image of bass fishing tournaments and participants. Peter Perovich...
June 8, 2011 - 12:00am
June 3, 2011
State preferences cheat taxpayers
About a decade ago, a recording studio owner, Rod, discovered that the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office had issued a Request for Proposal (RFP); the agency needed some video production services. Rod had recently registered with the state to receive notices of such RFPs and was...
June 3, 2011 - 12:00am
June 1, 2011
Proposed amendment causing hurt
By members of Diversity Resource Action Alliance (DRAA) - Shari Maloney, Sherry Bruckner, LaTresse Snead and John Heydt, Alexandria, MN On Saturday, May 21, the Minnesota Legislature voted to place an amendment to ban same-sex marriage on the November 2012 ballot. Currently, Minnesota...
June 1, 2011 - 12:00am