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UPDATED: Victim identified in fire; smoke detectors helped children escape
Echo Press wins 17 awards in state newspaper contest
Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, Dec. 8
Local lawmakers want surplus used for health care, tax relief
Holiday Train to stop in Alexandria
Wrestling: Silverstreaks split at New London-Spicer Tri
Boys basketball: Lakers drop home opener in overtime loss
Boys basketball: Chargers roll to 2-0
Boys basketball: Turnovers haunt Ashby in home-opener
Gymnastics: Cardinals lose close one to Brainerd in home opener
Ernie Unruh Christian Service Award lunch rescheduled
Heaven's headlines are the ones that matter
Students test their knowledge in science fairs
Annual Jingle Bells Telethon is Dec. 10
Crockpot 'crocktails' on standby with or without alcohol
Births - Dec. 9, 2016
Butler and Joswiak
Wedding - Steinhagen and Sperl
Wedding - Cunningham and Thielke
Births - Nov. 25, 2016
Catching those early-ice walleyes
From the stand: A good way to end it
Applications open for spring turkey's first two seasons
Morken: Some "hunters" don't represent hunting
Bucks on the ground
Harriet M. Johnson
Christian "Christy" Lorsung
COMMENTARY: Take a look at how Minnesota turkeys are raised
LETTER: Fake news is form of terrorism
LETTER: Burden falling on younger generations
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IT'S OUR TURN: 'Don't forget to remember'
Winter grazing of cover crops is subject of workshop
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
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
September 25, 2013
The rest of the story is not told
By David Anderson, Lonsdale, MN A recent commentary to the Echo Press by Tom Haag, president of MN Corn Growers, talks about so-called benefits of renewable fuel standards but ignores other costs associated with them. Haag talks about 400,000 jobs, a reduction in oil and reduced...
September 25, 2013 - 9:08am
August 23, 2013
Commentary - No one has right to infest a lake
By Tom Nelson, president of Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations, Deer River, MN Last week the Minnesota DNR announced that a boat and trailer recently used on Lake Minnetonka was found with both zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil as it left Lake Bemidji.
August 23, 2013 - 12:00am
August 21, 2013
Commentary - Keeping rural communities connected with the world
By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Distance has always been a tough economic challenge for rural Minnesota. Cars and highways have gone a long way toward shortening that distance. Now, modern communications are bringing the world even closer. With interactive video, a patient...
August 21, 2013 - 12:00am
August 16, 2013
Commentary - New local government exemption could end two decades of sales tax shell game in Minnesota
By Joe Vene, Beltrami County Commissioner, 2013 president, Association of Minnesota Counties, Bemidji, MN As a county commissioner in Minnesota, I often find myself trying to help my fellow citizens understand how their county property tax dollars are spent. Counties remain the biggest...
August 16, 2013 - 12:00am
Commentary - Fight against childhood obesity is showing results
By Dr. Janey Thornton, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services As the Department of Agriculture's Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, I am on a mission to make sure all of our nation's children have the best possible...
August 16, 2013 - 12:00am
July 27, 2013
New health care: questions and answers
This October, your state will unroll its new health insurance marketplace, or "exchange." This new marketplace is where, if your employer doesn't provide adequate health insurance, you'll be able to shop for more affordable private insurance. Why should you buy insurance from...
July 27, 2013 - 3:06pm
July 26, 2013
Commentary - Senior Center gives director vote of confidence, tells NSI to leave
By Greg Odell, Alexandria, MN A wise servant of the Lord once said, "Everything rises and falls on leadership." A leader must be wise; a leader must be understanding; a leader should be one who shows humility, especially when it comes to the public. I became a new board member at...
July 26, 2013 - 12:00am
July 4, 2013
Klobuchar issues statement on Independence Day
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, released the following statement in commemoration of Independence Day on July 4th: "Today, Americans across the country come together to celebrate our nation's Independence Day, when our founding fathers created a blueprint for a new way...
July 4, 2013 - 7:00am
May 24, 2013
Commentary - Let's talk about mental health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Let's talk about it. We talk about our blood pressure, thyroids, hip replacements, etc. We talk about the doctors who treat us. We give advice to friends and family as to the quality of care or lack thereof from our attending physicians, surgeons...
May 24, 2013 - 12:00am
May 18, 2013
The invisible lawmakers; the process of dealing with healthcare, Wall Street reform
Want to know what's causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here's a hint: it's not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it's a pair of three-year-old laws. The Affordable Care Act...
May 18, 2013 - 10:58am
May 10, 2013
Commentary - Historic LGA agreement will strengthen communities for years
By Bruce Ahlgren, president of Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and mayor of Cloquet, MN There is an historic moment at hand for Greater Minnesota.
May 10, 2013 - 12:00am
May 5, 2013
Commentary: How politics has changed
Editor's note: The following commentary was written by Lee Hamilton, director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. As a public service, Hamilton writes regularly about Congress and what individuals can...
May 5, 2013 - 9:06am
May 1, 2013
Commentary - There's something wrong with this theory
By David Schonberg, Alexandria, MN Dear Teacher: I know you must believe the theory of evolution is true or you would not teach it. But some things don't add up. For instance, why do evolutionists attempt to suppress opposing views through legal action and academic boycott? What...
May 1, 2013 - 12:00am
April 21, 2013
Commentary: Tired of budget shenanigans? Here's an answer
Editor's note: The following commentary was written by Lee Hamilton, director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. With the formal release of President Obama's budget, the pieces are finally in place...
April 21, 2013 - 9:10am
April 19, 2013
Commentary - Earth Day is April 22; global warming is occurring
By Patty Bracey, Citizens Climate Lobby member, Brandon, MN The first Earth Day was organized in 1970. The purpose and goal was to inform and amend practices that contributed to "dirtying our environment." Today, the purpose is the same because the problem is the same, but with increased...
April 19, 2013 - 12:00am