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Corn and Pork Chop Jubilee is under way
Law Enforcement Blotter: Tuesday, August 15
MN Muslim group calling for hate crime charge after man accused of throwing a pig's foot at Somali-American
Douglas County Outstanding Seniors: Pickles, bowling and much more
High water prompts no wake zones on 15 lakes
Tennis: Panthers looking for continued progress
Minnewaska Golf Club: Peters, Verkinderen hit holes-in-one in the same group
Eagles Horseshoe Standings
Alex 11U baseball team takes home state title
Atkinson wins Race for the Fallen Lineman at Viking
Photo of the Week
Vacation transformation at Good Shepherd Church
Alexandria's Enterprise plays courthouse concert
Faith Happenings: Running legend to speak at Faith @ Work Lunch
Engaged - Sharp and Kasper
Morken: Habitat key to curbing coyotes' effect on fawns
DNR report: Fewer small game hunters buy licenses in 2016
Morken: Death of Bosek hits hard for many
Plenty of deer harvest opportunities locally
DNR sees illegal use of hydraulic jets on more local waters
Jennifer R. Lorenz-Billings
Richard Henry Tomford
Sylvia O. Johnson
James F. Chan
Echo Press Editorial: Blank page speaks volumes
Observations from the Archives: 1967: Fair features racing ostrich-pulled carts
Commentary: City doesn't have right to ban new wells
In the Know: Pay attention to city, county budgets
Letter: What advice did Trump give Boy Scouts?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
Millerville gets hands-on with butter
Tractors to parade down 36 mile memory lane
Douglas County 4-H campers
Grant helps Glenwood with downtown facelift
Leadership change at Runestone Museum
Schwan's announces acquisitions as frozen food company beefs up its pizza business
Aagard expands to pull all workers into one building
A new place for ink opens in Alexandria
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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 - 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
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
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