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Football: B-E ready to make next step
Next man up: Empting takes over at QB after Roste's three-year run
A promise kept: Plan started at the Viking Speedway is rekindled after the death of a friend
Garden experiment produces sky-high sunflowers
Refresher courses offered for older drivers
Christian group forms to challenge government corruption, tyranny
Johnson - Engebretson
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
James "Jim" K. Davern
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John "Jack" McLaughlin
Betty A. Johnson
Delores M. Johnson
Letter: Minneapolis' move to restrict menthol is inspiring
THUMBS UP/THUMBS DOWN: Views of the Echo Press Editorial Board
It's Our Turn: Will we let hatred divide us?
Letter: We need to work and pray together
Commentary: Think of the possibilities new school would bring
Tomato tasting at the library
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
Millerville gets hands-on with butter
Glenwood resort receives Century Resort designation
Minnesota adds 7,700 jobs in July; unemployment rate unchanged
Grant helps Glenwood with downtown facelift
Leadership change at Runestone Museum
Schwan's announces acquisitions as frozen food company beefs up its pizza business
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November 25, 2012
Commentary: A bipartisan goal should be good constituent service
Editor's note: The following commentary was provided by Lee Hamilton. As a public service, Hamilton writes regularly about Congress and what individuals can do to make our representative democracy work better. His columns, offered to you free, are part of the educational mission of...
November 25, 2012 - 9:10am
November 20, 2012
Commentary - Senator Ingebrigtsen supports waste-to-energy over landfilling
By Dan Olson, Alexandria, MN To most Minnesotans, remembering to put the trash can out on the curb each week is the extent of the time they spend thinking about the issue. But behind the scenes, a conversation is beginning to take form that will cause all Minnesotans to pay special...
November 20, 2012 - 12:00am
November 16, 2012
Commentary - Every child deserves a family
By Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota Department of Human Services, St. Paul, MN Over the past year, I have spoken with many youth who are in, or just left, our foster care system. Their stories veer from inspirational to heartbreaking. The young man who transitioned from foster care to college...
November 16, 2012 - 12:00am
November 11, 2012
Commentary: Every day is Veterans Day
When people think of veterans, they often think of warriors, but Hurricane Sandy offers just the latest reminder of the significant humanitarian and often times life-saving work performed by our veterans on a daily basis. As Sandy was still wreaking devastation on the east coast,...
November 11, 2012 - 7:00am
November 3, 2012
Commentary: Civil discourse and the clash of ideas
The election of 2012 has called attention to how difficult it is for Americans to talk reasonably with one another about public policy challenges. Our civic dialogue -- how we sort through issues and reason with one another -- is too often lamentable. We live in a politically...
November 3, 2012 - 3:10pm
October 12, 2012
Commentary - Help stop the cycle of abuse
By Jenna Payne, crime victim advocate for Someplace Safe of Douglas County October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The question is, what should we be aware of? Accept and acknowledge that Domestic Violence happens in our community. Physical and verbal abuse is occurring...
October 12, 2012 - 12:00am
September 26, 2012
Commentary - Use extra care during harvest time
By Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture commissioner, St. Paul, MN Harvest season is a culmination of more than a year of planning, hard work and patience. It's an exciting time for farmers, but it can also be a dangerous time. We received a tragic reminder of...
September 26, 2012 - 12:00am
September 19, 2012
Commentary - Clerks express concerns over voter ID
Editor's note: The Echo Press is printing the following commentary to help voters get a fuller understanding of the voter ID amendment that will be on the ballot this fall. The writers hold non-partisan clerk positions. By Adrian Ledermann, Brandon Township clerk; Rebecca Anderson,...
September 19, 2012 - 12:00am
August 29, 2012
Commentary - Some veterans have difficulties that lead to becoming homeless
By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Minnesota native Leroy Namen joined the U.S. Navy in 1979 and was stationed in the Philippines. When Leroy returned home, he started to drink heavily and ended up homeless for the next 15 years. Leroy eventually got the help he needed with...
August 29, 2012 - 12:00am
August 24, 2012
Commentary - Whooping cough prevention: Ensure the health of your family
By Kathleen Jaeger, senior vice president, Pharmacy Care and Patient Advisory National Association of Chain Drug Stores If you have a new child or grandchild, or come in close contact with an infant of 12 months or younger, you should know that the number of cases of whooping...
August 24, 2012 - 12:00am
Commentary - What is county government willing to do?
By Allen L. Senstad, Alexandria, MN It's been said that the third biggest lie in our country is, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." How sad; yet sometimes, how true. My son has a disability. The laws of our state and our nation were designed to protect these individuals;...
August 24, 2012 - 12:00am
August 22, 2012
Commentary - Keep focus on veterans every day
Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Washington, D.C. Today is neither Veterans Day nor Memorial Day - the two days each year when all Americans pause to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. That doesn't mean we don't appreciate...
August 22, 2012 - 12:00am
July 20, 2012
Commentary - Farm Bill is a win for Minnesota
By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Last month the U.S. Senate passed the 2012 Farm Bill on a bipartisan vote of 64-35. This five-year legislation sets federal priorities for America's farmers and rural communities. As with any kind of major legislation, the final version of...
July 20, 2012 - 12:00am
July 3, 2012
Commentary - MDA has program to help deal with natural disasters
By Dave Frederickson, MDA commissioner, St. Paul, MN The heavy rain and floods that recently swept through parts of the state created some real problems for cities like Duluth and Moose Lake. They also created problems for local farmers and others growing food, whether it's a backyard...
July 3, 2012 - 12:00am
June 27, 2012
Commentary - Stop bullying in our schools
Editor's note: A 9th grader at Discovery Middle School wrote this commentary for an English class assignment. By Austin Ressemann, Alexandria, MN It is suspected that around 160,000 students miss school each day for fear of being bullied. If this statistic is true, it would mean...
June 27, 2012 - 12:00am