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August 23, 2012
Grant awards, applications highlight county board meeting
Awarded grants and grant requests topped the topics at the Douglas County commissioners' meeting on August 14. Sheriff Troy Wolbersen presented the board with two federal boating and safety equipment grants. The funds will supplement a state grant that will help acquire a 19-foot...
August 23, 2012 - 9:51am
August 22, 2012
District 1 county board candidates answer questions
To help readers reach a more informed decision on Election Day, the Echo Press sent questionnaires to all the candidates who are running for...
August 22, 2012 - 12:00am
August 15, 2012
Douglas County Commissioners review preliminary 2013 budget
In midsummer with fall quickly approaching, Douglas County commissioners have already begun reviewing the 2013 budget. Department heads met with the board recently to glance at projections and make requests for adjustments in the preliminary numbers. Overall, the county has been...
August 15, 2012 - 12:00am
August 8, 2012
Douglas County primary election to be held Tuesday
Primary elections will be held in Douglas County on Tuesday, August 14. Three commissioner districts, 2, 3 and 4 will be on the ballot. Non-partisan county commissioner candidates Norm Salto, Jim Hafdal and James Stratton are on the primary ballot for District 2; Bev Bales, Jerry...
August 8, 2012 - 12:00pm
August 3, 2012
Commissioner candidates in District 4 answer questions
Now it's time for the candidates in Douglas County commissioner District 4 to have their say. To help voters reach a more informed decision...
August 3, 2012 - 12:00am
July 27, 2012
County board candidates in District 2 answer questions
To help voters reach a more informed decision in the primary election on August 14, the Echo Press mailed questionnaires to the Douglas County...
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July 27, 2012 - 12:00am
July 26, 2012
Douglas County changes septic regulations
A new septic ordinance will be instituted in Douglas County as of August 1. The ordinance includes additional permit requirements and adjustments in fees charged by the county for septic services. Standard systems, holding tanks and privies, alternative systems and restaurant/bar/hotel...
July 26, 2012 - 3:27pm
July 12, 2012
Commissioners dismiss legal advice
Despite a solicited opinion from their attorney disapproving the action, Douglas County Commissioners approved a contract with Computer Professionals Unlimited, binding the county to the company's services until 2018. "My concern certainly isn't vendor specific," said Chad Larson,...
July 12, 2012 - 9:10am
July 6, 2012
County continues working toward solution on Lake Oscar
Work to alleviate the overflow on Lake Oscar is ongoing. At their June 26 meeting, Douglas County commissioners approved a contract for Sellin Brothers, Inc. of Hawley to make improvements to the outlet. Sellin Brothers' bid for $262,480 was 14.67 percent under the engineer's e...
July 6, 2012 - 10:44am
June 29, 2012
AHRA request for county property approved
Douglas County commissioners approved the Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority's (AHRA) request to purchase a tax-forfeited property in Alexandria for economic development. The request came before the board at the June 12 commissioners' meeting and was tabled in order for...
June 29, 2012 - 11:52am
June 27, 2012
REA headquarters moving to Lake Mary Township
Douglas County commissioners approved plans to convert an area of Lake Mary Township into a tax increment finance (TIF) district. This will help the Runestone Electric Association, which is expanding and moving. Douglas County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) executive director...
June 27, 2012 - 4:22pm
June 26, 2012
Mostad continues service to Sauk River Watershed District
Douglas County commissioners reappointed Bob Mostad as a manager for the Sauk River Watershed District. Mostad's term was due to expire on June 30, 2012. Mostad has been involved with the SRWD since its inception 26 years ago. Prior to becoming a manager, Mostad was an administrator...
June 26, 2012 - 3:15pm
June 14, 2012
No vote for development effort
Low income housing is scarce in Douglas County. The Alexandria Housing and Redevelopment Authority (AHRA) sought to purchase property in Alexandria to help develop the low to moderate housing market in the area. The AHRA offered $3,500 for land located at 404 12th Avenue East with...
June 14, 2012 - 12:00am
June 8, 2012
Fifteen candidates file for five county board spots
With the filing period now officially over, a total of 15 candidates are in the running for five Douglas County commissioner positions. Because of redistricting, all five seats are up for election this year and all five districts are being contested. The final batch of candidates...
June 8, 2012 - 12:00am
June 4, 2012
UPDATE: Douglas County finalizing Alexandria Clinic purchase
Medical mergers are trending in Douglas County. First, Broadway Medical Center and Sanford Health officially merged to become Sanford Health Broadway Clinic in January. Now, Douglas County Hospital (DCH) and Alexandria Clinic have entered into a partnership. Douglas County commissioners...
June 4, 2012 - 2:01pm