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Update: Downpour causes flooding but minimal damage
UPDATE: Drowning victim was a boat mechanic with 'a huge heart'
Motorcycle run to raise awareness of mental illness
Law enforcement blotter: Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28
Man arrested after shots fired at Spicer Zorbaz
Girls tennis: Landmark wins fuel Cards' undefeated start
Viking Speedway: Thoennes holds off Zach Johnson as curfew ends things early
Volleyball: Osakis goes 2-2 at Albany Tournament
Sports schedule for Saturday, August 27
Girls tennis: Osakis ties for seventh at Delano tourney
Underwater Art: Decoys on display in Evansville
Robby Vee finishes out summer concert series
Harper's Chord comes to Carlos Creek Winery
Alpha Course teaches basics of faith
Strive to be a foundation for others
Births - Aug. 26, 2016
Engaged - Hanson and Lund
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
Youth Day draws a huge crowd again
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Stringer full of walleyes
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
Brandon D. Randt
Myrtle Annette McKay
COMMENTARY: What they're fighting over
COMMENTARY: Clean Power Plan will penalize Minnesota
IT'S OUR TURN: Recalling the dawn of the digital age; facing its challenges
EDITORIAL: Long wait for mental health care must be fixed
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
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
MMFCU concludes 60 Days of Giving campaign
Community solar program shining for REA
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
August 19, 2016
Elected officials salaries set
In less than five minutes and without any discussion, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners set the salaries for the four Douglas County elected officials - Attorney Chad Larson, Auditor/Treasurer Char Rosenow, Recorder Dawn Crouse and Sheriff Troy Wolbersen. They took action...
August 19, 2016 - 12:00am
County gives restaurant more time to pay taxes
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners agreed Tuesday to give the owners of an Alexandria restaurant five years to pay off taxes they owe...
August 19, 2016 - 12:00am
August 12, 2016
County Board race goes down to the wire
It was a close race for Douglas County Commissioner District 1 candidates at Tuesday’s primary election as only 44 votes separated the four candidates. The top two vote getters were Dick Gulbranson and Keith Englund. They will now appear on the ballot in November. Whoever wins...
August 12, 2016 - 12:00am
July 27, 2016
Architect hired for Rune Stone Park project
There were plenty of action items at last Tuesday's Douglas County Board meeting. Commissioners approved a request for a vacancy and a new position in the Social Services department, approved preliminary plats and conditional use permits in the Land and Resource Management department,...
July 27, 2016 - 12:00am
July 22, 2016
Elected officials present salary requests to county board
The four Douglas County elected officials went before the Board of Commissioners at Tuesday's meeting with their salary requests. The officials included Dawn Crouse, recorder; Chad Larson, attorney; Troy Wolbersen, sheriff; and Char Rosenow, auditor/treasurer. No numbers were discussed...
July 22, 2016 - 12:00am
July 15, 2016
County board hears from new Chamber director
At last week's Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting, there were several preliminary plats and conditional use permits that were approved, along with a few other agenda items.
July 15, 2016 - 12:00am
July 8, 2016
Douglas County Hospital stays with county
Without much discussion at Tuesday's Douglas County board meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to keep Douglas County Hospital (DCH) as a county-owned hospital instead of changing it over to a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The vote was more a formality, as the "real"...
July 8, 2016 - 12:00am
June 23, 2016
Conditional use permits cause stir at county board meeting
It was a packed house at the Douglas County Board Meeting Tuesday morning. The majority of people were there because of action being taken on two particular conditional use permits brought forward by Dave Rush, director of Land and Resource Management. Rush spoke to the board for...
June 23, 2016 - 9:46am
June 10, 2016
Top action items at county board meeting
Here’s a look at some of the other top action items at the Tuesday, June 7 meeting of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners: LAW ENFORCEMENT The board approved the annual contract for the work release program for inmates at the Douglas County Jail. In addition, the board approved...
June 10, 2016 - 12:00am
April 8, 2016
County approves bump for mowing money
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners moved quickly through a slate of business during Tuesday's meeting. Following is a brief overview of a few action items. • Commissioners authorized an increase in the county's allocation to the Douglas County Agriculture Association, which...
April 8, 2016 - 12:00am
March 11, 2016
Commissioners Bales, Johnson won't run for re-election
Douglas County Commissioners Bev Bales and Jerry Johnson won't seek re-election to the county board. Both announced their decision this month and both agree, it's time to move on. BALES "It has been a very interesting, rewarding and many times challenging job serving these 12 years...
March 11, 2016 - 12:00am
February 2, 2016
County board reverses layoffs decision
Douglas County Commissioners rescinded their vote to layoff two county corrections office employees. The 4-1 vote to rescind happened during the board’s February 2 meeting; Commissioner Jerry Johnson voted no. The board will now take 60 days to gather more information before addressing...
February 2, 2016 - 2:52pm
March 17, 2015
Signs of spring pop up at county board meeting with park, road plans
Signs of spring sprouted up at Tuesday’s Douglas County Board meeting. Plans to improve parks and roads moved forward. Commissioners called for requests from consulting firms to update the master plans for Kensington Runestone Park and Lake Brophy Park. The plan for Runestone...
March 17, 2015 - 3:29pm
February 22, 2014
Protecting precious metals
A licensing requirement was implemented this week for businesses buying or selling precious metal in Douglas County. On Tuesday, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved the measure. The new precious metal license fee is $75 and affects businesses that buy secondhand...
February 22, 2014 - 12:18am
February 21, 2014
County changes vote on public notices
Removing a sentence from a resolution was central to Douglas County Commissioner Dan Olson flipping his support for a resolution he voted against two weeks ago. During Tuesday’s county board meeting, commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of a resolution that supports proposed legislation...
February 21, 2014 - 12:00am