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Loving heart gives out in the Philippines
Tons of trash turned to energy
Taxpayers could save $1.4 M
Hospital faces challenge of low reimbursement rates
Card swimmers fall to St. Cloud Tech
Alexandria girls continue dominance of CLC league
Alexandria splits triangular in Bemidji
Chargers storm past Hillcrest Comets
Osakis wrestlers pin Paynesville
Ecumen Bethany hosts Quilting Bee to benefit food shelf
Prairie Lakes Audubon Chapter holds meeting
One Community, One Book
Fashion show debuts in Alexandria
‘Precious Bane’ to be presented Friday
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Births - Douglas County Hospital through January 12, 2015
Births - Douglas County Hospital through January 3, 2015
Engaged - Pavek and Jossart
Births - Douglas County Hospital through December 28, 2014
Wildlife of Douglas County: Snowy Owl
DNR postpones AIS training and trailer decal program
DNR studies shed light on local fisheries
Dayton proposes expanded buffer zones along Minnesota waters
Wildlife of Douglas County: Fisher
Funeral - Marian Shipton, 97
Funeral - Beverly Rolfsrud, 94
Funeral - Enida Siirila, 85
Funeral - Henry Bender, 88
Funeral - Ethel Koon, 100
Letter: ‘Local heroes’ tackle community’s needs
Letter: Accountability needed for gas tax
Commentary: Put governing over gridlock in 2015
It's Our Turn: Social media is often riddled with rumors, untruths
Guest Editorial: Time for Legislature to step up for Greater Minnesota
Ten tips to successful seed starting
Farming community invited to sustainable farming conference
Livestock disaster aid deadline nears
Potato growers invited to hearing on check-off fees January 23
Winter garden college planned
Kiwanis announces board members
Douglas Machine holds poster contest
Manufacturing strength expected to continue in 2015
New medical executive committee leadership elected
Operation Round Up grants announced
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On The Street
July 8, 2014
Dale sentenced to 41 months for driving drunk in fatal crash
Jacob Dale of Alexandria was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for driving drunk in a crash that killed his passenger, Landon Lien of Carlos on May 25, 2013. Judge David Battey handed down the sentence in Douglas County District Court, giving Dale, 19, the maximum amount under...
July 8, 2014 - 3:17pm
June 26, 2014
UPDATE 3 P.M. Suspect arrested in Willmar stabbing
By Gretchen Schlosser and Carolyn Lange, Forum News Service WILLMAR, Minn. -- A Willmar man was taken into custody Thursday after stabbing a woman at a home, Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt said. Exsavor Rene Cruz, 19, was arrested about 1:15 p.m. when officers served a search...
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June 26, 2014 - 3:30pm
June 9, 2014
UPDATE Saturday: Alexandria police arrest second theft suspect
The Alexandria Police Department has now arrested both theft suspects it asked the community to help find yesterday. On Friday, a resident read the story in the Echo Press and gave police information that led to the arrest of the female suspect, Teresa Marie Thelen of Sauk Rapids....
June 9, 2014 - 8:52am
May 23, 2014
New judge assigned to armed robbery case against Michael Warren
A new judge has been assigned to the armed robbery case against Michael Warren of Alexandria. Warren, 27, appeared in Douglas County District Friday and his attorney requested Judge Dave Battey to recuse himself because Battey was the judge who signed the search warrants that were...
May 23, 2014 - 3:31pm
Dale pleads guilty to vehicular homicide
Jacob Dale, a 19-year-old Alexandria man who was charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide last summer, has pleaded guilty. Dale entered the plea to one of the counts, criminal vehicle homicide while operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08...
May 23, 2014 - 10:29am
May 20, 2014
Glenwood murder trial: child's injuries point to abuse, says prosecutor
By Tom Cherveny, Forum News Service GLENWOOD, Minn. — Four-year-old Eric Dean was “basically dead’’ when the 911 call was made to summon help to the house of Amanda Peltier and David Dean in Starbuck at 11:40 p.m. Feb. 27, 2013. He arrived at Glacial Ridge Hospital in...
May 20, 2014 - 8:58am
‘Man in Black’ bank robber gets 14 years for ‘reign of terror’
By Marino Eccher, Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- It took a year for Sheikh Bilaal Muhammad Arafat — known to the FBI as the “Man in Black” — to rob 31 banks, including one in Alexandria. The terror he instilled while demanding money with armed threats, his victims said,...
May 20, 2014 - 7:07am
May 14, 2014
Authorities search for burglary suspect in Belle River Township
Authorities are searching for a burglary suspect in Douglas County. The incident began at 9:30 a.m. yesterday, Tuesday, when a relative of a local family came to visit their home on County Road 3 NE in Belle River Township and saw an unknown vehicle parked near a garage. When...
May 14, 2014 - 9:27am
May 13, 2014
Waseca teen accused of plotting mass killing pleads not guilty
By Forum News Service WASECA, Minn. -- The southern Minnesota teenager accused of plotting to kill his family and slaughter students and staff at his school pleaded not guilty Monday. John David LaDue, 17, was charged as a juvenile with four counts of attempted first degree...
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May 13, 2014 - 8:08am
May 9, 2014
Sex ad links attacker, victim in Fargo slashing
By Archie Ingersoll, Forum News Service FARGO – The 18-year-old accused of Wednesday’s slashing and attempted robbery in south Fargo met his victim through an online sex ad, a method he’s used to lure a series of other robbery victims, according to police. Fargo police...
May 9, 2014 - 10:17am
May 7, 2014
Murder charges dropped against stabbing suspect, for now
The Douglas County Attorney’s Office dismissed murder charges against Kody Klimek of Alexandria Thursday because crucial witnesses could not be located in time for trial. The jury trial was set to begin on Monday, May 5. Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson explained: “Klimek...
May 7, 2014 - 3:34pm
May 6, 2014
Two suspects arrested in Alexandria in large-scale drug bust
Two St. Cloud men were arrested in Alexandria Friday during an investigation into the sale of marijuana, Ecstasy and other drugs in large-scale quantities in Central Minnesota. Investigators with the West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force, along with the Central Minnesota Violent...
May 6, 2014 - 3:15pm
April 30, 2014
Minnesota man found guilty of murder in teens’ shooting deaths
By Sarah Nelson Katzenberger, Forum News Service LITTLE FALLS, Minn. -- A man who claimed he feared for his life when he fatally shot two teenagers in his central Minnesota home was found guilty Tuesday of premeditated murder. Byron Smith, 65, was charged with two counts of...
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April 30, 2014 - 10:46am
April 28, 2014
Smith won’t testify in murder trial; closing arguments coming Tuesday
By Sarah Nelson Katzenberger, Forum News Service LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Defense attorney Steven Meshbesher told reporters Monday it was his decision to not have Byron Smith testify. Smith is on trial in Morrison County for two first-degree murder indictments in the Thanksgiving...
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April 28, 2014 - 2:24pm
April 25, 2014
State rests its case in Little Falls murder trial
By Sarah Nelson Katzenberger, Forum News Service LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — State prosecutors rested their case Thursday against the man charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two teens in his rural Little Falls home, and the defense began with testimony about break-ins at...
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April 25, 2014 - 10:55am