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Taking the plunge for Special Olympics (updated with more video)
Story to highlight building activity in Alexandria
Weather Alerts: Blizzard Warning/Watch and Winter Weather Advisory
Law enforcement blotter: February 27 - March 1, 2015
Weather Alerts: Blizzard Watch Monday Night and Tuesday
Class A State Wrestling: Prairie Valley's Nibbe, WCA-A-B-E's Nohre both take second
Sports roundup from Saturday, February 28: Section swim, subsection basketball
State wrestling: Coyers place fifth, Hagen sixth
State wrestling: Alex wrestlers' seasons end in consolation round
Girls basketball: Focus shifts to playoffs after Cards wrap up share of CLC title
Music makes us whole
Peterson seeking entries for Congressional Art Competition
Super Bowl champ to perform worship concert
Strangers no longer
Photography exhibit to open in Evansville
Engaged - Barlage and Lukas
Births - Douglas County Hospital through February 15, 2015
Engaged - Koep and Highdale
Engaged - Wilson and Ostendorf
Engaged - Reed and Patterson
Wildlife of Douglas County: Pileated woodpecker
Giant crappie through the ice
DNR survey shows Minnesota’s moose population remains low
Nohre named MDHA region director
Aiming for success
Robert Sinotte, 71
William Bjerkness, 45
Sylvia Haabala, 90
Wilbur Nelson, 93
Shirley Eaton, 79
It's Our Turn: Hockey fights are pointless
State should not tax business property and family cabins
Food shelf ‘match’ is a myth
Echo Press Editorial Board: Keep public notices public
Border-to-border high-speed Internet isn’t nice, it’s necessary
Corn and soybean growers feature on-farm water use
Area farmers invited to sign on to lawsuit
Let’s Get Growing workshop set
Local turkey farmers attend conference at State Capitol
Column: Using natives in your garden
Douglas County DAC gives honors
Alexandria Clinic receives diabetes recognition
A new way to get your replacement SSA-1099 online
Library offers free copies of tax forms
Kraus-Anderson recognized for work on high school
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
July 20, 2010
Hail storm causes widespread damage in Todd County
Wide portions of Todd County sustained hail and wind damage from a severe storm that passed through the area Saturday. Starting at about 12:45 p.m., weather spotters from Hewitt, Browerville, Long Prairie and Grey Eagle fire departments were sent out. The storm rumbled through the...
news / region
July 20, 2010 - 11:18am
July 14, 2010
Prepare for invasion of summer pests
The warm, humid days of summer have finally arrived, and with them come a variety of insects that threaten our gardens. Colorado potato beetles, aphids, leaf hoppers, cucumber beetles and numerous others are very active this time of year, and many home owners choose to use insecticides...
July 14, 2010 - 12:00am
July 11, 2010
Corn is more than knee high but prices low
The venerable "knee-high by the Fourth of July" standard for corn crops has long gone the way of pinwheels, sparklers and homemade ice cream. Especially this year, most area corn has easily surpassed that benchmark, thanks to plentiful rain and, for the most part, some warm, sunny...
farm / news / region
July 11, 2010 - 10:18am
June 6, 2010
Are hazelnuts the new soybean?
BUTTERFIELD, Minn. -- In 2004, Norm Penner started planting hazelnut bushes on his farm in Butterfield. While the project has had challenges, Penner thinks there's still hope for hazelnuts with the right attention. Penner farms about 300 acres of corn, soybeans and hay. He has about...
June 6, 2010 - 7:30am
May 26, 2010
Enrollment deadline approaching for ACRE
Linda Hennen, executive director of USDA's Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds producers that June 1, 2010, is the deadline for the 2010 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP). This is a mandatory deadline...
May 26, 2010 - 12:00am
Organic farm near Parkers Prairie offers shares of its produce
For health-conscious people looking to incorporate clean, pesticide-free foods into their daily diet, Minnesota's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) may be the answer. Individuals now have the opportunity to buy a share of this type of produce through Ploughshare Farm, a CSA organic...
May 26, 2010 - 12:00am
April 28, 2010
Advice for gardeners: Not yet
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Well, right now, gardens shouldn't be growing - at least not tender, annual plants like...
gardening / news
April 28, 2010 - 12:00am
March 16, 2010
Environmental group seeks stricter rules for atrazine
The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy is urging state and federal agencies to strengthen regulations for a heavily used agricultural chemical because scientific studies have found that atrazine-contaminated water increases the risk for birth defects and developmental problems...
March 16, 2010 - 8:28am
January 27, 2010
Meeting to address ACRE, milk, crop issues
The Farm Business Management program at Central Lakes College will host a free producer meeting to address questions regarding the ACRE program, milk and crop marketing opportunities as well as the latest strategies using crop insurance. All area producers are encouraged to attend,...
January 27, 2010 - 12:00am
January 20, 2010
Apply now for state's soybean ambassador program
The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is currently seeking applicants for the 2010 Soybean Ambassador Program. Now in its second year, the Soybean Ambassador Program allows three young Minnesotans (older than the age of 18) the opportunity to earn scholarship...
farm / state
January 20, 2010 - 12:00am
Apply now for farm business management scholarships
Minnesota growers of several specialty crops may qualify for scholarships to offset the cost of farm business management classes through a program administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Applications are now being accepted for 2010. In 2010, eligible crops...
January 20, 2010 - 12:00am
January 16, 2010
USDA projects record corn yields
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting U.S. corn production at a record 13.2 billion bushels. This is up from 12.9 billion bushels projected in USDA's December forecast and 1 percent above the previous record of 13.0 billion bushels set in 2007. Corn exports are projected...
January 16, 2010 - 6:17am
January 1, 2010
Wheat growers to vote on check-off increase in January
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Member farmers of the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council will vote in January on a proposed increase to their check-off promotion. The current proposal is to change the check-off amount from one to two cents per bushel.
farm / news / region
January 1, 2010 - 10:40am
December 29, 2009
Funding available for sustainable agriculture projects
Don't miss the opportunity to apply for funding that can help you turn your innovative ideas into a sustainable farming practice. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting applications for Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grants through January 15, 2010. These...
December 29, 2009 - 12:00am