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Former state senator to lead rural Minnesota advocacy group
Open for comment: water quality report for Long Prairie River watershed
For the Record - Feb. 24, 2017
From a mess to success
Co-op elementary school planned
State hockey: Ellingson's OT goal wins a thriller
NA3HL: Blizzard gains cushion heading into weekend series
State hockey: Cards put a scare in the Bears before falling short (w/video)
Girls Basketball: Streaks outrun Parkers Prairie
Boys basketball: Kannegiesser torches WCA with 45 points
A tough challenge
Maestro in the making
Education presentation to cover topics of Islam, Muslims
Grove is a 2017 ExCEL Award Recipient
Kensington Area Heritage Society hosts open house
Births - Feb. 10, 2017
Wedding - Bursch and Hawthorne
Births - Feb. 3
Wedding - Holmquist and Haugdahl
Engaged - Becker and Klawitter
Developing a deer plan: A Q-and-A with big game program leader Adam Murkowski
Warm weather forcing houses off the ice
Fishing first timers
Mike Frisch: Think spring
Stephany (Buschmann) Clay
Marjorie "Marjie" Weber
Steven James Velde
Steven James Velde
IT'S OUR TURN: The great puppy adventure
LETTER: Stop the land grab
LETTER: Snow angels are helping elderly
EDITORIAL: End ban on Sunday liquor sales
LETTER: School board should reconsider
Minnesota lawmakers lobby on ag issues
Save the date: garden education opportunities available
Century Farm applications due by April 3
It's fruit tree pruning time
Corn and Soybean Growers to hold annual meeting
Premiere Video closes its doors
REA holds district meeting
AAEDC leads initiatives for 2016 and into 2017
Edgewater Natural Family Medicine opens in Alexandria area
Alexandria Clinic recognized for quality laboratory services
hires and promotions
On The Street
June 11, 2010
Column - Biggest threat: Lack of trust
Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are running rampant among Americans, according to a survey published in the June issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. The survey reveals that even though the national economy is on its way to recovery, 84 percent of Americans are worried...
June 11, 2010 - 12:00am
June 4, 2010
Column - Seven reasons why Facebook leaves me cold
There is one reason why I like Facebook but at least seven reasons why I do not. At least twice a week, such invitations pop up on my e-mail inbox. Sometimes I have no clue who the person is. Mostly, though, the invitations are from friends, relatives and acquaintances - many of...
June 4, 2010 - 12:00am
May 28, 2010
Column - Beware of some dental clinics
Beware of some dentists and dental clinics. I repeat the qualifying word "some," because the vast majority of them, no doubt, are excellent. Several times in recent months, I've heard from readers who have been misled or conned by dentists or their clinic staffs. It happened to me...
May 28, 2010 - 12:00am
May 21, 2010
Column - A 'done' to-do list a rarity
My refrigerator has morphed into one giant humming "do list." There are so many magnets holding do lists to that fridge, there's a static force field big enough to make what's left of my hair stand on end. For as long as I can remember, I've depended upon do lists. I still come...
May 21, 2010 - 12:00am
May 14, 2010
Column - Need for 'green' overdue
The tug-of-war over a proposed wind farm out east is a classic example of a society so complicated, with factions so at odds with one another, that virtually nothing can get done. We've seen this deadlock over and over in the U.S. Congress, of course. We've even seen it locally with...
May 14, 2010 - 12:00am
May 7, 2010
Column - Will black hole devour us?
If you want to cheat people and get away with it, all you have to do is make your game complicated - so complicated nobody gets it. That's how Wall Street has operated for years. That's why there was a virtual financial melt-down, and that's why the "too-big-to-fail" good-ol' boys...
May 7, 2010 - 12:00am
April 30, 2010
Column - Cell phones make us baboons
Very soon, next to my "Please take off shoes" sign on the front door, there will be another sign: "Leave cell phone outside!" I'm sick and tired of people coming to visit, only to spend half the time here on their cell phones. An emergency call or two? Fine. But it's never an emergency;...
April 30, 2010 - 12:00am
April 23, 2010
Column - Genocidal killers benefit
Never forget! But, of course we do - again and again. Since the Holocaust ("Never forget!"), in which an estimated six million Jews were systematically put to death, untold more millions of human beings have been slaughtered time and again. Humankind not only forgets but seems intent...
April 23, 2010 - 12:00am
April 16, 2010
Column - Quitting one addiction only leads to the next
The trouble with quitting smoking is that it leads to another terrible addiction - an addiction called food. Quitting eating (or at least eating less) is just as difficult - maybe more so - than kicking the evil weed. On February 13, 2009, I tossed an empty pack of cigarettes into...
April 16, 2010 - 12:00am
April 2, 2010
Column - We must stop bullying
The beautiful face of Phoebe Price ought to haunt us and nag at our collective consciousness forever. On the afternoon of January 14 of this year, a sister came home and saw Phoebe hanging, dead, from a stairwell. She had been harassed and hounded to death by nine classmates. Phoebe,...
April 2, 2010 - 12:00am
March 26, 2010
Column - Pop the champagne! Celebrate
Forget the tea party. Pop the champagne! Yippee! Time to celebrate. Let's rejoice that the Democratic majority in the U.S. Congress - at long last - finally flexed its muscle, tossed obstructionists aside and passed a health-care reform bill. This historic action should have been...
March 26, 2010 - 12:00am
March 19, 2010
Column - Computers are a lifeline
Computer withdrawal is almost as bad as quitting smoking. Most of us, I think, are kidding ourselves when we crow about how we are not addicted to computers. "If it weren't for my news work," I've vowed so often, "I would disconnect my Internet service. It's all just cyber-junk....
March 19, 2010 - 12:00am
March 12, 2010
Column - Movies dreams answered
When I read the "Thumbs Up" editorial in the March 3 Echo Press, I found myself nodding faster than a movie-crazed bobble-head. The Thumbs Up was suggested by Annette Carolyn Ely, a writer who retired part-time in the Alexandria area. Ely was bemoaning the fact that theaters in Alexandria...
March 12, 2010 - 12:00am
March 5, 2010
Column - Delightful critters 'star' in 'Keeping Watch'
Like snowflakes, no two dogs or cats or any other animals are alike. Each has its own unique personality. Anyone who doubts that statement should read Kathy Sletto's book, Keeping Watch. Hot off the press, it is a real hoot from first page to last. Sletto and her husband, Terry,...
March 5, 2010 - 12:00am
February 26, 2010
Column - A way to beat winter blahs
Every winter, for years, I have vowed to spend those shut-in, cabin-fever days in mastering the art of bread baking. This winter, about a month ago, I finally started baking bread. Well, I should say, tried to bake bread. That old notion of "mastery" collapsed like fallen dough....
February 26, 2010 - 12:00am