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Law enforcement blotter: Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26
Minn. college student remains missing
Congressman Walz enters Minnesota governor race
Bridge at Osakis exit closed starting today
SkillsUSA competition held Friday at ATCC
Sports schedule for Monday, March 27
Panthers' Denny looks forward with almost entire team intact from runner-up finish
Morken's musings: Reason to believe in Gophers future
Where are they now: Duwenhoegger wins MIAC shot put title
Paulson honored as Knights MVP
Alexandria Public School elementary students 'cash in' on creativity
Artists, crafters sought for Art of the Lakes tour
Love INC welcomes volunteer and Life Skills Class coordinator
Judy Slegh brings healing ministry to House of Prayer
Boy Scouts to conduct 29th annual Scouting for Food drive
Births - March 24, 2017
Births - March 17, 2017
Births - March 8, 2017
Engaged - Freiderich and Blumhoefer
Births - March 3, 2017
Mike Frisch: What's my walleye line?
Art of every size, shape and color
DNR release: Catch-and-release summer walleye season announced for Mille Lacs
Carvers coming to the RCC
Bald eagles migrating back to Minnesota
Clarence Raymond Lehn
Nancy A. Pedersen
COMMENTARY: Proposed well ban could be disastrous
COMMENTARY: Bill promoted by NorthStar Christian Academy hurts Minnesota students
IT'S OUR TURN: Have you had 'the talk' yet?
FORUM EDITORIAL: Allow cameras in federal courts
IN THE KNOW: Alexandria is top micropolitan in Minnesota
Agriculture going strong in Douglas County
Douglas County Master Gardeners present Let's Get Growing workshop
Wussows named a Yieldmaster contest winner
Nominate a Farm Mom of the Year
Selecting fragrant flowers for your cutting garden
Cherry Berry closes
Edgewater Natural Family Medicine to host grand opening
Coffee lover branches out: Alexandria man turns roasting into a side business
Ecumen Bethany Community receives Customer Experience Award
Parkers Prairie bar and grill is first to serve liquor
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On The Street
January 25, 2013
A prescription for trouble
Locally, there's an increase in heroin use. "We have a big problem that we see on the horizon and we need to get [information] out there as quickly as possible," Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson told the Echo Press on Tuesday.
January 25, 2013 - 12:00am
December 8, 2012
Schools can win supplies for drug prevention efforts
The National Family Partnership® (NFP) announces its annual call-for-entries for the new theme of next year's Red Ribbon Week. "The winner will receive national acclaim and recognition," said Peggy Sapp, NFP's volunteer president. "The winning slogan and design will be used throughout...
December 8, 2012 - 10:55am
September 16, 2012
State agencies substance abuse effort aims to save lives, dollars
The Department of Human Services released the first statewide plan to tackle substance abuse and addiction in Minnesota last week. The Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy (PDF) calls for a multi-agency, multi-faceted approach to achieve a healthier, safer and stronger Minnesota. The...
September 16, 2012 - 2:10pm
July 26, 2012
Law expands illegal synthetic drugs
ST. PAUL -- More synthetic drugs will be illegal under a law taking effect Wednesday, and a state agency will be able to act faster to make newly developed versions illegal. Still, as makers of the so-called "designer drugs" continue to change chemical formulas to skirt the law,...
July 26, 2012 - 3:38pm
July 13, 2012
New federal law bans synthetic drugs
ST. PAUL -- Synthetic substances that mimic traditional illegal drugs, and are killing young people in increasing numbers, now are against federal law. President Barack Obama Monday signed a food and drug safety bill into law with provisions outlawing synthetic drugs such 2C-E and...
July 13, 2012 - 12:00am
'Fake' drugs, real danger
Agitation, high blood pressure, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidal thoughts: would anyone be foolhardy enough to voluntarily experience these sensations? Bath salts are not the mundane hygienic compound one would suppose.
July 13, 2012 - 12:00am
June 1, 2012
Cop talk: Prescription drug abuse is serious problem
What kinds of prescription drugs are being abused and what should I look out for? Prescription drug abuse can be broken down into three primary categories. The first category is opioids. Opioids are generally prescribed as a pain killer and include the common prescriptions such...
June 1, 2012 - 12:00am
March 28, 2012
Police Academy Part 2: Drugs and crime scenes
Editor's Note: This is the second of a three-part series on the Alexandria Citizens Police Academy as seen through the eyes of one of its participants...
March 28, 2012 - 12:00am
October 6, 2011
Legislation aims to ban dangerous synthetic drugs
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its support of Klobuchar's legislation to ban the dangerous synthetic drug 2C-E, which has led to the death of one Minnesotan as well as the hospitalization...
October 6, 2011 - 9:53am
September 25, 2011
Time to make Medicare Part D changes starts soon
Editor's note: The following information was provided through the Social Security Public Affairs office in Minneapolis and St Paul. Medicare beneficiaries who are considering changes to their Medicare Part D plan should mark their calendars for October 15. The "open season" will...
September 25, 2011 - 8:21am
August 6, 2011
Use of synthetic drugs on the rise in Minnesota
The latest emerging drug trend in the Twin Cities is the rising abuse of synthetic drugs, according to the most recent drug trends report issued by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). According to "Drug Abuse Trends in Minneapolis/St. Paul: 2010," substances are sold...
August 6, 2011 - 12:26pm
April 8, 2011
City adds random testing to drug, alcohol policy
Alexandria's volunteer firefighters may now undergo random drug and alcohol tests. But it's not because there's been a problem. Department leaders requested the city to include the firefighters in the city's substance abuse policy as another way of demonstrating how committed firefighters...
April 8, 2011 - 12:00am
March 21, 2011
Klobuchar co-sponsors bipartisan bill to ban harmful chemicals used in K2
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) cosponsored bipartisan legislation with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and five other senators to ban the harmful chemicals commonly used in synthetic drugs popularly known as "K2" or "Spice." Poison control centers and emergency...
March 21, 2011 - 9:35am
March 1, 2011
Klobuchar and nine senators introduce legislation to ban sale of drugs sold as 'bath salts'
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and nine other senators - including Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) - introduced bipartisan legislation that would ban the sale of harmful synthetic drugs that are being sold and marketed as "bath salts." The bill would add two chemical substances,...
March 1, 2011 - 8:25am
February 27, 2011
House votes to outlaw synthetic marijuana
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House overwhelmingly voted Thursday to put a stop to "a new phenomenon" that law enforcement officials call dangerous. Synthetic marijuana is sold as incense, but acts much like plant marijuana when used, and Rep.
February 27, 2011 - 3:27pm