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Two people rescued from Lake Ida
Speed limits to increase on Highways 27, 114
One person injured in semi, SUV crash in Otter Tail County
Updated: Two people rescued from Lake Ida
Minnesota leaders look for ways to reduce health insurance premiums and 'reinsurance' may help
Boys basketball: Savageau's big day helps Osakis edge B-E
Basketball scores from Friday, Jan. 20
Wrestling: Braves get past Minnewaska in dual
Wrestling: Knights sweep three at KMS duals
Blizzard hockey: New Ulm rolls over Alex at the RCC
Fathers and daughters invited to Big Ole – Little Lena Ball
Zion Lutheran School celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week
Faith Column: The Sunday after and the days ahead
Compassion Center to host GriefShare
A peach of a show
Engaged - Christopherson and Dalluge
Engaged - Freier and Christopherson
Births - Jan. 13, 2017
Engaged - Fischer and Teague
Morken: Step up and take part in deer management
Perch: A top winter attraction
Locals catch big bull redfish near South Padre Island
Morken: One final lesson as another season slips away
PF release: New Continuous CRP SAFE acres started Jan. 1
Hazel I. Kleven
Lisa M. Neubauer
Byron S. Gunderson
John Lawrence Davis
William "Bill" Bahe
IT'S OUR TURN: Tough choices on sex abuse story
LETTER: Need better service on CR82
LETTER: Give Trump a chance
LETTER: Rare, unique opportunity
LETTER: Douglas County's child abuse rate is double statewide rate
Farmland rental rates dropping overall
Selecting seed for your garden
Cow/Calf Days Seminar Tour coming to the area
Irrigation Clinic to be held in Parkers Prairie
Winter Garden College: Tools to tackle yard and garden problems
KOOL-TV adds local weekend show
New specialty-trained orthopedic surgeon available in Alexandria
Operation Round Up grants awarded to 14 organizations
Osakis distillery plans cocktail room
Viking Savings Bank to rebrand with move to new location
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On The Street
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
'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
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
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
February 7, 2011
Meth investigation leads to two arrests in Elbow Lake Friday
Two suspects were arrested in Elbow Lake Friday and face burglary and meth-related charges. The suspects are Richard John Jacobs, 36, of Hoffman and Petina Sheri Kenoyer, 36, of Elbow Lake. The West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension,...
February 7, 2011 - 9:04am
January 29, 2011
Franken introduces bill to cut prescription drug costs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) has introduced the Prescription Drug and Health Improvement Act to cut prescription drug costs for seniors in Minnesota and across the country by allowing the federal government to negotiate lower prices for Medicare beneficiaries....
January 29, 2011 - 12:40pm