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UPDATED: Victim identified in fire; smoke detectors helped children escape
Echo Press wins 17 awards in state newspaper contest
Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, Dec. 8
Local lawmakers want surplus used for health care, tax relief
Holiday Train to stop in Alexandria
Wrestling: Silverstreaks split at New London-Spicer Tri
Boys basketball: Lakers drop home opener in overtime loss
Boys basketball: Chargers roll to 2-0
Boys basketball: Turnovers haunt Ashby in home-opener
Gymnastics: Cardinals lose close one to Brainerd in home opener
Ernie Unruh Christian Service Award lunch rescheduled
Heaven's headlines are the ones that matter
Students test their knowledge in science fairs
Annual Jingle Bells Telethon is Dec. 10
Crockpot 'crocktails' on standby with or without alcohol
Births - Dec. 9, 2016
Butler and Joswiak
Wedding - Steinhagen and Sperl
Wedding - Cunningham and Thielke
Births - Nov. 25, 2016
Catching those early-ice walleyes
From the stand: A good way to end it
Applications open for spring turkey's first two seasons
Morken: Some "hunters" don't represent hunting
Bucks on the ground
Harriet M. Johnson
Christian "Christy" Lorsung
COMMENTARY: Take a look at how Minnesota turkeys are raised
LETTER: Fake news is form of terrorism
LETTER: Burden falling on younger generations
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
IT'S OUR TURN: 'Don't forget to remember'
Winter grazing of cover crops is subject of workshop
2016 University of Minnesota Top 10 performing annuals
Weak farm economy adds twists to rental negotiations
Producers encouraged to consider FSA options
Applications available for Conservation Stewardship Program
Making a new home
Alex Carpet One supports Building for America's Bravest
Knute Nelson Hospice delivers veteran-centric care
ATCC, area businesses host annual tour days
Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale to close at year's end
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Echo Press Editorials
July 1, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: Don’t let money doom your relationship
Money and love. Unfortunately, they clash all too often. It would be sad to add up how many promising relationships went down the tubes because of arguments over money. According to a Harris Interactive survey, money is the top reason for marital spats. So, how can couples avoid...
July 1, 2015 - 12:00am
June 19, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: Job surplus in Alexandria has impact
A story in today’s paper about a job surplus in the Alexandria area contains some eye-opening information. Employers, from fast food places and restaurants to bars and retail stores, find themselves in a bad situation right now – a lack of job applicants. Not just qualified applicants...
June 19, 2015 - 12:00am
June 10, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: An easy way to help birds, bees
If you own or manage land alongside a road or a highway, here’s something you can do for the birds and the bees: Delay your roadside mowing until the beginning of August. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is urging people to do that to protect habitat and help the struggling...
June 10, 2015 - 12:00am
June 5, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: 9 tips for handling door-to-door sales
It happens as soon as the weather starts getting warmer: solicitors stopping by your house, offering everything from asphalt services and frozen steaks to roof repairs and magazine subscriptions. These door-to-door solicitors, often from out of town, strike everywhere, including...
June 5, 2015 - 12:00am
May 27, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: Legislature fails to get job done – again
Another special session? Not again! That thought rang through many people’s minds when the Minnesota Legislature wrapped up its 2015 session last week with several key issues still on the table, including an education bill that was doomed to be vetoed by Governor Mark Dayton. We’ve...
May 27, 2015 - 12:00am
May 22, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: Are you forgetting something this Memorial Day?
It’s Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of the summer season, when our veterans get a well-deserved salute for sacrificing so much for our country, when the lakes start humming with activity, and when travelers hit the road for a long weekend get-away. It’s also a...
May 22, 2015 - 12:00am
May 20, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: Words matter while talking about mental illness
Oftentimes, it’s the little things than can help or hinder. Consider mental illness, which is a timely topic right now because of Mental Health Awareness Month. Without even realizing it, many people contribute to the problem by stereotyping those who are coping with a mental...
May 20, 2015 - 12:00am
May 8, 2015
Take a few seconds to learn about strokes
It happens to about 800,000 people in the U.S. every year, killing nearly 130,000 and leaving many more with a long road to recovery and the risk of diminished quality of life. We’re talking about stroke – a problem more people should be talking about and taking action against....
May 8, 2015 - 12:00am
May 6, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: Legislature needs to do more for Greater Minnesota
With less than two weeks left of the Minnesota legislative session, things aren’t looking the best for small communities in Greater Minnesota. Here’s a progress report on several key issues or programs: Local government aid (LGA). The governor is proposing no additional funding...
May 6, 2015 - 12:00am
April 29, 2015
Calendar ‘exploring’ wastes money
During last week’s Douglas County Board meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to spend $2,000 to explore the possibility of creating a countywide community calendar that would share information on events going on within the county. The same action was taken at the March 23 Alexandria...
April 29, 2015 - 12:00am
April 24, 2015
Are you ready, really ready, to launch?
With May on the horizon and nicer weather surely ahead, many are itching to get out boating. But there are things boaters should be thinking about now before hitting the water. They should be inspecting their boats and equipment to make sure they are in working order, as well as...
April 24, 2015 - 12:00am
April 22, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: Obsessing over weight can signal bigger problem
Does someone you know – your teenage child, a relative, a friend – obsess over how much they weigh, what their body looks like or what they eat? Or maybe that person is you. Those signs may indicate an eating disorder. Distorted views on body image can lead to disordered eating,...
April 22, 2015 - 12:00am
April 15, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: Minnesota’s children are in deep trouble
April 12-18 is “The Week of the Young Child,” an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Many of them could use some cheering up, or better yet, much-needed...
April 15, 2015 - 12:00am
April 10, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: Is your cell phone spying on you?
Are there spies lurking in your cell phone, watching your every move? It’s not much of an exaggeration. It’s happening with some of the popular apps that are out there. Consider the free apps that allow you to use your cell phone as a flashlight, for instance. Security experts...
April 10, 2015 - 12:00am
April 8, 2015
Echo Press Editorial: Budget proposal bodes well for outdoors, our area
Governor Mark Dayton’s budget contains good news for Minnesota’s outdoors enthusiasts. It also bodes well for Douglas County, with its hundreds of lakes and ample fishing and hunting opportunities. Dayton says his proposal would improve fisheries population surveys, create more...
April 8, 2015 - 12:00am