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Sheriff's employees get leadership training
County drops idea to stop employees from talking to media w/video
Tennis: Cardinals off to a quick start
Softball: WCA takes season opener over Browerville
Trap shooting: B-E looks for a return to state
Yohnke getting offers from DI programs
Shooting for big things: Alexandria trap ready to compete in a competitive field
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
Steve and Karen Samek
Morken: A few tips for gaining hunting permission
CRP cap to rise in House version of 2018 federal Farm Bill
From sap to syrup
Public comment meeting on deer plan coming to Glenwood
Morken: What survey numbers tell us about the future of conservation
Edward "Ed" Bitzan
Richard Millard Ohlsen
Robert F. Kane
Mildred A. Schroeder
LETTER: The Evangelical death spiral
LETTER: Thanking those who care for our youngest
LETTER: What are commissioners hiding?
EDITORIAL: County board misses chance to be upfront
OUR TURN: Don't slam community theater
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
Herberger's to close soon
Spring brings excitement, optimism
Parent company of Herberger's could be headed for liquidation
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May 15, 2013
Editorial - Attitudes toward mental illnesses need to change
Millions of Americans are dealing with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder and other illnesses. It's difficult enough to cope with those problems, seek treatment and try to get on the road to recovery, but other factors make...
May 15, 2013 - 12:00am
January 18, 2013
It's Our Turn: Highs and lows of a half-marathon
Can something be exhausting and exhilarating at the same time? Frustrating yet fulfilling? Puff you up with pride while deflating you with defeat? Yes....
January 18, 2013 - 12:00am
February 8, 2012
Editorial - Stop Medicare scammers by hanging up
Have you received a call lately from someone asking you about Medicare, Social Security or supplemental insurance? Beware. It could be a scam. The caller may be trying to trick you into disclosing private financial information. The Minnesota Attorney General's Office recently issued...
February 8, 2012 - 12:00am
January 25, 2012
Editorial - Facts to ponder before driving away
If you're not buckling up each and every time you get inside a vehicle, consider this: Eight of Minnesota's first 10 motorists who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2012 were not wearing a seat belt, according to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)...
January 25, 2012 - 12:00am
January 13, 2012
Thumbs Up and Down - Views by the Echo Press January 13
On thin ice Thumbs Down: Those going out on the ice should be very careful out there and know exactly what they're getting into. Because of the unseasonably warm weather we've been having - temperatures were 10 degrees warmer than normal in December - open water and weak ice conditions...
January 13, 2012 - 12:00am
August 17, 2011
Editorial - Ten reasons to subscribe to the paper
Why should I subscribe to the newspaper when I can go to its website and get the news? That's a question we hear time and time again and while we appreciate the visits to our website, there are still plenty of reasons to get the printed version of the paper. Here are 10: 1. Anywhere...
August 17, 2011 - 7:50am
April 15, 2011
New 'texting' ads bring home a powerful message
The idea of a fatal crash victim texting from a body bag isn't funny - but it does deliver a powerful lesson as to just how dangerous it is to text while you're driving. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) began airing TV spots this week containing those images in advance...
April 15, 2011 - 12:00am
April 13, 2011
Guest Editorial - Politics trumps efforts to protect our children
On a party line vote, with most Republicans voting no, an amendment to the K-12 education budget bill that would strengthen anti-bullying laws was defeated in the Minnesota State Senate last week. The amendment would require school districts to train staff to specifically prevent...
April 13, 2011 - 12:00am
March 25, 2011
Editorial - Thumbs Up/Down
Christian love in action Thumbs Up: Churches in Alexandria, as well as others in the community, came together after the sudden death of Pastor Sherry Billberg at her home on March 3. Although she served as a Lutheran pastor, her funeral was held in the spacious sanctuary of St. Mary's...
March 25, 2011 - 12:00am
March 23, 2011
Editorial - Public notices belong in newspapers
In an effort to cut costs, some school boards, county boards and city councils in Minnesota are pressuring legislators to allow them to put public notices on their own websites instead of paying to print them in a newspaper. This would be a huge disservice to the public. Public...
March 23, 2011 - 12:00am
March 18, 2011
Editorial - Legislature should consider tax study in tackling deficit
Are you paying your fair share of taxes? If you're in the middle and lower income bracket, the answer is yes. If you're making more money than most people in Minnesota - a household income of more than $130,000 - the answer is no. At least that's what can be gleaned from the Minnesota...
March 18, 2011 - 12:00am
March 16, 2011
Editorial - Farmers take deserved turn in the spotlight
Imagine feeding not just your family but 144 hungry people every day. American farmers don't have to imagine it. They're doing it. And this week is their turn to take a much-deserved spotlight. Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed March 13-19 as Minnesota Agriculture Week. The designation...
March 16, 2011 - 12:00am
March 11, 2011
Thumbs Up - Thumbs Down
Cutting back on the arts Thumbs Down: Cut the arts. That's a common reaction to dealing with the kind of budget mess Minnesota finds itself in. But thinking of the arts as some kind of extravagant luxury is a wrong-headed approach. Arts not only provide entertainment and culture,...
March 11, 2011 - 12:00am
March 9, 2011
Editorial - Are you prepared for these five retirement challenges?
It's out there, waiting. It's maybe a little hazy right now but with each passing year, it gets a little clearer. Retirement. How prepared are you? Will you have enough set aside to add luster to your golden years? Planning for retirement is a big challenge, especially in today's...
March 9, 2011 - 12:00am
March 2, 2011
Editorial - Move over for troopers; lives are on the line
Eight State Patrol troopers were hit while they were working the roads during a three-day period last week. That's not just a statistic; eight lives were on the line. So far this winter, a total of 31 troopers have been struck by other vehicles - a big upswing to the 13 who were...
March 2, 2011 - 12:00am