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County out to find source of Lake Ida problems
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Football: Panthers lose final regular season game
Alex swimming: Youth movement taking shape
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Alexandrian named to '50 over 50' list of exceptional Minnesotans
Auditions begin for Andria Theatre's Mousetrap
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Jerome & Irene Hagen
Gene & Mary
Pheasant opener: Better than numbers might indicate
Region 9 hosts snowmobilers fall workshop
Jackson's first hunt success
Jennie Lake re-established as a waterfowl refuge
Morken: Trying to master scent control
Dorothy Elizabeth Trousil
Evangeline G. Ekdahl
Brian James Conn
Deloris A. Elmquist
COMMENTARY: Mentally ill fall through the cracks
LETTER: Protesting is an American right
LETTER: Don't blame ER for mental illness care
LETTER: City plans for next five to 50 years
LETTER: Look inward and listen in discussing racism
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4-H dogs and young handlers take home awards
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Palmer amaranth crops up in Todd County
Farmer deadlines approaching
New Bethany owners envision upgrades
Small change adds up for youth groups
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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
January 19, 2011
Editorial - You can help turn the tide against zebra mussel invasion
News that zebra mussels were found in Lake Victoria isn't all that shocking. Because the mussels were found in other lakes on the chain, many thought it would only be a matter of time before this threat deepened its invasion. It shouldn't be that way. Now is not the time for complacency. It's...
January 19, 2011 - 12:00am
December 9, 2010
Bemidji Pioneer Editorial: Dayton asks cooperation, not gridlock
It was a somber former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton who took to the podium on Wednesday afternoon to make his first remarks as governor-elect of Minnesota.
December 9, 2010 - 9:49am