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Council considers ban on vaping
County out to find source of Lake Ida problems
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Evansville man pleads not guilty to drug, property crimes
Law Enforcement Blotter: Thursday, October 19
Football: Panthers lose final regular season game
Alex swimming: Youth movement taking shape
Morken: Breaking down the area section football fields
Football: Lakers ready for playoffs after taking care of Benson
Football scores from Wednesday, Oct. 18
Alexandrian named to '50 over 50' list of exceptional Minnesotans
Auditions begin for Andria Theatre's Mousetrap
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Homeless advocates praise movie opening Friday in Alexandria
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
Evangeline G. Ekdahl
Brian James Conn
Deloris A. Elmquist
Margaret Ann Steidl 'Peggy' Karnis
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
1967: Four rolls of toilet paper cost 39 cents
EDITORIAL: Is First Amendment disgusting?
Going far with 4-H horses
4-H dogs and young handlers take home awards
Putting your garden to bed
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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Three Bello Cucina locations for sale, including Alexandria
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October 6, 2010
Editorial - Rise and shine, voters, Election Day is near
If there's an alarm clock to wake up voters to the election, it would be ringing now. Election Day, November 2, is less than one month away. Unfortunately, it can get a little confusing trying to keep track of all the races and who is running for what, let alone how they stand on...
October 6, 2010 - 12:00am
September 23, 2010
Guest editorial: Health care reform still needs work
Starting today, a sweeping number of provisions of Congress' health care reform act, the Affordable Care Act, begin to take effect. They are broad, consumer-friendly provisions that will help extend health care coverage to more Americans and deny efforts to take that coverage away. Provisions...
September 23, 2010 - 7:02am
Bemidji Pioneer Editorial: Preventing future oil spills again
It may be years before the full extent of damage will be known from the BP oil spill in the Gulf. It is a delicate ecosystem, one in which oil plumes 10 miles long by 3 miles wide do not belong. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil continue to flow from the broken oil well on...
May 23, 2010 - 12:31pm
April 22, 2010
Bemidji Pioneer Editorial: Cut pay to Congress by 5 percent
(Editor's note: The following editorial appeared in the Bemidji Pioneer today. The Pioneer and the Echo Press are owned by Forum Communications Company.) They say, "what's good for the goose is good for the gander." That should be the case of our representatives in Congress -- both...
April 22, 2010 - 12:12pm
November 29, 2009
Editorial: H1N1 flu threat is far from ending
Editor's note: This editorial was printed in the West Central Tribune on November 21. There are positive reports this week the H1N1 novel influenza outbreak is easing somewhat across Minnesota and the rest of the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday...
November 29, 2009 - 12:08pm
November 11, 2009
Editorial - Veterans deserve our respect and acknowledgment
You're 19 years old, in a strange place, surrounded by people you barely know. It's cold, or maybe it's hotter than you could ever imagine and you're shaking. Suddenly you hear gunfire. You try to block out your fear and do what you were trained to do. Basic seems so long ago. Something...
November 11, 2009 - 12:00am
June 26, 2009
Editorial - AIDS battle is far from over; here's how you can help
If you think AIDS is shrinking into the background, think again. It's still a serious health threat, cutting lives short and showing no signs of disappearing. A 2008 HIV Surveilance Report recently released by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) underscores that point. Reported...
June 26, 2009 - 12:00am
May 29, 2009
A Forum Editorial - Minnesota lawmakers pass the buck
How, you might ask, could Minnesota legislators meet for nearly five months and fail to come up with a budget for a state that is in financial crisis? Politics, that's how. The politics of a Republican governor with presidential ambitions and the politics of a Democratic legislative...
May 29, 2009 - 12:00am
May 1, 2009
Editorial - Newspapers play important role in society
By William C. Marcil, publisher, The Forum; CEO, Forum Communications Co. Who said newspapers are dinosaurs, extinct, obsolete? I don't think so. Newspapers today, both in print and online, have more readers than ever. This trend was again evident during recent Red River Valley...
May 1, 2009 - 12:00am
April 29, 2009
Editorial - New series designed to spark pride in community
Today the Echo Press is unveiling the first in an ongoing series of special news reports focusing on an aspect or subject that defines the word "community" in rural Minnesota. The project is a collaborative effort among newspapers in Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids, Morris,...
April 29, 2009 - 12:00am
April 24, 2009
Editorial - Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
THUMB CORRECTION Thumbs Up: One of our "thumbs down" in the last edition, "Hampering the Handicapped" went too far. We repeated a reader's complaint that there were no automatic doors at the Viking Plaza. That's incorrect. The mall does have automatic doors at some entry points into...
April 24, 2009 - 12:00am
April 22, 2009
Editorial - Don't write obituary for newspapers just yet
Representatives from the Echo Press, the Pope County Tribune and the Long Prairie Leader went on the KXRA radio program, "Open Line," last week with a simple, united message: Community newspapers are far from dead. There's no denying that newspapers of all sizes are going through...
April 22, 2009 - 12:00am
April 17, 2009
Editorial - Are you ready for motorcycle season?
The lure of the open road beckons this time of year for motorcycle riders. Cooped up for too long, they're itching to once again feel the wind on their face as they hit the highway with their bikes. But it's not all easy, breezy fun. Too many motorcyclists are injured and killed...
April 17, 2009 - 12:00am
April 15, 2009
Editorial - Lodging tax shift is a bad idea
Divide and conquer. That seems to be the hidden strategy behind a new plan the state Legislature is proposing that could change the way lodging tax funds are spent. Local governments are not happy campers right now - and rightly so. That's because the state keeps chipping away at...
April 15, 2009 - 12:00am
April 8, 2009
Editorial - Let lessons from flood linger on
The Douglas County community's response to the flooding in northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota has been nothing short of amazing. Volunteers and support have streamed in from local businesses like Tastefully Simple, H&R Block, Douglas Machine and others. Moe Township Community...
April 8, 2009 - 12:00am