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Unique memorial honors vet: Flag disposal box set up in Lowry
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MNsure allows longer for people to enroll for health insurance
Woman dies after ATV goes through ice near Bemidji
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Sports scores from Saturday, Dec. 16
Basketball scores from Friday, Dec. 15
Boys basketball: Lakers run winning streak to five games
Blizzard hockey: Alexandria runs December winning streak to five games
Girls basketball: Second half propels Knights past Hancock
A space for young learners: Library exhibit combines science and art
One page at a time: Library can help you through the holidays
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
Serving up 'real food'
Helping African firefighters
From the stand: Adjusting to late season
New northern pike regulations coming in 2018
Extremely rare Canada lynx spotted in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest
Mike Frisch: Icing winter walleyes
Local hunters keep an eye on CWD developments
Luella "Lou" Geris
Barbara Ellen Merreighn Lommen
Monica Mary Baltes
Lou B. Geris
Kenneth "Fritz" Roy Dahlke
OUR TURN: Why is America getting less happy?
LETTER: Christmas spirit shines on through the night
LETTER: Selective TV remains a good value
LETTER: Community works together to help those in need
LETTER: An onslaught against Christian values
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
Pelican Lake wind turbine canceled by power co-op
Seeking top young professionals
ATCC Foundation honors 2017 philanthropists
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Bello Cucina abruptly closes doors for good
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December 15, 2017
EDITORIAL: Help put our lakes on low-salt diet
Are you putting our lakes in a pickle? Stop. The negative impact of too much salt getting into our lakes has been a hot news topic lately. And for good reason. It only takes a teaspoon of salt to permanently pollute five gallons of water, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control...
December 15, 2017 - 3:02pm
December 13, 2017
EDITORIAL: Area needs a homeless shelter
There are people in Douglas County with no place to call home. It's not just a "big city" problem and more needs to be done to address it. There should be places for the homeless to find a warm bed in Alexandria. No one should have to spend a cold winter's night in a car or "couch...
December 13, 2017 - 6:16am
December 7, 2017
EDITORIAL: Now is good time to talk about aging
As you're gathering with family members this holiday season, set aside some time to talk about an uncomfortable but important topic: Aging relatives who may need help dealing with their health and well-being.
December 7, 2017 - 11:12am
December 1, 2017
EDITORIAL: Here's how to beat the holiday blues
As the popular Andy Williams' Christmas song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." But not for everyone. The holiday season — from Thanksgiving to New Year's — can lead to clinical anxiety or depression. The condition, known as the "holiday blues," ranges all...
December 1, 2017 - 6:36pm
November 24, 2017
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
Tribute to Dan Ness
November 24, 2017 - 2:35pm
November 22, 2017
EDITORIAL: A good time to count your blessings
Beyond the turkey and the stuffing, Thanksgiving provides a time for reflection — an opportunity to count one's blessings and to express gratitude for the many things, big and small, that make life better. Here at the Echo Press we offer just a few items that we are grateful...
November 22, 2017 - 10:59am
August 14, 2013
Editorial - Scammers who prey on seniors need to be stopped
Nearly every week, we receive an e-mail, phone call or letter from an elderly person in Douglas County who has been targeted for some kind of scam. There's the "grandmother" scam where a caller poses as a grandson, asking for money to get out of an embarrassing jam. There's the...
August 14, 2013 - 12:00am
August 9, 2013
Editorial - It's time to celebrate, remember county fair
It's hard to tell where you're going tomorrow if you don't remember how you got to where you are today. In other words, history matters. It should be passed along, remembered, recorded and cherished. Even in today's nano-second, multi-platform world of shared information, there are...
August 9, 2013 - 12:00am
August 7, 2013
Guest Editorial - How to stop the next spike in gas prices
By U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota While the price of gas can change, the needs of Minnesotans stay the same. People still need to get to work, businesses still need to transport their goods to market and farmers still depend on diesel fuels to harvest their crops. Volatile...
August 7, 2013 - 12:00am
August 2, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - August 2, 2013
KINDNESS ON THE TRAIL Thumbs Up: Sherry Malcolm of Pittsboro, North Carolina found some kindness on the Central Lakes Trail while biking to Garfield this week. She had a blowout and the group she was with was deciding what to do when three women rode past. "Since we are from North...
August 2, 2013 - 12:00am
July 31, 2013
Editorial - Is nothing private anymore?
Privacy is fast becoming a relic of the past. Giant corporations, consumer monitoring companies and big government are all scrutinizing practically everything a person does these days, from making cell phone calls to sending e-mails to clicking on websites. Someone is watching, listening,...
July 31, 2013 - 12:00am
July 26, 2013
Editorial - Wheelage tax is painful but necessary
No one likes having to pay another tax. Things are hard enough out there. But Douglas County's decision to enact a $10 wheelage tax that will be added on to license tab fees is a good one. The money is needed to fix local roads and bridges that have been neglected for too long....
July 26, 2013 - 12:00am
July 24, 2013
Editorial - On the trail toward better health
A five-year anniversary was celebrated last Wednesday in Alexandria, one that marked a noteworthy goal: Encouraging people of all ages to get...
July 24, 2013 - 12:00am
July 19, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - July 19, 2013
POWER CREWS ROCK Thumbs Up: A line from a 1980s power rock ballad, "don't know what you got 'til it's gone," comes to mind in the aftermath of the bad storm that ripped through the area on June 21, leaving thousands of people without power. The outage impacted more than half of Runestone...
July 19, 2013 - 12:00am
July 17, 2013
Editorial - A budget may not be what you think it is
Quick quiz: What is a budget? A) A restriction on how you spend your money. B) A freedom that allows you to spend your money as you choose. A recent poll on the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) website revealed that 57 percent of respondents answered, "A." But,...
July 17, 2013 - 12:00am