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Princess Kay of the Milky Way crowned
Douglas County Hospital gets 'blue ribbon' for vaccination effort
Speaker: Officers are 'not normal; you're special'
Law enforcement blotter: Tuesday, August 23
Almost 1,000 gather in memory of slain 5-year-old Watkins girl
Sports schedule for Thursday, August 25
99 holes to celebrate 99 years
Fun meets a potential future in stock cars for many young go-kart drivers
Tweaks for progress: Shifted backfield, young line highlight B-E football
Following its headline year: Christensen steps in for Minnewaska football
Put the fun back in parenting
Walk raises awareness of congenital heart defects
AAHS students, alumni kick off Project 1440
Discovery Middle School hosts orientations, open house
Cunninghams win wing sauce contest
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
Engaged - Benning and Notch
Engaged - Butler and Joswiak
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Stringer full of walleyes
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
A big bass for Beau
William 'Bill' Bretz
Clara "Clair" A. Gustafson
Bernard "Bernie" V. Dulski
Arland E. Hirman
Roy A. Johnson
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
LETTER: All are born in spiritual darkness
From the archives - 1966: Six boxes of contest butter to be auctioned off at county fair
EDITORIAL: Small towns can have big problems
LETTER: The same old arguments against Christianity
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Beach named editor of Echo Press
New rules implemented for telemarketers
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
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
July 12, 2013
Editorial - Here's how to reduce your odds of getting in a motorcycle crash
It's time to sound an alert about motorcycle safety. Drivers need to start seeing motorcycles on the road and motorcyclists need to have the skills to reduce their chances of getting into a crash. According to information released this week by the Minnesota Department of Public...
July 12, 2013 - 12:00am
July 10, 2013
Editorial - Stay sharp this summer: Hit the trail
It happens every summer. Kids get bored and restless. They complain there's nothing to do. It's more than just mid-summer boredom. It can have lingering consequences. Studies show that if kids don't engage in educational activities during the summer, they suffer "brain drain" or...
July 10, 2013 - 12:00am
July 5, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - July 5, 2013
STUCK-UP TRAIL USERS Thumbs Down: Why are some people who use the Central Lakes Trail so grumpy and unfriendly? We emphasize the word "some" because there are many, many people on the trail who are friendly, smiling, welcoming and enjoying the day. And then there are a select few...
July 5, 2013 - 12:00am
July 2, 2013
Editorial - Teen suicide: too big of a problem to ignore
Teen depression and suicide is a touchy topic. It doesn't get talked about much until it's too late, after another young life is suddenly cut short. It needs to be addressed more. Parents need to know how to recognize the danger signs. Teens need to know they are not alone, that...
July 2, 2013 - 12:00am
June 28, 2013
Editorial - Remember this when caring for your lawn
If you're using lawn and garden pesticides and fertilizers, make sure you are using them properly. More than your own property is at stake. They could impact neighboring properties, wetlands, watersheds and ultimately, our lakes and everything in them. The Minnesota Department of...
June 28, 2013 - 12:00am
June 26, 2013
Editorial - Don't let storm turn into a double whammy
With summer storms, comes damage. And with damage, comes repair - and shady characters that will try to rip you off with shoddy or uncompleted work. In the wake of last week's thunderstorms, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) is reminding homeowners to do their...
June 26, 2013 - 12:00am