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Local hunters keep an eye on CWD developments
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Five cases of CWD confirmed in southeastern Minnesota
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Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
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County crafting buffer compliance rules
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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
June 21, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - June 21, 2013
ROTARIANS AND HISTORIANS Thumbs Up: The Alexandria Rotary Club painted and trimmed a new garden shed at the Douglas County Historical Society last week. The DCHS applied for a grant of $4,500 to Rotary International to purchase the shed to store tools and other gardening paraphernalia,...
June 21, 2013 - 12:00am
June 19, 2013
Editorial - Senior Center needs new start, new director
The Alexandria Senior Center is in trouble. It needs the community's support and a fresh start to continue. Otherwise it will only be a matter of time before it will be forced to close. Its financial situation, at least for the moment, is bleak. Its 2013 budget projected an operating...
June 19, 2013 - 12:00am
June 14, 2013
Editorial - Fed up with caterpillars? Here's how to fight back
It's hard to like forest tent caterpillars. They can be a messy nuisance. They feed on the leaves of trees, and in rare instances, can weaken them enough to kill them. And their numbers are climbing. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects their population could be...
June 14, 2013 - 12:00am
June 12, 2013
Editorial - Make a difference on our roads
You see them from time to time, walking along the ditches, picking up trash and stuffing the junk into garbage bags that will be picked up later. But do you appreciate just how much of a difference these "Adopt a Highway" volunteers are making? These hard working volunteers clear...
June 12, 2013 - 12:00am
June 7, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - June 7, 2013
THIS SHOULD BE A HOT-BUTTON ISSUE Thumbs Down: Toward the end of the last legislative session, the Star Tribune shed light on a common practice among legislators that should come to a screeching halt: Representatives in the Minnesota House routinely allow another representative to...
June 7, 2013 - 12:00am
June 5, 2013
Guest Editorial - Small newspapers are a gift
Editor's note: The following guest editorial was written by Ed Henninger with Henninger Consulting in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Henninger worked with the Echo Press years ago on redesigning the newspaper. It's amazing what we can learn over the course of a career. So many people...
June 5, 2013 - 12:00am
May 31, 2013
Editorial - The lowest form of thievery strikes again
If thievery has a hierarchy, stealing flowers from a grave has to rank among the lowest. Yet it happens all too often. And right here, throughout...
May 31, 2013 - 12:00am
May 29, 2013
Editorial - Anglers contribute mightily to local economy
After one of the slowest starts in history, the fishing season in Douglas County is warming up. Although ice on the lakes on opening day kept many anglers away, water temperatures are rising and fishing is getting better. Our area is brimming with local fishermen who enjoy the hundreds...
May 29, 2013 - 12:00am
May 24, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - May 24, 2013
AWAKE THE LAKES FUN Thumbs Up: Are you ready for summer? Start the season off on a fun note by checking out the many Awake the Lakes events in Alexandria this weekend. We're lucky to have such a variety of ways to usher in summer.
May 24, 2013 - 12:00am
May 22, 2013
Editorial - A graphic reminder for summer drivers
The number of people who have died in motor vehicle crashes in Minnesota has topped 100 this year. At this rate, the Department of Public Safety projects that there will be around 400 killed by the end of year. That's why safety officials are urging drivers to buckle up as part...
May 22, 2013 - 12:00am