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Meet the new Pet of the Week: Aurelia (w/video)
More snow, frigid temps on the way
Law enforcement blotter: Wednesday, Dec. 7
Mall evacuated after bomb threat; no bomb found
Minnesota hunter’s death being investigated as homicide
Catching those early-ice walleyes
From the stand: A good way to end it
Applications open for spring turkey's first two seasons
Morken: Some "hunters" don't represent hunting
Bucks on the ground
EDITORIAL: Many families are a hiccup away from disaster
LETTER: The theater, a place for progressive thought
LETTER: Theater has always been a place for social commentary
IN THE KNOW: It's Christmastime in the city
FROM THE ARCHIVES - 1966: 17th annual Jingle Bells has 15 performers
Making a new home
Alex Carpet One supports Building for America's Bravest
Knute Nelson Hospice delivers veteran-centric care
ATCC, area businesses host annual tour days
Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale to close at year's end
hires and promotions
On The Street
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
May 17, 2013
Editorial - Government trampled on First Amendment in seizing phone records
Editor's note: This week, stories have appeared in major publications about the U.S. Justice Department secretly obtaining two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for the Associated Press (AP). In all, the government seized records for more than 20 separate phone...
May 17, 2013 - 12:00am
May 10, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - May 10, 2013
MERGING MISTAKE Thumbs Down: Drivers are still failing to grasp the concept of the "zipper merge," even though it was introduced by the Minnesota Department of Transportation more than 10 years ago. It's used in work zones, such as along Interstate 94 right now between St. Cloud...
May 10, 2013 - 12:00am
May 8, 2013
Editorial - Hey, graduates: How 'money smart' are you?
You've heard of being "book smart" and "street smart" but how about "money smart?" When it comes to making financial decisions, many people are clueless. Some believe the whole topic is just too complicated to understand and give up before they start.
May 8, 2013 - 12:00am
May 3, 2013
Editorial - You can help make the world free of MS
Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. Douglas County residents can play a part to make sure it doesn't. The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Upper Midwest Chapter will hold "Walk MS: Alexandria" on Sunday, May 5. More than 150 walkers are expected to come out and...
May 3, 2013 - 12:00am
May 1, 2013
Editorial - Small companies, big impact
Douglas County is very fortunate to have a solid base of large, local manufacturing companies that provide jobs, add to the area's reputation as a vibrant regional hub and support many local causes and organizations. It'd be hard to imagine where the county would be without their...
May 1, 2013 - 12:00am