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UPDATED: Victim identified in fire; smoke detectors helped children escape
Echo Press wins 17 awards in state newspaper contest
Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, Dec. 8
Local lawmakers want surplus used for health care, tax relief
Holiday Train to stop in Alexandria
Sports schedule for Saturday, Dec. 10
Sports schedule for Saturday, Dec. 10
Wrestling: Silverstreaks split at New London-Spicer Tri
Boys basketball: Lakers drop home opener in overtime loss
Boys basketball: Chargers roll to 2-0
Ernie Unruh Christian Service Award lunch rescheduled
Heaven's headlines are the ones that matter
Students test their knowledge in science fairs
Annual Jingle Bells Telethon is Dec. 10
Crockpot 'crocktails' on standby with or without alcohol
Births - Dec. 9, 2016
Butler and Joswiak
Wedding - Steinhagen and Sperl
Wedding - Cunningham and Thielke
Births - Nov. 25, 2016
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
Harriet M. Johnson
Christian "Christy" Lorsung
COMMENTARY: Take a look at how Minnesota turkeys are raised
LETTER: Fake news is form of terrorism
LETTER: Burden falling on younger generations
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IT'S OUR TURN: 'Don't forget to remember'
Winter grazing of cover crops is subject of workshop
2016 University of Minnesota Top 10 performing annuals
Weak farm economy adds twists to rental negotiations
Producers encouraged to consider FSA options
Applications available for Conservation Stewardship Program
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
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April 26, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - April 26, 2013
10 IMPORTANT WORDS FOR LEADERSHIP Thumbs Up: We came across this insightful piece about leadership in "The Walk The Talk" company newsletter: The 10 most important words on Leadership: "What can I do to help you be more successful?" The nine most important words: "I need you to do...
April 26, 2013 - 12:00am
April 24, 2013
Editorial - Senior numbers rising and so is risk for scams
Here's a fact to ponder from the Minnesota Department of Commerce: Within this decade, there will be more Minnesotans older than age 65 than children enrolled in our public schools. The point: Senior citizens across the country hold the majority of the nation's wealth and scam artists...
April 24, 2013 - 12:00am
April 19, 2013
Editorial - Horror, lies and resolve rise out of marathon
Of all the gripping details of the Boston Marathon bombings, one image is especially hard to shake. CNN reported it: "One man's legs were blown off, and he kept trying to stand up." As disturbing as it is, it encapsulizes the horror of that afternoon, how surreal things became, how...
April 19, 2013 - 12:00am
April 17, 2013
Editorial - Take Earth Day Challenge with these 10 steps
Sometimes an issue can seem so complex and all encompassing that people give up trying to do anything about it. "It's such a huge topic," the reasoning goes, what I do doesn't really matter." But it can matter, especially when enough hands join together in a common, united cause. Take...
April 17, 2013 - 12:00am
April 12, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - April 12, 2013
INTERNET TAX RULING Thumbs Up: The tide may be shifting to help local retailers who are on an unfair playing field with online-only companies...
April 12, 2013 - 12:00am
April 10, 2013
Editorial - Give troopers room to do their jobs
They're out there, doing their jobs, helping other people.
April 10, 2013 - 12:00am
April 5, 2013
Editorial - Don't give up fight against lake invaders
Editor's note: The following guest editorial is in the form of a letter that Robert E.
April 5, 2013 - 12:00am
April 3, 2013
Editorial - Here's how seniors can avoid pain, expense of a fall
It comes across the police scanners all too often: An elderly person has fallen and needs medical attention. It happens at all times of the year, ice or no ice. According to the statistics from the National Council on Aging, one in three senior citizens experiences a significant...
April 3, 2013 - 12:00am
March 29, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - March 29, 2013
INISGHTS INTO HEALTH CARE MESS Thumbs Up: If you want to get a clearer understanding of skyrocketing health care costs, be sure to check out the March 4 special report from Time magazine, "Why Medical Bills are Killing Us" by Steven Brill. The cover photo provides an inkling of the...
March 29, 2013 - 12:00am
March 27, 2013
Editorial - Prepare for motorcycle riding now
Even though spring still seems to be a mirage off in the distance, it will eventually get here. That means motorcyclists will finally be able to get their bikes out on the road. And that leads to danger. Last year, 53 riders were killed in Minnesota, a 26 percent increase from...
March 27, 2013 - 12:00am
March 22, 2013
Editorial - Farmers deserve thanks for keeping up with the times
What did you have to eat on Tuesday? It probably will take you a few minutes to recall everything on your plate and you'd likely miss a few things, but here's a certainty: Farmers had something to do with it. Now is a good time to remember and appreciate those who work so hard producing...
March 22, 2013 - 12:00am
March 20, 2013
Editorial - More open governments benefit us all
Editor's note: Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information, wrapped up Saturday. This editorial, written by Jim Lee, editor of The Carrol County Times in Maryland, makes the point that the media and...
March 20, 2013 - 12:00am
March 15, 2013
Thumbs Up/Down - March 15, 2013
BARB GROVER'S NEW BOOK Thumbs Up: For an absorbing read that contains fascinating insights into local history, pick up a copy of Barb Grover's book, Alexandria. It's the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. The book is filled with more than 200 vintage...
March 15, 2013 - 12:00am
March 13, 2013
Editorial - Do all you can to thwart identity thieves
A couple from Plymouth made the news last week after a judge awarded them $850,000 in damages against mortgage scammers who stole their identity, wrecked their credit rating, gutted their finances and turned their lives into a living nightmare. The sad part is, the couple will likely...
March 13, 2013 - 12:00am
March 8, 2013
Editorial - Tax on advertising is wrong approach
While we appreciate Governor Mark Dayton's willingness to put out a budget plan to address the state's financial troubles, we have serious concerns about one part of it: placing a new 5.5 percent tax on advertising. It's just not a good idea. No state currently applies a sales tax...
March 8, 2013 - 12:00am