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Big housing development seeks changes
WCI offers regional grants
For the record
Baseball: Chargers shutout Raiders, 13-0
Tennis: Cardinals off to a quick start
Softball: WCA takes season opener over Browerville
Trap shooting: B-E looks for a return to state
Yohnke getting offers from DI programs
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
Steve and Karen Samek
Morken: A few tips for gaining hunting permission
CRP cap to rise in House version of 2018 federal Farm Bill
From sap to syrup
Public comment meeting on deer plan coming to Glenwood
Morken: What survey numbers tell us about the future of conservation
David Leslie Lusty
Mildred A. Schroeder
Edward "Ed" Bitzan
LETTER: Switch to plant-based diet
LETTER: Douglas County Hospital has a secret
LETTER: Volunteers are vital part of Knute Nelson
LETTER: Some hate groups are in disguise
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
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
On The Street
Herberger's to close soon
Spring brings excitement, optimism
Parent company of Herberger's could be headed for liquidation
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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
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