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RibFest helps bring the lakes back to life
History Live! under way at Runestone Museum
Alexandria man suspected of supplying heroin in Fergus Falls overdose case
Vandals smash sinks at Alexandria park
Legion baseball: Alexandria puts school season behind it to focus on a fifth run to Legion state
Legion baseball: Seven late runs lead Glenwood past Osakis
SUPing off the beaten path
A chance to ride
Bursting onto the scene: Alex eighth-grader finishes off impressive trap season with big final shoot
Mikkelson to host citywide prayer gathering
First Lutheran welcomes new pastor
#ProsperityHabit brings color to art exhibit
The Jolly Zuks bring polka to concert on the lawn
Anthony Miltich and Friends kick off celebration
Kristin Rose Elmer of Duluth and Nathaniel Thomas Vetter of Prior Lake announce their engagement.
Births - June 17, 2016
Engaged - Shimota and Holm
Engaged - Doty and Johnson
Births - June 10, 2016
Alex's John and Drake Herd pull out top prize at Lake Osakis Walleye Tournament
One for the wall
Walgrave's big day
Mickelson's big pike
Reducing some rough fish
Sandra Rae Hinderschied
Inez Trueman (Gandrud)
Duane A. Wagner
David Steve Edmunds
COMMENTARY: What the new SAT really means for teachers and parents
COMMENTARY: Safe at Home can help victims of domestic violence
LETTER: Can constitutional government survive?
COMMENTARY: What it takes to be an effective citizen
LETTER: Let’s be Douglas County nice
Value added producer grants available
How to plant a tree
Producers should file crop certification report
Local work meeting scheduled in Douglas County
Gardening tips: Add sparkle to your landscape
Golfers raise $17,000 in support of United Way
First Security Bank awards student scholarships
Better Business Bureau hopes to mute speaker scam
Servpro opens doors to local area
K-LAKES Radio hits the airwaves
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
June 8, 2016
Westrom supports 'tiny houses' for elderly
The Minnesota Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation on May 2 authorizing the use and zoning of “tiny homes” as a housing option for the elderly, disabled, and those nearing the end of life. Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, was a strong advocate of the measure and praised...
June 8, 2016 - 12:00am
Your legal rights: Protect your personal information from marketers
Seniors citizens often receive mail that asks for their personal information in exchange for details about life insurance, funeral expense benefits or supplemental Medicare benefits. Once seniors provide their information, they are sometimes flooded with mailed solicitations or hounded...
June 8, 2016 - 12:00am
May 11, 2016
Don't fall for sweepstakes phone scam
If you get a call saying that you won a big prize but you have to pay the taxes, don’t fall for it. In the past week, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has received several fraud/scam complaints. In all the complaints, the reporting party stated they received a phone call from...
May 11, 2016 - 12:00am
April 8, 2016
New scam targets elderly, taxi companies
On April 4, the Alexandria Police Department (APD) received a call from a taxi cab company advising of a suspicious telephone call involving an elderly resident and a possible scam. The suspect contacted the taxi company asking for a taxi to be sent to the elderly victim’s residence....
April 8, 2016 - 12:00am
April 6, 2016
New scam targets elderly, taxi companies
On April 4th, the Alexandria Police Department (APD) received a call from a taxi cab company advising of a suspicious telephone call involving an elderly resident and a possible scam. The suspect contacted the taxi company asking for a taxi to be sent to the elderly victim’s residence....
News / state
April 6, 2016 - 1:14pm
March 23, 2016
Idea would help elderly, disabled
Minnesota’s elderly population is beginning to boom, and some Minnesota lawmakers say the state is late in making sure there is funding to...
March 23, 2016 - 12:00am
March 5, 2016
Dedicated funding sought for Minnesota elderly care
By Don Davis, Forum News Service Minnesota's elderly population is beginning to boom, and some Minnesota lawmakers say the state is late in making...
March 5, 2016 - 1:00pm
July 13, 2013
Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
Summer often brings excessive heat, which can lead to heat-related problems caused by hyperthermia, an abnormally high body temperature. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and are at high risk for heat-related death....
July 13, 2013 - 12:23pm
March 27, 2013
Are your parents ready for assisted living?
I get asked this question all the time: How do you know when it is time for your parents to move? Making this decision can be difficult for the whole family and the answer to this question is different for every family. Moving to an assisted living facility can be as hard for the...
March 27, 2013 - 12:00am
January 25, 2013
Minnesotans plan ahead for long-term care
Minnesotans' biggest concern about their retirement years is losing health and needing care, according to results of the 2012 State Fair Survey of Retirement and Long-term Care. A large share of the 2,400 survey respondents also said they did not know how they would pay for long-term...
January 25, 2013 - 12:00am
December 10, 2012
State improves website that grades nursing homes
A more user-friendly Nursing Home Report Card with more detailed information on Minnesota nursing facilities has been introduced by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health. The Nursing Home Report Card, at nhreportcard.dhs.mn.gov, helps consumers...
December 10, 2012 - 9:33am
November 18, 2012
Ten holiday warning signs seniors need help
The holiday season may be one of the few times local families get together and realize their elderly loved ones are in deep trouble and need immediate help. Adult children who don't live nearby often come home to holiday heartbreak with deteriorating relatives they aren't prepared...
News / senior
November 18, 2012 - 11:22am
October 24, 2012
What to do when your parents refuse help
Does your elderly mother live alone? Have you noticed that she seems to be having trouble paying bills? Is her home cluttered? Has she forgotten to take her medications? You can see that she needs help but every time you bring it up, she either changes the subject, offers a reason...
Life / senior
October 24, 2012 - 12:00am
August 25, 2012
New tool helps older drivers assess sensitive question
The National Institutes of Health recently unveiled a new online resource for older drivers and families seeking information on an often sensitive topic: Is it still safe to drive? Developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH and the U.S. Department of Transportation's...
August 25, 2012 - 11:08am
October 18, 2010
State health officials confirm flu death in elderly woman
State health officials are bracing for what they say could be a difficult year for the elderly in coping with influenza. A woman in her 80s from southeastern Minnesota died last week from complications due to influenza. The Minnesota Department of Health Public Health Laboratory...
October 18, 2010 - 11:07am