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Girls basketball: Defense leads B-E past Rothsay
Boys basketball: Wibstad hits game winner at Browerville
Blizzard hockey: Alexandria sweeps weekend with win over Granite City
Blizzard hockey: Scanlon sends Alexandria out a winner
Boys basketball: Johnsrud's 25 leads Lakers to 3-0
A space for young learners: Library exhibit combines science and art
One page at a time: Library can help you through the holidays
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
Helping African firefighters
Cross-country bicyclist to stop in Alexandria
Just for Kix hosts annual dance show
Extremely rare Canada lynx spotted in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest
Mike Frisch: Icing winter walleyes
Local hunters keep an eye on CWD developments
Morken: Make the most of this final month
Five cases of CWD confirmed in southeastern Minnesota
Dale E. Anderson
Terrance L. Koep
Earl D. Ihnen
Linda L. Moske
Our Turn: Echo Press saves taxpayers money
LETTER: Farm bill renewal is in sight
LETTER: Peterson should ignore bad advice
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
LETTER: Military requires harassment training
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
Bello Cucina abruptly closes doors for good
Dollar District closing Sunday, Nov. 26
On The Street
KCCO going away, but CBS signal may stay
Laven re-elected to the state chamber board
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June 15, 2017
Storm update: REA crews restore power for most members
As of 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, June 14, Runestone Electric Association crews had restored power to all its members with the exception of several accounts that experienced extensive storm damage. The association expects restoration of all members to be complete by this afternoon,...
June 15, 2017 - 8:43am
December 30, 2015
ALP rates not expected to increase next year
Customers of Alexandria Light and Power (ALP) Utilities will likely not experience a rate increase in their electric and water bills in 2016. The decision was made Dec. 21 with approval of the utilities' 2016 capital and operating budgets by the Board of Public Works. The water utility...
December 30, 2015 - 12:00am
September 12, 2014
Letter: It doesn't pay to be cheap
To the editor: It was heartening to learn in John Perino’s letter that ALP is “committed to doing its part to reduce emissions” and that ALP Utilities “works hard every day to provide affordable and reliable electricity” with environmental stewardship. His laments, however,...
September 12, 2014 - 12:00am
July 4, 2013
Eleven no-cost ways to beat the heat, conserve energy
There are many simple no-cost action steps you can take this summer to conserve energy and reduce your utility bills. The Minnesota Department of Commerce offers this list of ways to beat the heat and save money: --Close curtains and blinds and pull shades during the hottest times...
July 4, 2013 - 11:23am
June 24, 2013
Power restored to REA customers throughout Douglas County
After a very long weekend of storm clean-up and electrical repairs, power has been restored throughout Douglas County. After starting the weekend with more than 7,500 Runestone Electric Association (REA) members without power, nearly everyone's power was restored by 8 p.m. Sunday...
June 24, 2013 - 9:06am
May 16, 2013
Is your TV or computer sucking up too much energy?
Televisions, DVD players, and computers are common household devices that can use a lot of electricity, even when turned off. Some older TVs, for instance, can use up to 40 percent of the full "on" power when turned off, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce. It provided...
May 16, 2013 - 10:33am
April 22, 2013
Electricity, spring thaw don't mix, warns power company
Even though this spring's thaw has been slow in coming, Otter Tail Power Company reminds its customers and neighbors that electricity and water don't mix. Remember that the spring thaw can cause high water levels that can reduce line clearances, and that increases the potential...
April 22, 2013 - 2:48pm
March 29, 2013
Runestone electric reports $68 million in assets
Runestone Electric Association (REA) members and guests gathered Saturday, March 23 at Jefferson High School in Alexandria for the 77th annual meeting of the electric cooperative. During the business meeting, board president Audrey Hjelle and CEO Rick Banke gave reports on the activities...
March 29, 2013 - 12:00am
March 8, 2013
Smaller rate increases recommended for Xcel Energy
The Minnesota Department of Commerce Division of Energy Resources (DER) recommended the reduction of more than $191 million of the $285 million rate increase proposed by Xcel Energy for electric service in 2013, a reduction of 67 percent overall. Xcel provides electric service to...
March 8, 2013 - 12:00am
January 16, 2013
Operation Round Up awards 1,195 grants
Runestone Electric Association's Operation Round Up has distributed more than $624,000 in 1,195 grants to community-minded groups and organizations since its inception in 2003. The following area organizations shared $15,400 in grants from Operation Round Up. Fire departments/ first...
January 16, 2013 - 12:00am
December 31, 2012
Minnesota attorney general wants to end utilities' automatic temporary rate hikes
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, joined by Representative Debra Hilstrom and Senator Chris Eaton, renewed her call from three years ago for legislation that would end automatic interim rate hikes by public utilities, putting Minnesota in line with about 18 other states. Swanson...
December 31, 2012 - 9:37am
November 20, 2012
Otter Tail Power Company crews return from East Coast
Seventeen Otter Tail Power Company linemen, service representatives and mechanics returned from Huntington, New York, in three digger derricks, four bucket trucks, a mechanic repair truck and two pickups.
November 20, 2012 - 12:00am
September 28, 2012
Electrifying Minnesota On exhibit at Runestone Museum
In today's world, many people don't think a thing of flicking a switch and having the room instantly lit up. But imagine what it was like for...
September 28, 2012 - 12:00am
June 5, 2012
Power goes out in Alexandria for half-hour
Alexandria Light and Power (ALP) experienced a major power outage in the south and west portions of its service area today. The outage lasted abut a half hour before the power came back on at 1:15 p.m. The outage occurred at a major substation when a large transformer tripped out...
June 5, 2012 - 2:09pm
June 2, 2012
Otter Tail Power offers tips for keeping ahead of a storm
Summer storms can cause unpredictable electrical outages. To help its customers and neighbors prepare for severe summer weather, Otter Tail Power Company has storm readiness information posted on its web site, www.otpco.com. There they'll find suggestions for assembling a storm kit,...
June 2, 2012 - 1:51pm