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Law enforcement blotter: Wednesday, August 24
Princess Kay of the Milky Way crowned
Douglas County Hospital gets 'blue ribbon' for vaccination effort
Speaker: Officers are 'not normal; you're special'
Law enforcement blotter: Tuesday, August 23
Osakis tennis runners-up at Highway 10 Open
Sports schedule for Thursday, August 25
99 holes to celebrate 99 years
Fun meets a potential future in stock cars for many young go-kart drivers
Tweaks for progress: Shifted backfield, young line highlight B-E football
Put the fun back in parenting
Walk raises awareness of congenital heart defects
AAHS students, alumni kick off Project 1440
Discovery Middle School hosts orientations, open house
Cunninghams win wing sauce contest
Engaged - Hanson and Lund
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
Engaged - Benning and Notch
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Stringer full of walleyes
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
A big bass for Beau
Carol J. Hansen
William 'Bill' Bretz
Clara "Clair" A. Gustafson
Bernard "Bernie" V. Dulski
Arland E. Hirman
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
LETTER: All are born in spiritual darkness
From the archives - 1966: Six boxes of contest butter to be auctioned off at county fair
EDITORIAL: Small towns can have big problems
LETTER: The same old arguments against Christianity
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Beach named editor of Echo Press
New rules implemented for telemarketers
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
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
May 28, 2012
Know when to evacuate during severe weather
CenterPoint Energy would like to remind the public of important natural gas safety tips to follow when there is severe weather. "Knowing how to respond to an emergency and planning ahead of a storm can make all the difference in the aftermath of severe weather," said Dean Headlee,...
May 28, 2012 - 10:59am