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Viking stadium finished ahead of schedule
How will Clinton-Trump race affect state elections?
Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum undergoes name change
Nine salmonella cases linked to newly hatched poultry
No special session in sight
Tops among nation's youth: 11-year-old Sladek wins at Illinois golf tourney
15U Babe Ruth: Pitching committee leads Osakis past Long Prairie
Girls track: Alex's historic season honored
Track: Osakis programs chock-full of honorees
Softball: Alex recognizes state tourney run
Paint your world purple
'River' presents a tribute to female songwriters
Fourth of July, Lightning Creek concerts set for next week
The Fourth of July: The price of freedom
Engaged - Berglin and Wood
Births - June 21-27, 2016
Engaged - Dahlquist and Ripley
Births - June 17, 2016
Kristin Rose Elmer of Duluth and Nathaniel Thomas Vetter of Prior Lake announce their engagement.
Mike Frisch: Planer boards for more fish this summer
A final shot at state
Alex's John and Drake Herd pull out top prize at Lake Osakis Walleye Tournament
One for the wall
Walgrave's big day
Warren V. Meissner
Elizabeth J. Heegaard
Keith Dale McCoy
Robert "Bob" Carlisle
James "Jim" Dittberner
LETTER: Why steal flowers from graves?
LETTER: Performance brought standing ovation
LETTER: Let the truth be known
COMMENTARY: Bridges, not walls, foster peace and security as refugees arrive
COMMENTARY: Celebrate our independence this Fourth of July
GARDENING TIPS: Plant a Patriotic Centerpiece for the Fourth of July
FSA county committee nomination period is open
Producers should file crop certification report
Value added producer grants available
How to plant a tree
Fischer named executive director at Ecumen Bethany Community
Echo Press earns five awards in national contest
First Security Bank awards student scholarships
Better Business Bureau hopes to mute speaker scam
Golfers raise $17,000 in support of United Way
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,...
opinion / letters
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...
News / state
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