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Broken Fiddle moves to bigger venue
Filings open for county, cities, school board
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Dixieland and gospel come to courthouse lawn
Pitino loves potential of this team as Gopher coaches visit Alexandria (W/video)
Tennis: Tech tops Cardinals in season-ending sweep
Softball: Chargers drop two in 6A playoffs
Roste transfers from the Gophers
Baseball: Osakis takes down Minnewaska in regular season finale
A big heart: Forada firefighter loved helping everyone
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Arnie & Linda Beulke
Anika Dale Wolfe
Wrapping up a memorable turkey season
A shiner shortage: Why the popular walleye bait is hard to find
Updated: Cool water temps make for a tough walleye bite on opener
Morken: Fishing by the numbers
Mike Frisch: Tips for the walleye opener
Laura Mae Toft
Delores (Flatebo) Ewing
Delores "Dee" Annethe Mrzena Holstad
Geraldine "Gerrie" May Russell (Hundley)
LETTER: Please stop the hate
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OUR TURN: Real solutions or more regulation?
LETTER: Imagine there's no freedom
LETTER: Tax cuts to rich expand national debt
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
New Starbucks coming to Alexandria
On The Street
Chamber Ambassadors recognize two local businesses
Economist: U.S. well positioned
Most on board with new hospital name
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May 18, 2013
Studies show unregulated chemicals widespread in lakes, rivers
Two studies released this week by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) confirm that a wide variety of unregulated chemicals are ending up in Minnesota's lakes and rivers. The chemicals, including pharmaceuticals and personal care products, are of concern because many have...
May 18, 2013 - 9:06am
May 13, 2013
Bill establishes solar energy standards in Minnesota
The Minnesota Senate passed clean energy and jobs legislation Friday that establishes a solar energy standard of 1 percent by 2025. The bill - which will create jobs in the state and will make solar energy more affordable and more accessible for all Minnesotans - passed the Senate...
May 13, 2013 - 9:18am
April 28, 2013
Soil and water conservation efforts take spotlight
It is no secret that natural resources are a big part of what makes living in Minnesota special. Throughout the state, Minnesotans have access to miles of rivers and streams, plentiful lakes and abundant soil resources. During the week of April 28 - May 3, 2013, the Minnesota Board...
April 28, 2013 - 10:42am
April 21, 2013
Are Minnesotans using too much water? Report provides insights
Are Minnesotans overusing groundwater in ways that could leave us short of water - for human needs and for the environment - in the future? The short answer to that question is: Yes, in some places across the state. A new Freshwater Society Report estimates that total reported groundwater...
April 21, 2013 - 11:15am
April 20, 2013
Driveways, sealcoating and Earth Day: Key things to consider
As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, you might ask yourself, "What can I do to protect the environment?" Any time you're doing things around the house is a good time to ask whether there's a safer alternative. Consider your driveway. As the snow and ice melts and...
April 20, 2013 - 11:10am
March 22, 2013
Senator Westrom to help decide funding for environmental projects
State Senator Torrey Westrom was recently appointed to the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) by Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. The purpose of LCCMR is to make funding recommendations to the Legislature for specific environment and natural resource projects....
March 22, 2013 - 12:00am
March 6, 2013
Environmental health moves to services center
After operating for the past one and a half years from a temporary location at 1500 Irving Street, Douglas and Pope Counties Environmental Health will move back to the recently remodeled location at the Douglas County Services Center, 725 Elm Street, Alexandria.
March 6, 2013 - 12:00am
February 26, 2013
Listening session in St. Cloud to focus on new ag water quality program
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will hold a listening session in St. Cloud on Thursday, February 28, to gather input on the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. The new program has been in development over the past year and is designed to accelerate...
February 26, 2013 - 6:41pm
February 18, 2013
MPCA praises power utilities for dramatic mercury emissions
Ninety percent of the atmospheric mercury that falls into Minnesota lakes and streams and makes fish unsafe to eat comes from outside of the state.
February 18, 2013 - 11:30am
February 16, 2013
Ag commissioner seeks recommendations for new water quality pilot projects
Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson is seeking recommendations for pilot project watershed areas for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). The program is designed to accelerate voluntary adoption of agricultural practices that enhance...
February 16, 2013 - 3:45pm
February 10, 2013
Program helps property owners clean up polluted land
For 25 years, Minnesota's petroleum remediation programs have provided assistance and partial funding for businesses, schools, farmers and homeowners who are responsible for cleaning up property contaminated by petroleum tank leaks. These leaks are a liability for property owners...
February 10, 2013 - 9:15am
February 7, 2013
Public forum will examine ways of protecting drinking water sources
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Program will hold a public advisory forum February 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at MDH's Snelling Office Park location (1645 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul). The forum is open to anyone concerned...
February 7, 2013 - 2:05pm
February 3, 2013
DNR state parks help reduce carbon footprint
Several Minnesota state parks are replacing old gas guzzlers with electric cars, installing solar panels that help generate electricity for many of its park buildings and visitor centers and rehabbing those buildings to use less energy.
February 3, 2013 - 12:38pm
Minnesota on track to meet renewable energy standards
All 16 of the utilities subject to the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard have demonstrated compliance with the 2011 requirements and are on track to comply with 2012 goals, according to a report released this month by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. The...
February 3, 2013 - 10:09am
January 10, 2013
Morris company reaches emissions agreement with MPCA
In an agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Superior Industries of Morris has taken corrective actions to protect the environment from excessive air pollutant emissions from its operations. In December 2010, the MPCA received reports from Superior Industries...
January 10, 2013 - 8:40am