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Update: Downpour causes flooding but minimal damage
UPDATE: Drowning victim was a boat mechanic with 'a huge heart'
Motorcycle run to raise awareness of mental illness
Law enforcement blotter: Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28
Man arrested after shots fired at Spicer Zorbaz
Girls tennis: Landmark wins fuel Cards' undefeated start
Viking Speedway: Thoennes holds off Zach Johnson as curfew ends things early
Volleyball: Osakis goes 2-2 at Albany Tournament
Sports schedule for Saturday, August 27
Girls tennis: Osakis ties for seventh at Delano tourney
Underwater Art: Decoys on display in Evansville
Robby Vee finishes out summer concert series
Harper's Chord comes to Carlos Creek Winery
Alpha Course teaches basics of faith
Strive to be a foundation for others
Births - Aug. 26, 2016
Engaged - Hanson and Lund
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
Youth Day draws a huge crowd again
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Stringer full of walleyes
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
Brandon D. Randt
Myrtle Annette McKay
COMMENTARY: What they're fighting over
COMMENTARY: Clean Power Plan will penalize Minnesota
IT'S OUR TURN: Recalling the dawn of the digital age; facing its challenges
EDITORIAL: Long wait for mental health care must be fixed
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
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
MMFCU concludes 60 Days of Giving campaign
Community solar program shining for REA
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
July 27, 2016
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
The Kalpin family of Miltona was named Douglas County's "2016 Farm Family of the Year" by the University of Minnesota. Don and Karla took over...
July 27, 2016 - 12:00am
July 13, 2016
Horticultural services available to local residents
The summer growing season is finally here, and the questions have started coming in droves. Between the phone calls, emails and walk-ins with garden samples, there is never a dull moment in the Extension office in the summer months. If you have a garden question, from plant/insect...
July 13, 2016 - 12:00am
July 6, 2016
Extension tests pressure canner gauges
The University of Minnesota Extension of Douglas County invites the public to bring in pressure canner gauges for home canners to be tested. Two basic types of canners are available: a dial gauge and a metal weighted gauge. Only the gauge is needed for testing. The canner that includes...
July 6, 2016 - 12:00am
June 1, 2016
Begonias are topic at gardening brown bag series
Did you know that begonias can be grown in sun or shade, in the ground or in pots? Did you know there is no need deadheading or special treatment? Learn all this and more at an informative gardening brown bag series on Tuesday, June 7 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Douglas County Library...
June 1, 2016 - 12:00am
May 11, 2016
Horticulture scholarship available to students
The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County are accepting applications for a $500 scholarship to be awarded this spring to a student pursuing or planning to pursue a career in horticulture or a horticulture related field. If interested, contact the University...
May 11, 2016 - 12:00am
April 15, 2016
Food safety certification, renewal courses offered
University of Minnesota Extension is offering two courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirement for certified food managers. The initial certification course, ServSafe, will be offered on Wednesday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Douglas County...
April 15, 2016 - 12:00am
April 13, 2016
Spring planted bulbs for summer blooms
I can’t imagine a garden without the lovely fragrance of acidanthera (peacock orchid). A type of gladiola, the acidanthera flower is a white bloom with a maroon blotchy center and, like the gladiola, is a summer bulb. Summer bulbs and tubers are planted after the last frost date,...
April 13, 2016 - 12:00am
March 9, 2016
Master Gardeners present Let's Get Growing workshop
University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County invite the public to the annual Let's Get Growing workshop on Saturday,...
March 9, 2016 - 12:00am
February 17, 2016
Winter Garden College returns to Douglas County
Are you looking for something garden related to fill the long, cold, winter hours? McLeod, Stearns and Douglas County Extension Offices might have the solution. The Winter Garden College returns to Douglas County on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Douglas County Extension meeting...
February 17, 2016 - 12:00am
January 6, 2016
Local Foods College to return to Alexandria
The locavore movement – in which people eat food produced near their home to reduce their carbon footprint – is getting more and more popular. From field to fork, the average dinner has traveled 1,500 miles. When you buy direct from local farmers, your dollars stay within your...
January 6, 2016 - 12:00am
December 30, 2015
2015 University of Minnesota Top 10 performing annuals
This was the summer of the annual on our farm! The lisianthus was spectacular, the Matthiola bloomed tall and straight, and even the zinnias strutted their stuff! Each year, hundreds of cultivars are trialed at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center...
December 30, 2015 - 12:00am
December 16, 2015
Holiday gifts for the constant gardener
Do you have an avid gardener on your Christmas list? Many local businesses carry items that would appeal to your gardening friends and relatives, including: hand tools, garden gadgets, house plants, bird feeders, books and natural soaps and lotions. So, in honor of your gardening...
December 16, 2015 - 12:00am
November 18, 2015
Workshop to detail houseplant care
Do you love houseplants but have difficulty keeping them healthy? Are your houseplants overgrowing their space? Are you not sure when to water or fertilize? If so, you are invited to a houseplant workshop taught by Robin Trott, University of Minnesota Extension horticulture educator,...
November 18, 2015 - 12:00am
November 11, 2015
Snow mold begins in autumn
Can we expect snow mold damage in our lawns next spring? The answer to this question is dependent on the snow and soil temperature conditions this fall and winter. Snow mold is common during years when an early, deep snow cover prevents the soil from freezing. As the snow begins...
November 11, 2015 - 12:00am
October 21, 2015
What is a fair farmland rental agreement?
Landlords, farmers and agri-business professionals are invited to attend one of two free informative meetings on Tuesday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Public Works Meeting Room, 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria. Pre-registration is not required. The meetings...
October 21, 2015 - 12:00am