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NA3HL: Blizzard slides into second place with OT win over Breezy Point
Girls Hockey: Ellingson scores four in win at Detroit Lakes
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
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COMMUNITY ED: Secure your memories in photographs
An artist's touch
COMMUNITY ED: Zumba combines fitness and dance
Engaged - Christopherson and Dalluge
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Births - Jan. 13, 2017
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Wedding - Hanson and Lund
Morken: Step up and take part in deer management
Perch: A top winter attraction
Locals catch big bull redfish near South Padre Island
Morken: One final lesson as another season slips away
PF release: New Continuous CRP SAFE acres started Jan. 1
Lisa M. Neubauer
Byron S. Gunderson
Keith D. Davis Jr.
EDITORIAL: When bad weather and fast drivers collide
LETTER: Use caution during Minnesota winters
FROM THE ARCHIVES - 1992: New Villard elementary school opens
LETTER: Restoring water quality on lakes is up to citizens
IN THE KNOW: FBI National Academy reinforced core beliefs
Farmland rental rates dropping overall
Selecting seed for your garden
Cow/Calf Days Seminar Tour coming to the area
Irrigation Clinic to be held in Parkers Prairie
Winter Garden College: Tools to tackle yard and garden problems
Osakis distillery plans cocktail room
Viking Savings Bank to rebrand with move to new location
2017 Alexandria Lakes Area Visitors Guide is now available
Stallman named WCI interim president
A fresh start for Alex Tailoring
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On The Street
May 15, 2013
Growing Green: Fascinating fragrances
From Victorian pocket melons to Thomas Jefferson's prized scented geraniums, fragrances have been a part of human culture for a very long time. Flowers have been shown to have positive effects on human emotions, and recent research has shown that fragrant flowers are a positive emotion...
May 15, 2013 - 12:00am
May 8, 2013
Growing Green: Don't start lawn, garden work if it's muddy
With this later than normal spring, gardeners are just itching to get out and...what else? Garden. These warm, sunny days amplify my dreary winter lawn crying for attention, and it is all I can do to keep from grabbing my rake. If you are also tempted to get started on your lawn,...
May 8, 2013 - 12:00am
May 1, 2013
Growing Green: Designing gardens under trees
I have had many questions regarding planting gardens around trees. The deep shade under many trees prohibits grass from growing, leaving unsightly bare patches and exposed roots. Many of you prefer something other than this eyesore and hope to plant shade plants where grass won't...
May 1, 2013 - 12:00am
April 24, 2013
Growing Green: Healthy soil, healthy plants
Yesterday, the redwing blackbirds made their annual return to the trees surrounding my home, sending my puppy into insane barking, jumping, and twirling fits! Spring has sprung, although the forecast for this week looks kind of glum, and many gardeners have asked what chores they...
April 24, 2013 - 12:00am
April 17, 2013
Growing Green: Spring planted bulbs for summer bloom
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 blotchy maroon center, and, like the gladiola, is a summer bulb. Summer bulbs and tubers are planted after the last frost date,...
April 17, 2013 - 12:00am
March 6, 2013
Growing Green: It's fruit tree pruning time
Now is the time to start pruning your fruit trees. Pruning your trees while they are in dormancy reduces the possibility of fire blight in crabapples, apples and pears, as well as minimizing canker diseases in cherries and plums. A good pair of pruning shears is probably one of your...
March 6, 2013 - 12:00am
February 20, 2013
Growing Green: True blue gardening - try some of these plants
I'm sure you've heard me say it before. I love blue in the garden. True blue plants are hard to come by. Most plants described as blue are actually shades of purple from eggplant to lilac. Because it is so hard to find, blue can be used to create a different and unusual effect in...
February 20, 2013 - 12:00am
February 13, 2013
Growing Green: Ground covers for rough sites
Do you have that weedy spot in your garden where grass just refuses to grow? Maybe it's too shady or too steep or too rocky. What do you do before weeds take over? Why not try a tough, hardy ground cover? A ground cover is a plant that forms a low growing, dense mat that covers the...
February 13, 2013 - 12:00am
January 30, 2013
Growing Green: Tips for starting a vertical garden
In doing research for some recent classes, I have become hooked on the idea of vertical gardening.
January 30, 2013 - 12:00am
January 19, 2013
Statewide conference to look into 'hoop houses' to prolong growing season
University of Minnesota Extension is leading a 2013 Minnesota Statewide High Tunnel Conference, to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12 and 13, at The Arrowwood Lodge at Brainerd Lakes in Baxter. High tunnels, also called high hoops or hoop houses, are temporary structures that...
January 19, 2013 - 9:54am
January 16, 2013
Growing Green: Try orange plants to brighten your garden
Height, texture, bloom time and color are some of the traits you want to consider when selecting new plants to include in your garden. Color is probably the first attribute I look for in my never-ending quest, with texture coming in a close second. Together with University of Minnesota...
January 16, 2013 - 12:00am
January 9, 2013
Growing Green: Must-have garden tools
Now that the busyness of the holidays is behind us and the New Year is under way, it's time to start planning for this year's garden. Before selecting seeds, perennials and annuals to include in your ornamental or vegetable bed, why not assess the state of your garden tools and decide...
January 9, 2013 - 12:00am
January 2, 2013
Growing Green: Ferns are easy to grow
Since more and more people are expressing interest in ecofriendly gardening, I thought I'd share some hardy, native Minnesota plants that require minimal care and add texture and color to your ornamental landscaping. This month, I will highlight native Minnesota ferns. Ferns are...
January 2, 2013 - 12:00am
December 28, 2012
Growing Green: Successful seed starting
Now that winter is upon us, I love to sit snuggled in a cozy chair with my seed catalogs and pick out the plants I will include in my garden in the spring. If you start your own seeds, you will have a much greater selection of vegetables, flowers and herbs varieties than you will...
December 28, 2012 - 12:00am
December 19, 2012
Growing Green: Caring for your fresh-cut tree
One of my favorite holiday traditions is the selection of our fresh cut Christmas tree. We often traipse through the snow-filled field in bitterly cold weather to find that perfect tree.
December 19, 2012 - 12:00am