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Council hires garbage hauler, acts on other items
Council members, mayor get 10 percent bump
Updated: Rock legend Bobby Vee dies
Minnesota authorities seek new tips in 5-year-old death investigation
Area volleyball: Section play getting under way
Blizzard hockey: Steel run past Alex
Blizzard hockey: Alex routs Rochester 8-0
8-5A Football: Cards to face winner of Spuds, Lumberjacks
5AA football: Osakis to face Benson in section quarterfinals
In Pursuit of a Dream is performed across the area
The Bible: More reliable than any story in history
Celebrate the harvest with Applefest
Births - Oct. 21, 2016
Births - Oct. 14, 2016
Engaged - Schwab and Ronning
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A memorable moose in Alaska
DNR Release: Lake Carlos State Park to offer snowshoe-lacing workshop
From the stand: Doe tagged on a perfect evening
Mike Frisch: Find the fish first
Lake Miltona hosting pro musky world championship
Gayle J. Gondek
Daniel Curtis Larson
Lorraine M. Essler
LETTER: Kulp shows strength, determination
LETTER: Sen. Westrom listens to constituents
LETTER: Westrom willing to 'go to the mat'
LETTER: Vote for growth and opportunity
IT'S OUR TURN: What does asthma feel like?
How to manage box elder bugs
2017 Minnesota Gardening calendars are now available
Wheat council seeks candidates for board of directors
Five ways to protect your garden from deer
Crops benefit from proper application of livestock manure
LAPW announces 2016 Employers of the Year
Alexandria among cheapest cities for car insurance
FAST adds large robotic welder to Glenwood facility
Alexandria credit unions team up to volunteer
Chamber Ambassadors visit three businesses
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Growing green - What's wrong with my tomato plant?
It's easy to see why the tomato is a top choice among gardeners. These plants adapt well to most soil conditions, they are perfect for small garden spaces and the tomato itself has many uses. One plant is likely to yield a high number of tomatoes, so just a couple are necessary to...
July 25, 2012 - 12:00am
July 18, 2012
Growing green - Caterpillars: Garden friend or enemy?
It seems that those of us with gardens or flowers to keep luscious and healthy throughout the growing season are always dealing with some sort of garden pest. Why is it that the tastiest snack has to be the most gorgeous or best producing plant in the yard? Because we usually associate...
July 18, 2012 - 12:00am
July 11, 2012
Extension Column - Cutworms are a real problem
Few things are more frustrating than walking out to do some gardening, and finding all of your crops half eaten or destroyed. This summer, plant disease and insects have been a real problem. We could place the blame on the unusual weather patterns, or even the unseasonably warm winter;...
July 11, 2012 - 12:00am
July 6, 2012
Interested in becoming a master gardener? Here's how
Do you have a love for spending long hours planting and tending to your backyard garden? Do you have a knack for teaching and enjoy learning and sharing you knowledge with others? If gardening is your passion, and you would like to be part of a team that contributes to keeping Minnesota...
July 6, 2012 - 12:00am
June 20, 2012
Growing green - Fungus among us
In the past few weeks, I have been inundated with samples of sick and dying plants. For the most part, these plants have suffered from a variety of fungal diseases. Fungi cause more plant diseases than any other group of plant pests in Minnesota gardens. They attack trees, shrubs,...
June 20, 2012 - 12:00am
June 13, 2012
Growing green - Bugged by ants? Here's what to do
I have received many calls recently requesting information about how to get rid of ants in the home and lawn. Ants are the most frequent and persistent pests encountered around homes and buildings, and they have been a particular nuisance this year. Dealing with ants can be very frustrating....
June 13, 2012 - 12:00am
June 6, 2012
Growing Green - Attract hummingbirds to your garden with nectar
Every year we look forward to the return of hummingbirds to our garden. These tiny birds add fun and whimsy to a summer day. Their tiny chirps and aerial antics are well missed in the off season and eagerly welcomed when the weather warms. Our early, variable spring has brought many...
June 6, 2012 - 12:00am
May 30, 2012
Growing Green - Cultural tips to prevent scabby potatoes
Many gardeners have planted potatoes. However, some have expressed dismay about last year's crop: disfigured, dark, rough, pitted and corky, their potatoes were infected with potato scab, a disease caused by a soil-borne bacteria. Potato scab bacteria lives on organic material in...
May 30, 2012 - 12:00am
May 23, 2012
Growing Green - Tree planting tips
This unseasonably warm spring has encouraged avid home gardeners to get a jump start on their veggies. Potatoes, onions, peas, lettuce, spinach and radish have been planted, and it's just about warm enough to get the tomatoes, beans and peppers in the ground. (You want the soil temperature...
May 23, 2012 - 12:00am
May 16, 2012
Growing Green - Forest tent caterpillars
It's that time of year again, the notorious forest tent caterpillar (FTC), aka the army worm, will soon be raining from the trees. What are these little buggers, and how can we control them? Here are the facts: These caterpillars live throughout the U.S. and nosh on hardwood trees...
May 16, 2012 - 12:00am
April 25, 2012
Growing Green - Healthy soil equals healthy plants
Spring has sprung (albeit the sudden onset of April snow) and many gardeners have asked what chores they can accomplish in their yards and gardens prior to spring planting. One of the top springtime questions I often get is how and when should fertilizer be applied. It is a difficult...
April 25, 2012 - 12:00am
April 18, 2012
Growing Green - Spring chores for the impatient gardener
The signs of spring have been seen several weeks earlier than normal this year. From the record ice out dates on our lakes to the activity of squirrels to the mosquito and tick sightings, spring just seems to be a train barreling down the track toward summer. With the onset of our...
April 18, 2012 - 12:00am
April 4, 2012
Growing Green - Fragrant flowers for your cutting garden
When it comes to selecting flowers to plant in my garden, I am always looking for scented varieties that bring the fragrance of the garden into my home. So many beautiful cultivars have had their sweet aroma bred right out of them. I am always disappointed upon discovering that a...
April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
March 28, 2012
Growing Green - Good garden reads
When I am not able to garden, I enjoy reading gardening magazines, catalogs and how-to books. In all this reading, I never considered looking into the history of gardening. Now, I know a little bit about Lewis and Clark, their voyage of discovery, and their collection and cataloging...
March 28, 2012 - 12:00am
March 21, 2012
Growing Green - Spring into gardening by dividing perennials
The early spring weather has beckoned like the mythical Sirens, and I am lured to my perennial beds. The frost has left the ground and the first few early perennials have begun to grow. Dianthus (sweet williams and pinks), iris and Oriental poppies are pushing their way through the...
March 21, 2012 - 12:00am