Skip to main content
In the eye of Irma: Former Alexandria couple caught in hurricane
Soft lockdown lifted at West Central Area Secondary School
Law Enforcement Blotter: Wednesday, September 20
UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal motorcycle crash on I-94
Gravel pit ‘would ruin this little town’ neighbors say
Nice day for a run
Sports schedule for Thursday, Sept. 21
Cross country: Chargers see progress in Melrose
Cross Country: WCA sets records and takes first in Melrose
Tennis: Lakers sweep Melrose, 7-0
Country Blossom Farm holds baking, eating contests
Community Education classes available
Events promote talking about suicide
Ecumen gives look at daytime senior care
New musicians invited to Open Mic Night
Don & Betty Kuelbs
Gary & Molly Buse
Gary & Molly Buse
DNR release: Optimistic about Saturday's duck opener
Posted, but done properly? Rules, prosecuting case can be complicated
Mike Frisch: Cover more water
A whirlwind of a win: Alexandria anglers take big payday in first pro tournament
DNR roadside survey: Pheasant index down 26 percent
Michelle Kay Miller
Lorraine K. Porter
Richard A. King
Harold M. Olson
Letter: Confederate statues promote division
Letter: No right way to protest
Echo Press Editorial: A wake-up call about drunk driving
In the Know: Armor - an unfortunate necessity
Observations from the Archives: 1992: Minnesotans pitch in after Hurricane Andrew hits
Dairy council seeks candidates
Tomato tasting at the library
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
On The Street
Feds allow more time for comment on Internet access
Alexandria ReStore remains open, plans expansion
Glenwood resort receives Century Resort designation
Minnesota adds 7,700 jobs in July; unemployment rate unchanged
hires and promotions
on the street
Nominate your favorite local businesses today
October 12, 2011
Extension news - Asian lady beetles invade houses
It's that time of year again. The time when Asian lady beetles swarm up the sunny sides of tall or prominent buildings looking for winter shelter, preferably full of food, otherwise known as your house. Yuck! These ladybugs are natives of eastern Asia, and were originally introduced...
October 12, 2011 - 12:00am
August 17, 2011
Extension column: Tree damage and management
Mother Nature has thrown us quite a summer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have felt her wrath and have damage. There is nothing more heartbreaking then seeing a tree that has been in your yard for years lose a battle with a storm. There are typically six types...
August 17, 2011 - 8:02am
March 16, 2011
Let's Get Growing offers gardening tips
It's that time of year: University of Minnesota Master Gardener groups around the state are preparing their spring horticulture education days. Our own UMN Master Gardeners of Douglas County are knee deep in the planning and preparation of Let's Get Growing! This year's event occurs...
March 16, 2011 - 12:00am
March 9, 2011
Extension offers food safety certification and renewal courses
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, called ServSafe, will be offered on Tuesday, April 5 at the Douglas County Extension Office...
March 9, 2011 - 12:00am
Hardy hydrangeas for your garden
The winter season finds me browsing through garden catalogs and magazines, searching for the next best perennial plant to add to my garden. The full color photos highlight spectacular perennials that, alas, are hardy to zone 5 or 6.
February 9, 2011 - 12:00am
February 2, 2011
Plants that add winter interest
This morning I was met by deeply piled drifts of snow covering every surface across which I had intended to walk. Pristine white snow, piles of hard clumped dingy snow, and downright dirty snow surrounded me as I trudged to my truck in hopes of not getting stuck! White becomes a very...
February 2, 2011 - 12:00am
January 12, 2011
Upcoming horticulture workshops
On January 14-15, the 2011 Minnesota Organic Conference and Trade Show, presented by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, will be held at the St. Cloud Civic Center. This conference offers learning and networking opportunities for producers interested in organic methods. The Friday...
January 12, 2011 - 12:00am
December 29, 2010
Try these top picks in your garden
January is the start of garden catalog season! Throughout January, my mailbox is crammed full of colorful seed catalogs that lure me into trying something new and exotic in the coming year. I dream of June: fresh asparagus and spinach; and the juicy, sweet/tart early tomatoes in July. If...
December 29, 2010 - 12:00am
December 15, 2010
Caring for your fresh-cut Christmas tree
One of my favorite holiday traditions is the selection of our fresh-cut Christmas tree. We often traipse through snow filled fields in bitterly cold weather to find that perfect tree. The end result is worth the frosted nose and rosy cheeks. Cut and placed in water immediately, our...
December 15, 2010 - 12:00am
December 8, 2010
Holiday poinsettia success tips
I love November and December: the first snow, the crisp air, holiday music, and my kitchen full of the aromas of holiday cooking. My houseplants have filled every spare inch of my home, the paperwhites on my table are getting ready to bloom, and the stores are full of beautiful poinsettias....
December 8, 2010 - 12:00am
December 1, 2010
Spread out large snow piles to help avoid 'snow mold'
The deep snows last winter gave way to fuzzy white lawns in the early spring. Snow mold was abundant, and many homeowners asked what they could do about it. The answer is: Prepare for the reduction of snow mold in the fall. Snow mold is common during years when an early, deep snow...
December 1, 2010 - 12:00am
November 23, 2010
The roadblocks to healthy houseplants
Houseplants have always been a challenge for me. I can't seem to remember to water them regularly and the dryness of our Minnesota winters really challenges the health of even the hardiest of my plants. If you have a house full of plants, or just a few treasures, here are a few tips...
November 23, 2010 - 12:00am
November 17, 2010
What to do when pests invade your pantry - first, locate the soure
The first hard frost has come and gone, and hopefully you have completed most of your fall garden chores. Now is the time to sit back, relax, and ponder the successes and failures of this season's garden, what you will do differently and what new additions will be included in next...
November 17, 2010 - 12:00am
November 3, 2010
Why is the grass orange?
In recent weeks, turfgrass rust has become a problem for Douglas County homeowners. Hopefully we have seen a seasonal end to this colorful infection. However, if you have been wondering why your lawn has an orange, yellow or brown tinge, or why your animals and shoes have been coated...
November 3, 2010 - 12:00am
October 27, 2010
Getting rid of common buckthorn
The recent beautiful fall weekend found me outside, working in my garden and marveling at the view from my hilltop. The maple leaves are brilliant orange and red, and the birches and aspen are golden yellow. Most of the native trees and shrubs found in woodlots, fencerows, windbreaks...
October 27, 2010 - 12:00am