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Two people rescued from Lake Ida
Minnesota leaders look for ways to reduce health insurance premiums and 'reinsurance' may help
AgweekTV: Changes in antibiotics in livestock
Sue Jung honored with statewide General Manager of the Year award
Sen. Klobuchar honors Roers Family Bakery
Boys basketball: Savageau's big day helps Osakis edge B-E
Basketball scores from Friday, Jan. 20
Wrestling: Braves get past Minnewaska in dual
Wrestling: Knights sweep three at KMS duals
Blizzard hockey: New Ulm rolls over Alex at the RCC
Fathers and daughters invited to Big Ole – Little Lena Ball
Zion Lutheran School celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week
Faith Column: The Sunday after and the days ahead
Compassion Center to host GriefShare
A peach of a show
Engaged - Christopherson and Dalluge
Engaged - Freier and Christopherson
Births - Jan. 13, 2017
Engaged - Fischer and Teague
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
John Lawrence Davis
William "Bill" Bahe
Hazel I. Kleven
Lisa M. Neubauer
Byron S. Gunderson
IT'S OUR TURN: Tough choices on sex abuse story
LETTER: Need better service on CR82
LETTER: Give Trump a chance
LETTER: Rare, unique opportunity
LETTER: Douglas County's child abuse rate is double statewide rate
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
KOOL-TV adds local weekend show
New specialty-trained orthopedic surgeon available in Alexandria
Operation Round Up grants awarded to 14 organizations
Osakis distillery plans cocktail room
Viking Savings Bank to rebrand with move to new location
hires and promotions
On The Street
January 13, 2017
Senators pass health insurance aid bill as debate focuses in rural Minnesota
ST. PAUL—Rural Minnesota may never have been mentioned so often in a state Senate debate not about a specific rural issue. Small towns...
January 13, 2017 - 9:18am
January 6, 2017
Blood shortage at 'crisis level'
Snow and cold have disrupted a lot of lives this winter, including the lives of people who make a point to donate blood. That has led the American Red Cross, which supplies blood for Douglas County Hospital and numerous other health care providers across Minnesota, to put out an...
January 6, 2017 - 6:00am
January 4, 2017
A need for nurses
The health care industry is one of the biggest employers in Douglas County. It also is one of the employment sectors most in need of workers – particularly in nursing, where jobs range from home health nurses up to registered nurses. Nicole Schell, human resources director at Douglas...
January 4, 2017 - 6:39am
Unique high school program helps fill demand for nurses
Alexandria Area High School is helping fill a pressing need in the area through a program that allows students to become certified nursing assistants....
January 4, 2017 - 6:00am
December 16, 2016
EDITORIAL: Is axing Affordable Care Act the right answer?
The loud screaming to repeal the Affordable Care Act is drowning out an important question: What would the fallout be? Would we be better off without ACA? A new report says no. Through ACA, hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans have gained coverage and millions more have had their...
December 16, 2016 - 6:00am
November 18, 2016
Knute Nelson Hospice delivers veteran-centric care
As a We Honor Veterans hospice provider, Knute Nelson provides specialized care to veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, created We Honor Veterans to empower...
November 18, 2016 - 11:00am
October 26, 2016
Ecumen Bethany Community offers free memory screenings
As part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, Ecumen Bethany Community will offer free, confidential memory screenings on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 1020 Lark Street in Alexandria. Qualified health care...
October 26, 2016 - 9:00am
LETTER: Thank you to VA clinics
To the editor: We read a great deal about the deficiencies of the VA health program nationally. We are most fortunate to have the VA facility in St. Cloud and the local clinic in Alexandria. I am a World War II veteran and with advancing age have health-care needs on a frequent basis....
October 26, 2016 - 8:30am
October 19, 2016
Growing insurance premiums frustrate farmers
ST. PAUL—Loni Kemp is an example of what farmers and other self-employed Minnesotans face: an ever-increasing health insurance bill and...
October 19, 2016 - 8:00am
October 12, 2016
Dayton: 'Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable'
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's governor says a President Barack Obama inspired health-care law needs work. "The reality is the Affordable Care Act...
October 12, 2016 - 1:35pm
September 30, 2016
Franson to host health care meeting
Representative Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, invites the public to attend a health care meeting in Henning on Monday, Oct. 3 to discuss insurance costs, health care access issues related to MNsure and the Affordable Care Act. Joining Rep. Franson at the meeting will be House Health...
September 30, 2016 - 10:29am
September 28, 2016
Flu vaccinations offered to veterans
A flu shot is an important part of staying healthy during the flu season, and this year, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System is making it easier for veterans to get a flu shot. Free shots are available during routine appointments or at one of the many VA flu shot clinics being offered...
September 28, 2016 - 12:00am
August 19, 2016
COMMENTARY: Making sure our veterans get the care they deserve
By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota When we ask our service members to put their lives on the line in defense of our nation, we make a commitment to give them the support they need when they come home. But too often, we fall short of that commitment, especially when it comes to...
August 19, 2016 - 12:00am
June 24, 2016
Speaker to discuss gaps in medical education, clinical practice
A transformation in health care is outpacing educational reform, leading to growing gaps between medical education and clinical practice. That's according to Mark Rosenberg, MD, vice dean at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He'll speak at a free town hall meeting sponsored...
June 24, 2016 - 12:00am
April 13, 2016
Public, private or hybrid? Which way should hospital go?
It's been six months since Douglas County Hospital's board of directors publically announced they're exploring the option to convert the county-owned...
April 13, 2016 - 12:00am