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Minn. gets price tag for buying or leasing western Minn. prison
MNsure: Record enrollment for insurance through exchange went smoothly
Pilots complain about hangar use but airport manager sides with Cunninghams
Bemidji seeks state funding for proposed northern Minn. veterans home
Law Enforcement Blotter: January 15-16
Sports schedule for Thursday, Jan. 18
DNR release: Spring turkey hunt applications for season A and B due soon
Girls hockey: Ellingson's natural hat trick helps Cards over DL
Swimming and Diving: Cards defeat Tigers at home
Boys hockey: Cardinals hitting their stride after third straight win
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
What would Mr. Fitzgerald think?
A space for young learners: Library exhibit combines science and art
One page at a time: Library can help you through the holidays
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Marlin & Nora Hoglund
Alexandria's Dresch makes "the ice angler's landing net"
Mike Frisch: Good winter crappie action
Lake trout surprises Northwest Angle fisherman
Morken: South Dakota is still worth the hunt
Collector looks for info on rare lure he believes could have ties locally
Virginia "Ginger" M. Bjurlin
Shirley Ann Ingalls Moench
OUR TURN: The hurtful practice of judging others
LETTER: Making America great starts with love
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LETTER: County board shows little respect for veterans
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Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
Rose City Bar and Grill to open Feb. 1
Minimum wage rises
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Update: Fire victim's identity not yet confirmed
March 31, 2010
Editorial - Give healthcare reform a chance
The American public is a finicky lot, especially when it comes to change. The Republicans were counting on that in the health care reform debate. But now that the vote has been taken, and the health care reform bill signed into law last Tuesday by President Barack Obama, and more...
March 31, 2010 - 12:00am
March 24, 2010
Commentary - Peterson explains 'no' vote
U.S. Representative Collin Peterson, Democrat-Minnesota, issued the following statement Sunday night explaining why he voted against an historic health care reform bill that was approved on a 219-212 vote. (Peterson represents the 7th District, which includes Douglas County.) "After...
March 24, 2010 - 12:00am
March 22, 2010
Federal health bill saves Minnesota millions, says DFL representative
ST. PAUL -- The U.S. House-passed health care bill will bring millions of dollars to Minnesota, helping to balance the state budget. Combined with another congressional bill, yet to pass, most of the expected cuts to Minnesota health and human services programs now will not be needed,...
March 22, 2010 - 11:32am
March 17, 2010
Forums will discuss healthcare coverage
Public forums will be held at the end of March to engage citizens including small businesses and farmers in a dialogue on healthcare coverage in rural west central Minnesota.
March 17, 2010 - 12:00am
February 26, 2010
Bethany Home makes more rooms private
Ecumen's Bethany Home in Alexandria has received approval from the Minnesota Department of Health to close 21 beds in its long-term care and rehabilitation center. This will allow Bethany to reach its goal of providing all customers a private room.
February 26, 2010 - 12:00am
Meeting will discuss UCare health plans for seniors
UCare is holding informational meetings about its UCare for Seniors Medicare Advantage plan. Members of UCare's sales staff will discuss the UCare for Seniors Classic, Value, and Value Plus plans. UCare for Seniors has more than 70,000 members across Minnesota and western Wisconsin. In...
February 26, 2010 - 12:00am
February 24, 2010
Douglas County Hospital recognized for knee, hip replacement
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has designated Douglas County Hospital as a "Blue Distinction Center" for knee and hip replacement. "Douglas County Hospital is very proud of our designation as a Blue Distinction Center," said Bill Flaig, hospital administrator. "This recognition...
February 24, 2010 - 12:00am
January 29, 2010
GAMC lives another month
ST. PAUL - Low-income Minnesotans who depend on a state program for health care won a one-month extension. General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) will remain in operation a month longer than expected, Governor Tim Pawlenty and Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman announced Wednesday....
January 29, 2010 - 12:00am
January 22, 2010
Hospitals want to learn from their mistakes
No one likes mistakes - especially in a medical setting when lives are on the line. That's why hospitals are trying to learn from any mistake they make. According to a new report issued last week, there was one "adverse event" reported at the Douglas County Hospital in 2009...
January 22, 2010 - 12:05am
January 20, 2010
Editorial - Health reform talks must be transparent
The time has arrived for serious discussion on health care reform in Washington, D.C. Work will be done to find a compromise package that can be accepted by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, based on bills both chambers passed late last year. That work should be done in public. With...
January 20, 2010 - 12:00am
January 15, 2010
Free pre-healthcare nursing course offered at ATC
Through District 206 Community Education, the Alexandria Area Adult Basic Education (ABE) Consortium is partnering with Rural MN CEP and Alexandria Technical College (ATC) to offer a free pre-healthcare nursing course at ATC this winter. Since this nine-week course is being offered...
January 15, 2010 - 12:00am
New device for treating cancerous tumors arrives in Alexandria
CentraCare Radiation Oncology at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria continues to improve its services by beginning an upgrade to its linear...
January 15, 2010 - 12:00am
January 8, 2010
Free pre-healthcare, nursing course offered
Through District 206 Community Education, the Alexandria Area Adult Basic Education (ABE) Consortium is partnering with Rural MN CEP and Alexandria Technical College (ATC) to offer a free pre-healthcare/nursing course at ATC this winter. Since this nine-week course is being offered...
January 8, 2010 - 12:00am
October 7, 2009
New VA clinic opens its doors
An estimated 3,500 veterans in Douglas and surrounding counties will no longer have to travel to St. Cloud or other areas for health care services. The...
October 7, 2009 - 12:05am
September 25, 2009
Local manufacturers oppose Peterson on energy, support him on healthcare issues
Twenty-eight manufacturing executives in Minnesota's 7th Congressional District recently sent Congressman Collin Peterson a letter outlining...
September 25, 2009 - 12:05am