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Barrett teen dies in car fire
AgweekTV: Eyes on the Ears
Knowledge Bowl students head to regionals
Girls basketball: Alexandria finishes sixth in Class AAA state tournament
The difference a year makes for Boline
Cousins or Keenum: What's the debate?
Boys basketball: Lakers show resolve all the way to a section title
Girls basketball: Cardinals sail past DeLaSalle to reach consolation championship
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
Peggy A Karnis (Steidl)
Archery program keeps seeing growth
New pike regulations coming for opener
Mike Frisch: Plan those 2018 bass outings
Rudy Zwieg Show this weekend: Quick change makes carver a winner
Ice more complex than just frozen water
Joyce Elizabeth Bronson
Jane Johnson Huhn
Rudolph "Rudy" G. Nelson
Brian B. Eide
COMMENTARY: Now is time to address old views on aging
COMMENTARY: What makes new buffer law special?
EDITORIAL: Make LGA a priority this session
LETTER: A possible solution to gun safety
IN THE KNOW: Big need: affordable transportation
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
Farmer noticing effects of cold with little snow
Grocery Grab goes toward giving
Smile Drive aims to improve dental health
Brand specialist to speak
Heartland near top for knee replacement
hires and promotions
on the street
March 8, 2017
COMMENTARY: Help Ronald McDonald House help families
By Allen Senstad, Alexandria MN Pop tabs. Such little things. Yet little things can make a big difference. My family spent the holidays this past year in a way no parent wants to spend them. My son Matt developed complications from an earlier surgery on his spine and doctors discovered...
March 8, 2017 - 8:00am
January 20, 2017
LETTER: Rare, unique opportunity
To the editor: It's an open secret here in Alexandria that our respected and heavily-awarded county hospital is considered to be the ultimate prize in the eyes of greedy corporations. With Trump in office and Rand Paul possibly drafting our future, we have a rare and unique opportunity...
January 20, 2017 - 8:00am
January 18, 2017
On the road to recovery
Amanda Scott, the woman who was rescued from a fire last month at her Alexandria townhome, is officially on the road to recovery. According to...
January 18, 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
October 5, 2016
Hospital breaks ground on expansion project
The Douglas County Hospital is expanding once again. This time, the expansion — at a cost of about $15 million — will take place within the hospital's surgery center. Groundbreaking on the project took place last Friday, Sept. 30.
October 5, 2016 - 12:00am
August 31, 2016
IN THE KNOW: Opioids carry serious risk of harm
It comes as no surprise that opioid use is on the rise and the phrase epidemic oftentimes accompanies it. Very few people knowingly decide to get addicted to opioids but no matter the cause of the addiction, the outcomes can be devastating. While prescription opioids can be a safe...
August 31, 2016 - 12:00am
August 24, 2016
Douglas County Hospital gets 'blue ribbon' for vaccination effort
The Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria earned a "blue ribbon," the highest award given, from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for its efforts to vaccinate its health care workers against the flu. It's part of MDH's "FluSafe" program, which celebrated its sixth year. This...
August 24, 2016 - 4:08pm
July 8, 2016
Douglas County Hospital stays with county
Without much discussion at Tuesday's Douglas County board meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to keep Douglas County Hospital (DCH) as a county-owned hospital instead of changing it over to a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The vote was more a formality, as the "real"...
July 8, 2016 - 12:00am
May 6, 2016
Hospital gets healthy financial check up
Douglas County Hospital (DCH) was financially healthy in 2015, according to an audit presented last week. The hospital's total operating revenue for 2015 was $140.5 million and total operating expenses were $130.3 million. The hospital reported an operating income of approximately...
May 6, 2016 - 12:00am
March 4, 2016
Alex Clinic moves OB/GYN services to hospital (w/video interview)
Douglas County Hospital (DCH) and Alexandria Clinic have created a unique partnership for obstetrics and gynecology care in the community. As...
March 4, 2016 - 8:26am
March 2, 2016
Three 'adverse events' reported at hospital
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released its annual Adverse Health Events report to continually focus on improving patient safety statewide. A total of 316 adverse events were reported in Minnesota from October 2014 to October 2015 — things like medication errors, pressure...
March 2, 2016 - 12:00am
November 6, 2015
St. Cloud Hospital's Medicare status is restored
An “immediate jeopardy” status for the Medicare program was removed from St. Cloud Hospital at 11 a.m. today, Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) accepted the action steps that were taken in recent days and returned the hospital to its normal status as a participant...
November 6, 2015 - 1:54pm
September 12, 2014
Hospital's Medicare agreement with state stays intact
A survey by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) last week confirmed that Douglas County Hospital (DCH) meets the Medicare program requirements through the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS). As reported in last week’s Echo Press, the survey followed a recent patient...
September 12, 2014 - 12:00am
September 5, 2014
Douglas County Hospital August 26 Girl, Casandra Monta and Cody Westphal, Brandon Boy, Tawnya Barsness and Jeremy Kellen, Brandon Girl, Ashley and Kyle Nieland, Garfield Boy, Alexandria and Jeremy Fischer, Fergus Falls August 28 Girl, Danielle and Kyle Thompson, Alexandria August...
September 5, 2014 - 12:00am
Hospital's Medicare agreement survives scare
Douglas County Hospital underwent a two and a half day survey with the Minnesota Department of Health this week and received a verbal report that the hospital’s Medicare agreement will not be terminated. The hospital is in compliance with the Medicare conditions of participation...
September 5, 2014 - 12:00am