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Douglas County Hospital gets 'blue ribbon' for vaccination effort
Speaker: Officers are 'not normal; you're special'
Law enforcement blotter: Tuesday, August 23
Almost 1,000 gather in memory of slain 5-year-old Watkins girl
New effort tries to draw more people into area
Sports schedule for Thursday, August 25
99 holes to celebrate 99 years
Fun meets a potential future in stock cars for many young go-kart drivers
Tweaks for progress: Shifted backfield, young line highlight B-E football
Following its headline year: Christensen steps in for Minnewaska football
Put the fun back in parenting
Walk raises awareness of congenital heart defects
AAHS students, alumni kick off Project 1440
Discovery Middle School hosts orientations, open house
Cunninghams win wing sauce contest
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
Engaged - Benning and Notch
Engaged - Butler and Joswiak
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Stringer full of walleyes
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
A big bass for Beau
Clara "Clair" A. Gustafson
Bernard "Bernie" V. Dulski
Arland E. Hirman
Roy A. Johnson
Gladys M. Hogan
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
LETTER: All are born in spiritual darkness
From the archives - 1966: Six boxes of contest butter to be auctioned off at county fair
EDITORIAL: Small towns can have big problems
LETTER: The same old arguments against Christianity
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Beach named editor of Echo Press
New rules implemented for telemarketers
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
June 3, 2016
Inside the walls of the county jail
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the Douglas County Jail. For most, the words “incarceration” and “freedom”...
June 3, 2016 - 12:00am
January 22, 2016
Sex offender changes delayed
Minnesota will not be forced to change how it treats sex offenders until a federal appeals court decides whether the program is constitutional. Last month, the court granted the state a stay, which delays enforcement of a federal judge’s ruling ordering major changes in the state...
January 22, 2016 - 12:00am
May 24, 2013
Has our youth gone mild? Incarceration rates at historic low
The number of minors locked up in the nation's correctional facilities is lower now than it has been in 35 years. Since 1975, juvenile incarceration...
May 24, 2013 - 12:00am
April 22, 2013
Two inmates who escaped Becker County jail are back in custody
Two Becker County jail inmates are back in custody after a short-lived escape Saturday. Sheriff Kelly Shannon said 30-year-old Scott Allan Sellers and 20-year-old Arlan Ray Bergstrom escaped from the jail by removing a metal plate from the handicap shower, then breaking out a 9-inch-wide...
April 22, 2013 - 9:27am
May 16, 2012
Commissioners OK DOC agreement with jail and talk TV
A renewal of the joint powers agreement between the Douglas County Jail and Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) was approved for 2013 at the May 8 county commissioners meeting. The agreement with DOC allows the county to house inmates at the jail who are participating in the...
May 16, 2012 - 12:00am
November 23, 2010
Locked Up: Echo Press reporter goes to jail
Confined. Scared. Trapped. Bored. That is how I felt Saturday night when I spent nearly four hours in the new Douglas County Jail. Fortunately...
November 23, 2010 - 12:00am
June 2, 2010
Courthouse remodeling upsets chair
The Douglas County Courthouse remodeling project caused a heated debate at the May 25 commissioners' meeting. Near the end of the four-hour-long meeting, a representative from Klein McCarthy, the architectural firm working on the project, was supposed to give a presentation to the...
June 2, 2010 - 12:00am
December 29, 2009
Medical contract for jail weighed
Although he was not on the agenda at last week's Douglas County Board meeting, Sheriff Troy Wolbersen went before the commissioners with two issues. His first issue was to ask the commissioners to approve a $500 donation to the sheriff's office from Rick and Connie Rosengren.
December 29, 2009 - 12:00am
November 13, 2009
County hears about homeless problem
Homelessness, increased fees for food, beverage and lodging licenses, the floodplain ordinance and law enforcement center were all topics at Tuesday's regular Douglas County Board Meeting. Connie Nelson from the Homeless to Housed Coalition spoke before the commissioners, asking...
November 13, 2009 - 12:05am
August 12, 2009
Klobuchar calls for crackdown on using cell phones in prison
As part of her ongoing Senate work on law enforcement issues, U.S.
August 12, 2009 - 12:00am
July 14, 2009
City pursues joint law enforcement center; cost: $5.6 million
The process of building a city-county law enforcement center (LEC) next to a new Douglas County jail inched ahead Monday night. After studying preliminary cost estimates, the Alexandria City Council voted 5-0 to proceed with "phase two" of the project - preparing the plans, drawings...
July 14, 2009 - 12:28am
May 27, 2009
City takes lead on law enforcement center project
The city of Alexandria is now taking the lead on the project to build a joint law enforcement center inside a new county jail. At its meeting Tuesday night, the Alexandria City Council approved changes to its "memorandum of understanding" with Douglas County regarding the preliminary...
May 27, 2009 - 12:01am
Board sells bonds for jail
"Today was a good day to sell bonds." That's what Todd Hagen from Ehlers and Associates told the Douglas County commissioners at their regular board meeting Tuesday morning. Ehlers and Associates is the independent financial advisory firm in charge of selling bonds for the Douglas...
March 27, 2009 - 12:00am
March 20, 2009
County locks down jail bids of $12.9 million
After a lengthy discussion at a special board meeting Tuesday, the Douglas County jail project is moving forward. Douglas County commissioners...
March 20, 2009 - 12:00am
March 13, 2009
How much would it cost to not build jail?
Even though it wasn't on Tuesday's agenda, the Douglas County Jail was the first topic of discussion for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Paul Anderson brought up the topic as the regularly scheduled meeting got under way, stating that in the last five or six...
March 13, 2009 - 12:00am