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Updated with ID: Barrett teen dies in car fire
AgweekTV: Eyes on the Ears
Knowledge Bowl students head to regionals
Blizzard hockey: Steel force a game three after win in Alexandria
Boys basketball: Minnewaska to face third-seeded Caledonia in state opener
Blizzard hockey: Alexandria heads home with chance to put away the series against New Ulm
Girls basketball: Alexandria finishes sixth in Class AAA state tournament
The difference a year makes for Boline
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
Rudolph "Rudy" G. Nelson
Joyce Elizabeth Bronson
Jane Johnson Huhn
OUR TURN: A year (and a half) in the life of an editor
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
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, 2018
EDITORIAL: Prepare for these five job trends
Understanding trends in the workforce can help businesses be better prepared and make local communities more adept at dealing with change. A reference checking company, Allison and Taylor, recently identified these five employment trends that will affect employers, employers and job...
March 8, 2018 - 7:48am
January 18, 2018
Minnesota job gains lead to lowest unemployment rate for blacks on record
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's job market has improved to record levels for black residents although their jobless rate remains more than double the state average. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED, released a jobs report Thursday, Jan., 18, that...
January 18, 2018 - 7:41pm
November 8, 2017
IN THE KNOW: A strategy for drawing more jobs to area
The field of economic development has long been dominated by a central focus on jobs, with experts in workforce development and cluster analysis available in abundance. In fact, the mission statement of the AAEDC is "to provide regional leadership in a collaborative effort to facilitate...
November 8, 2017 - 12:18pm
August 3, 2017
It's Your Turn: Readers debate jobs and wages
This "It's Your Turn" includes comments that were posted on the newspaper's Facebook page in response to our July 25 online story, "Minnesota gains 4,400 jobs in June." Jodi Fischbach: What is the state doing to entice people to move and live here? It's great to add that many jobs,...
August 3, 2017 - 6:15am
July 24, 2017
Minnesota gains 4,400 jobs in June
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unadjusted job count passed the 3 million mark in June for the first time ever, according to figures released last...
July 24, 2017 - 5:26pm
March 22, 2017
LETTER: Don't doubt that people want jobs
To the editor: Welfare: A statutory procedure or social effort designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need. This basic tenet of man's humanity to man nevertheless seems to be anathema to some. A recent writer to the Echo Press stated: "[T]he concentration...
March 22, 2017 - 8:00am
March 10, 2017
LETTER: A new Minnesota Miracle for today
To the editor: Greater Minnesota needs a new Minnesota Miracle, like the cooperative spirit and progressive fiscal reforms of the late 1960s-1970s, which led to a decades-long burst of entrepreneurial energy and technological innovations. Honeywell, Control Data, General Mills, Medtronic,...
March 10, 2017 - 8:00am
February 15, 2017
Keep 'Made in Minnesota' program
To the editor: Currently, the Republicans are pushing to rescind the "Made in Minnesota" program which has stimulated rural development and created jobs where they are needed. Right here in Alexandria, Alexandria Industries makes some of the components used in the installations.
February 15, 2017 - 10:32am
December 23, 2016
IT'S YOUR TURN: Readers sound off on worker shortage
For this "Your Turn," Facebook readers react to our Dec. 14 editorial, "Seize job opportunities in Alexandria." Troy Wysocki: The wages in Alexandria...
December 23, 2016 - 8:00am
December 14, 2016
EDITORIAL: Seize job opportunities in Alexandria
The longtime owners of Jerry's Bar and Grill in Alexandria are selling their business because they couldn't find enough reliable workers to fill the shifts. Jeff Wild, manager of the Arrowwood Resort, said that finding help is "near impossible." The resort is seeking approval to put...
December 14, 2016 - 8:00am
November 9, 2016
Tastefully Simple cuts 39 jobs
Alexandria-based Tastefully Simple is cutting 39 jobs at its headquarters. The company, which markets food and food-related items and gifts...
November 9, 2016 - 11:50am
June 8, 2016
Most jobs for those with disabilities come through nonprofit providers
Minnesota’s providers of training and employment services for people with disabilities put more people in jobs than any other source of work while offering the greatest range of choices, according to a recent survey. The Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation...
June 8, 2016 - 12:00am
May 22, 2016
Why do employees leave?
By Hillary Sorenson, Forum News Service According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average employee stays in a job position for 4.4 years....
May 22, 2016 - 1:00pm
May 18, 2016
Roundtables find common workforce needs in region
What does it take to ease the workforce shortage in West Central Minnesota? Child care. Housing. Transportation. Those three needs to workforce recruitment and retention were frequently mentioned during a series of workforce roundtable discussions throughout the region. A grant from...
May 18, 2016 - 12:00am
March 4, 2016
ON THE STREET - March 4, 2016
• The Swenson Lervick Law Firm recently honored Gretchen Tvrdik for her 40th anniversary with the firm. Tvrdik started with the firm in February of 1976 as a legal assistant to attorneys John Lervick and Gary Syverson. She later worked as a real estate assistant, and in 1989, she...
March 4, 2016 - 12:00am