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New signs designate area as boat-free zone
Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, June 30
Two more roundabouts coming soon
How will Clinton-Trump race affect state elections?
Viking stadium finished ahead of schedule
Local semipro football team continues to take shape
DNR: Camp Ripley deer hunt applications now being taken
Legion baseball: Bemidji sweeps Alex
Tops among nation's youth: 11-year-old Sladek wins at Illinois golf tourney
15U Babe Ruth: Pitching committee leads Osakis past Long Prairie
Paint your world purple
'River' presents a tribute to female songwriters
Fourth of July, Lightning Creek concerts set for next week
The Fourth of July: The price of freedom
Engaged - Berglin and Wood
Births - June 21-27, 2016
Engaged - Dahlquist and Ripley
Births - June 17, 2016
Kristin Rose Elmer of Duluth and Nathaniel Thomas Vetter of Prior Lake announce their engagement.
Waterfowl numbers soar
Mike Frisch: Planer boards for more fish this summer
A final shot at state
Alex's John and Drake Herd pull out top prize at Lake Osakis Walleye Tournament
One for the wall
Keith D. McCoy
Natalie M. Klein
Warren V. Meissner
LETTER: Why steal flowers from graves?
LETTER: Performance brought standing ovation
LETTER: Let the truth be known
COMMENTARY: Bridges, not walls, foster peace and security as refugees arrive
COMMENTARY: Celebrate our independence this Fourth of July
GARDENING TIPS: Plant a Patriotic Centerpiece for the Fourth of July
FSA county committee nomination period is open
Producers should file crop certification report
Value added producer grants available
How to plant a tree
Fischer named executive director at Ecumen Bethany Community
Echo Press earns five awards in national contest
First Security Bank awards student scholarships
Better Business Bureau hopes to mute speaker scam
Golfers raise $17,000 in support of United Way
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
May 6, 2016
YOU ASKED: Who owns a lake?
Who owns a lake? If your land runs all the way around a lake, can others legally access it if there is no public access? What is an environmental...
May 6, 2016 - 12:00am
April 20, 2016
The state of Minnesota's water
Water is a finite resource and people converged last week in Alexandria to explore the state's water resource issues. The State of Water Conference...
April 20, 2016 - 12:00am
March 29, 2016
Ice leaves Lake L'Homme Dieu early
Lake L’Homme Dieu’s ice-out date this year was Saturday, March 26 – the earliest ice out date in four years. An unusually warm March made...
March 29, 2016 - 9:13am
February 3, 2016
2015: No new AIS infestations
"The good news is that we didn't have any new infestations in 2015," said Dave Rush, Douglas County Land and Resource Management director. After its first full open-water season on the books, the local aquatic invasive species (AIS) task force is noting the good news, but also quickly...
February 3, 2016 - 12:00am
January 6, 2016
YOU ASKED: Is it Lake Brophy or Brophy Lake?
As part of our "You Asked" feature, reader Willie Woida of Alexandria contacted the Echo Press and asked, Lake Brophy, Brophy Lake — What...
January 6, 2016 - 12:00am
July 15, 2015
Lakes are safe despite recent infections, officials say
July 15, 2015 - 12:00am
August 8, 2014
Wake restrictions lifted
A streak of relatively dry weather means no more no-wake restrictions on 10 Douglas County lakes. The restrictions expired July 30 and there are reportedly no immediate plans to renew. On July 1, commissioners enacted temporary special controls restricting watercraft wake 300 feet...
News / region
August 8, 2014 - 12:00am
July 18, 2014
UPDATE - TWO LAKES ADDED: Details on no wake zones on 10 local lakes
Slow it down – waaaay down – on area lakes. No wake zones are now in effect. On Tuesday, Douglas County commissioners enacted temporary...
July 18, 2014 - 2:25pm
September 4, 2013
Photo of the Week - flinging water
Amy Amundson of Alexandria took this photo of her daughter, Alison Amundson and friends Taylor Partington and Emma Schmidt as they were beating...
News / region
September 4, 2013 - 4:03pm
August 30, 2013
Boaters urged to stop 'power loading' at public water accesses
As summer progresses and lake water levels drop, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds boaters using public accesses to check ramp conditions before launching any boat and to refrain from "power loading." Power loading is a phrase that describes using the motor thrust...
August 30, 2013 - 9:01am
August 25, 2013
Eurasian watermilfoil discovered in Clear Lake near Watkins
Eurasian watermilfoil has been discovered growing in Clear Lake near the town of Watkins in northern Meeker County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. An initial discovery was made by DNR Fisheries specialists on the west side of the lake. A plant sample was...
August 25, 2013 - 7:46am
August 22, 2013
Carcass of leaping Asian carp found on Mississippi River near Winona
The carcass of a silver carp - the kind that leaps from the water when disturbed - was found recently on a dam abutment just north of Winona, the furthest upstream a silver carp has been discovered in the Mississippi River, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources...
August 22, 2013 - 11:26am
August 17, 2013
DNR asks: 'Are you doing your part to stop spread of AIS on lakes?'
A watercraft inspector with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) inspects a boat exiting a lake and finds aquatic invasive species (AIS) attached. DNR officials say it's a scenario they experience far too often in their efforts to curb the spread of AIS. "DNR and its...
August 17, 2013 - 10:15am
August 16, 2013
Lifeguards off duty for season
Lifeguards will be off duty for the season at Latoka and L'Homme Dieu beaches after Friday, August 16. Beaches are swim at your own risk when lifeguards are not on duty.
August 16, 2013 - 12:00am
Lakes Area Loves Haiti events feature Pastor Firmin Louis
Haitian Pastor Firmin Louis will come to Alexandria Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25 for a series of Lakes Area Loves Haiti events. He will share a story of faith and hope for the people of Haiti, and how people from the Alexandria area have served alongside him to transform the...
area / faith
August 16, 2013 - 12:00am