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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
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
WISSOTA racing returns to Douglas County Fair
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
August 16, 2016
Lifeguard season ends Aug. 18
Lakes Area Recreation has announced that lifeguards will be off duty for the season at Latoka and L'Homme Dieu beaches in Alexandria after Thursday, Aug. 18. Beaches are swim-at-your-own-risk when lifeguards are not on duty.
August 16, 2016 - 10:55am
August 12, 2016
Saving the lakes, one mussel at a time
Three 10-year-old girls visiting the Alexandria area have big dreams this summer. After hearing about recent zebra mussel infestations, Margaret...
August 12, 2016 - 12:00am
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...
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...
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