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Cardinals tennis finishes home season with 6-1 victory over Rocori
Sports schedule for Tuesday, September 30
Sports roundup from Monday, September 29
Sports schedule for Monday, September 29
Blizzard hockey: Breezy point holds on against Alexandria
Photography of Jennifer Martinson featured at exhibit
Mattson and Capistrant to sing at West Moe Church
Take a walk, make a pledge for Tanzania
African Children’s Choir to perform in Alexandria
The Deweys to perform at Living Waters Church
Engaged - Kelly and Anderson
Births - Douglas County Hospital through September 23, 2014
Engaged - Faust and Bouressa
Births - Douglas County Hospital through September 14, 2014
Engaged - Marthaler and Hellem
First time fishing
Wildlife habitat field day coming in Pope County
Groups file to list monarchs as endangered
Hunters head into opener with numbers soaring in the flyway
Hunters head into opener with numbers soaring in the flyway
Donald Dynda, 82
Rodney Weets, 56
Ferlene Kniss, 75
Harley Anderson, 90
Rodney Piepho, 62
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press
Cost of health care increased and access decreased
Sieling shows leadership and commitment
EPA is far too overreaching
It's Our Turn: One hundred races, a list of 10
Scholarships available for beginning farmers
Add value to ag operation with grants
It’s time to put your garden to bed
Expanded Glenwood terminal offers open house
Come grow with us - Become an Extension master gardener
ATCC receives $150,000 grant from 3M
Sholts receives district 206 ACE Award
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ALDI to open October 2
Jill Blashack Strahan to speak at Women Achieve! event November 12
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August 21, 2013
Farm tax cancellation not part of special legislative session
ST. PAUL -- Farmers will have to wait to see if legislators will overturn a new tax they pay. Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton this morning could not agree on doing any more in a special session than approving less than $5 million in disaster relief. Before today's meeting,...
August 21, 2013 - 10:56am
May 27, 2013
WCI applauds Dayton and Legislature for investing in pre-K scholarships
FERGUS FALLS, MINN -- Minnesota took a meaningful step toward addressing the state's daunting achievement gap when Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature approved an investment of $46 million in quality pre-kindergarten early learning scholarships for Minnesota's most...
May 27, 2013 - 2:15pm
May 23, 2013
Process dispute leads to Dayton outdoors vetoes; Ingebrigtsen supports action
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed two provisions of a bill funding outdoors and arts projects, saying a House committee ignored a citizen advisory panel. The vetoes eliminated $3 million to fight aquatic invasive species that was destined for tribal and local governments and $6.3...
May 23, 2013 - 12:06pm
May 22, 2013
Tough legislative session comes to a close
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Democrats had enough members to pass nearly anything they wanted, but this legislative session remained about as contentious as any other. It was not necessarily a surprise to many Democrats, who say their party contains a variety of opinions and members from...
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May 22, 2013 - 12:00am
May 21, 2013
Child care providers allowed to join unions; Franson opposes vote
Union supporters celebrated Monday after the House voted 68-66 to allow some child care providers and personal care attendants to join unions. Five Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the measure: Reps.
May 21, 2013 - 7:40am
Capitol, flooding, veterans, disaster end session
May 21, 2013 - 7:30am
May 20, 2013
Legislative Notebook: Legislature looks to give raises, but not for themselves
ST. PAUL -- The House and Senate were ready late Sunday to approve a compromise bill giving statewide officials and the governor's commissioners pay raises, but the bill contains no legislator raises. The Legislature also was to take up a proposed constitutional amendment that the...
May 20, 2013 - 9:42am
House OKs $2 billion tax bill, Senate backs Capitol repair
ST. PAUL -- The keystone of Minnesota Democrats' budget plans, $2 billion in tax increases, won House approval early today and the Senate pulled a surprise in the early morning hours by approving money to fund state Capitol building renovations. Faced with a midnight constitutional...
May 20, 2013 - 9:27am
May 17, 2013
Ingebrigtsen: Many things left to do this session
Editor's note: The following is a week in review column by State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria. It's nearing the end of this year's legislative session and we have many things to do. To date, there are few signs that we are going to be able to finish our budget on time....
May 17, 2013 - 11:56am
May 15, 2013
Marathon Senate session OKs child care union
ST. PAUL - Minnesota senators took nearly 17 hours to approve a bill allowing childcare providers and personal care attendants to unionize. The bill passed 35-32 a little after 8 a.m. today after senators debated it continuously since Tuesday afternoon. "Republicans stalled all...
May 15, 2013 - 11:17am
May 14, 2013
Franson: Bill to unionize childcare providers is political power grab
Senate and House Republicans held a joint press conference today to discuss childcare provider and PCA unionization legislation (HF 950/SF 778). SF 778 is scheduled for a vote in the Minnesota Senate. "There is no need to insert a union between a mother and her childcare provider,"...
May 14, 2013 - 11:34am
May 13, 2013
Minnesota Senate ends ban on gay marriage
ST. PAUL -- Gay Minnesotans and their supporters rallied with tears of sadness rolling down their faces two years ago. Today, their faces are covered with tears of elation as the Minnesota Senate voted to allow them to marry. Senators voted 37-30 Monday to remove a state law that...
May 13, 2013 - 4:25pm
Gay Minnesotans come to see history
ST. PAUL -- Gay Minnesotans and their supporters streamed into the Minnesota Capitol today expecting to witness history. They sang "America" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and celebrated, anticipating senators to approve gay marriage this afternoon. Handfuls of same-sex marriage...
May 13, 2013 - 10:39am
Legislative Notebook: Senate OKs nickel gasoline tax increase
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators voted Friday to raise the state gasoline tax 5 cents in the next few years. After the Senate Transportation Committee in recent weeks removed a gas tax increase when Gov. Mark Dayton said he cannot support it, senators voted 34-26 to increase the tax...
May 13, 2013 - 9:33am
Bill establishes solar energy standards in Minnesota
The Minnesota Senate passed clean energy and jobs legislation Friday that establishes a solar energy standard of 1 percent by 2025. The bill - which will create jobs in the state and will make solar energy more affordable and more accessible for all Minnesotans - passed the Senate...
May 13, 2013 - 9:18am