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Country singer Tippin helps local businesses get through construction
Law enforcement blotter: Monday, July 25
Boulder Tap House gets liquor license from Alexandria
Zebra mussels found in Lake Osakis
Law enforcement blotter: Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24
A first time finisher at Grandma's: Hochsprung youngest male finisher at Duluth marathon
Millers look ahead to next summer after two losses
Alexandria set to host VFW tournament this weekend
Bemidji takes Sub-state 14 title from Alex
Alex Horseshoe League results
The Salty Dogs to perform on the Courthouse lawn
Community auction to raise funds for missions
TLHD presents Love, Loss, and What I Wore
The Color Dash is coming to Forada
Luther Crest gets whole new look
Engaged - Solyntjes and Triplett
Births - July 22, 2016
Engaged - Buschette and Krivanek
Births - July 15, 2016
Births - June 28-July 2, 2016
DNR release: Muskies to be stocked in Gull and Fairmont chain of lakes
Seniors get their day on the water (W/video)
Hess brings in nice bass on Whiskey Lake in Brandon
Four-year-old reels in big bass on L'Homme Dieu
Morken: The search for the perfect stand location
Carol Diane Jeffries
Wendy Jo (Muzik) Kuhnau
Megan E. Movold
Jacqueline "Jackie" Friese
Eva M. Wagner
COMMENTARY: The passing of a giant in Runestone research
LETTER: Need bigger indoor location in case of rain
LETTER: Headlights on when using wipers is a law
LETTER: Treat each other with dignity and respect
EDITORIAL: Small gestures seng big message to local officers
Stay up-to-date on Douglas County FSA
Gardening for the senses
Horticultural services available to local residents
GARDENING TIPS: Manage mosquitoes while enjoying the great outdoors
Horticulture Night set for July 28
Three single moms can now get to work
DEED offers updated legal guide to privacy and data security
Chamber Ambassadors celebrate two businesses
Hilltop Lumber goes 'above and beyond'
Bell State Bank and Trust receives five stars from bank research firm
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
January 15, 2016
Cities request: More state money, please
There is no surprise to what Greater Minnesota cities want from the next Legislature: more state money. It is an issue Greater Minnesota city officials, along with those from Minneapolis and St. Paul, have brought to legislators every year for more than a decade. State funds, paid...
January 15, 2016 - 12:00am
January 6, 2016
LETTER: Rep. Backer works hard for Greater Minnesota
To the editor: I would like to respond to the propaganda from State Representative Paul Marquart. Not only did he unnecessarily bash your local lawmaker, State Representative Jeff Backer, but he also managed to disgustingly distort the truth in hopes of scoring political points. In...
January 6, 2016 - 12:00am
November 20, 2015
Cities urged to fight for state aid
Local government aid (LGA) — the money the state gives to cities across the state — does not fund city halls. It funds people,...
November 20, 2015 - 12:00am
February 6, 2013
Small cities worry over state aid's future
ST. PAUL -- Cities would receive more state money next year if legislators approve Governor Mark Dayton's budget, but after that some could get smaller checks from the Capitol. Dayton proposes adding $80 million next year to the Local Government Aid (LGA) program that primarily helps...
February 6, 2013 - 12:00am
July 26, 2012
Mayors push for reform on property taxes, economic development, LGA
Citing rising property taxes, urgent economic development needs and the continued erosion of Local Government Aid funding, city officials from across Greater Minnesota pledged that their communities concerns need to be at top of the legislature's agenda in 2013. The city officials...
July 26, 2012 - 12:17pm
June 15, 2012
LGA payments contained in tax bill signed by Governor Dayton
Governor Dayton has signed a small tax bill that contained a provision Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, co-authored regarding local government aid (LGA) payments to the city of Hoffman.
June 15, 2012 - 12:00am
January 21, 2011
A $1 million pickle: Cities in area stand to lose $1 million in state cuts
Alexandria stands to lose $661,124 - 6.5 percent of its total budget - if the latest budget proposal from the Minnesota Legislature is enacted. House...
January 21, 2011 - 12:00am
December 27, 2010
A new Legislature: Mayors optimistic but worry deficit could hurt local aid
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's finance commissioner once famously announced that the state had "a boatload of money." The big debate then was who got the most new money. Since then, state finance officials have looked under every financial cushion for all the spare change they...
December 27, 2010 - 11:45am
December 24, 2010
Commentary - LGA provides opportunity for bi-partisan cooperation
By Nancy Carroll, mayor of Park Rapids and president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) and Alan Oberloh, mayor of Worthington and CGMC vice president Reverberations from the November election are still echoing through the Capitol halls, with a Democrat taking over...
December 24, 2010 - 12:00am
August 22, 2010
Mayors: Next governor will determine future of Minnesota
Mayors from across greater Minnesota adjourned their annual summer conference Friday by declaring that the next governor will determine the fate of rural communities. Hibbing Mayor Rick Wolff, newly elected president of the Coalition of Greater MN Cities, which organized the conference,...
August 22, 2010 - 9:08am
July 4, 2010
CIty officials urged to get word out on budget
(A note from the Echo Press editor: This story from the Morris Tribune highlights comments made from a representative from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Elizabeth Wefel, who made a similar presentation to the Alexandria City Council at its June 28 meeting.) Civic officials...
July 4, 2010 - 11:54am
May 9, 2010
LEGISLATIVE NOTEBOOK: Cities say cuts would hit police
ST. PAUL -- City leaders say they probably would have no choice other than to reduce police forces if Gov. Tim Pawlenty's latest budget-cut proposal is enacted. Democratic legislative leaders, however, say they have no intention of cutting the $176 million the GOP governor wants...
May 9, 2010 - 10:09am
April 28, 2010
Commentary - Ask candidates about LGA
By Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland and Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness After a long winter, baseball season is finally here, families are firing up their barbecues, and farmers are in the field. Summer isn't far away, and neither is the important decision of electing Minnesota's next governor....
April 28, 2010 - 12:00am
February 19, 2010
Cities, counties brace for cuts
If Governor Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal is approved, local governments would have to come up with some creative new ways of saving money. Alexandria...
February 19, 2010 - 12:05am
February 13, 2010
Cities working on LGA proposal
ST. PAUL -- City leaders are working on a proposal to fund continued local government aid. Since 2003, cities have complained that Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislators cut state payments to them when the state budget needed to be balanced. Next week, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota...
February 13, 2010 - 8:03am