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Why doesn't Alexandria have a veterans memorial?
Council acts on barrier request during concerts
Law Enforcement Blotter: Friday, June 23 through Sunday, June 25
Meet the new Pet of the Week: Elvis Pigsley (w/video)
Sladek takes second at Pepsi Little People's Golf Tournament
Alexandria Horseshoe League
Legion Baseball: Alex wins a couple, loses a couple in home tourney
Morken: Easy to see why wins piled up for the Panthers
Area baseball players make state all-tournament teams
Ralph Covert plays family concert at Evansville Art Center
Lincoln students compete at global Destination Imagination competition
Golfer Tom Lehman speaks at July 7 faith lunch
Osakis church holds community supper
Engaged - Strater and Lambert
Engaged - Bruzik and Johnson
Engaged - Fogelson and Gibbons
Engaged - Teichert and Kelly
Engaged - Schmidt and Murray
Courrier lands nice bass
Big fish highlight third Douglas County Bowfishing Challenge
Mike Frisch: Finding June walleyes
Walleye bite picks up on some area lakes
Osakis walleye tourney set for this weekend
Wanda Jean Tramm
Janice "Jan" Larsen
Lorraine G. Van Santen
Mary Anna Louise Swenson
THUMBS UP/THUMBS DOWN: Views by the Echo Press Editorial Board
It's Our Turn: A life without my mom
Commentary: Water wells are safe
Editorial: Newspapers still top choice for news
In the Know: Help available for businesses
4-H announces K-3 summer camps
Master gardener shares cold-hardy plant information
Many options for shade plants
Extension service helps with pressure canning
What's going on with the evergreens??
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A race to get people in the door of downtown businesses
Chamber holds 26th annual golf tournament
Tolkkinen joins Echo Press staff
JCI Minnesota looking for outstanding young Minnesotans
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On The Street
December 28, 2011
Rochester senator elected to make 'fresh start'
ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- Minnesota Senate Republicans promised a fresh start Tuesday night, putting behind a scandal and spending 11 hours picking Sen. Dave Senjem as their new leader. The senators also elected a new slate of assistant leaders during their close-door meeting. "No more...
December 28, 2011 - 9:46am
December 27, 2011
Senate Republicans meet today to pick new leader
December 27, 2011 - 10:22am
Capitol Chatter: Majority leader, speaker control Legislature
ST. PAUL -- Many Minnesotans may not understand why there has been all the fuss about Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigning, but that position and that of the House speaker are very powerful. When it comes to passing legislation, in a large part they decide what bills have a...
December 27, 2011 - 9:31am
Dayton shows confidence after Year 1
ST. PAUL -- A confident Mark Dayton is ending his first year as Minnesota governor. The Democratic governor of today is far different than "socially awkward ... inept at the game of retail politics" that a top aide once said about him. Political observers recall times when Dayton...
December 27, 2011 - 9:29am
2011 a wild Minnesota political year
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's 2011 began with liberal Mark Dayton becoming governor. The next day, an ultra-conservative Legislature took the oath, the first time Republicans controlled both chambers in decades. Minnesota politicos were shocked in December with the resignations of two...
December 27, 2011 - 9:20am
December 22, 2011
Koch apologizes for 'engaging in a relationship'
ST. PAUL -- Former Senate Majority Leader Any Koch says she is sorry for being in a relationship with a Senate employee. "I regret more than words can express the hurt that I have caused to the people that I love, and to those who have worked and served with me over the past years,"...
December 22, 2011 - 7:20am
December 20, 2011
Movement begins for deputy GOP chair to seek top spot
WOODBURY, Minn. -- A movement is afoot to lure a Woodbury woman into a permanent position as the Minnesota Republican Party leader. A push has begun to encourage Kelly Fenton to run for the party's chairmanship. Fenton is serving as interim chairwoman while the party waits to elect...
December 20, 2011 - 12:54pm
Koch scandal could slow Vikings stadium discussion
ST. PAUL -- Upheaval within Senate Republican ranks could delay work on a Minnesota Vikings football stadium. "Obviously, it's a bump in the road," said Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, who is chief House point man for a stadium bill. Sen. Amy Koch, who resigned last week as majority...
December 20, 2011 - 12:38pm
December 17, 2011
Capitol Chatter: Jaws drop as Koch announces resignation
ST. PAUL -- Amy Koch's resignation as Minnesota Senate majority leader came like a lightning bolt out of the blue. Reporters could almost hear jaws drop as they informed senators of the news when calling to get reaction. Many senators had not checked their email and reporters knew...
December 17, 2011 - 7:39am
December 16, 2011
Koch resignation shocks Minnesota politicians
ST. PAUL -- The first woman to lead the Minnesota Senate is leaving, saying she wants to spend time with family and work in the private sector. Amy Koch, 40, shocked her colleagues Thursday when she wrote to them saying she would quit immediately as majority leader, in the job just...
December 16, 2011 - 10:43am
December 11, 2011
Capitol Chatter: Conflicting information slows stadium agreement
ST. PAUL -- Trying to agree on how to fund a new Vikings football stadium is hard enough, but legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton also must deal with trying to find the facts. It's not that anyone is lying, but everyone is trying to spin their side of the story. Vikings officials keep...
December 11, 2011 - 10:52am
December 5, 2011
Capitol Chatter: Political leaders scramble to rewrite talking points
ST. PAUL -- A projected state budget surplus so shocked Minnesota political leaders Thursday that they did not know how to respond. Their talking points, drawn up long ago, featured placing blame on the other side for a new deficit. But then everyone, including the state economist,...
December 5, 2011 - 9:32am
October 27, 2011
Parties argue over redistricting fundamentals
October 27, 2011 - 2:31pm
Bank investments designed to help small businesses get loans
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials hope a $100 million investment they are making in banks will end up in the hands of small business owners. That could result in more jobs across the state. Gov.
October 27, 2011 - 7:07am
October 8, 2011
Capitol Chatter: Feds support anti-synthetic drug legislation
ST. PAUL -- The federal Justice Department agrees with Sen. Amy Klobuchar that Congress should ban synthetic drugs that pose threats to Americans. The department has announced it backs three bills by the Minnesota Democrat to ban 2C-E, bath salts and synthetic marijuana. Klobuchar,...
October 8, 2011 - 11:07am