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One-room Minnesota schoolhouse student, now 96, and her teacher, 107, reunite
Getting a jump on spring
Alexandria junior earns perfect score on ACT
Meet the new Pet of the Week: Ratchet (w/video)
Law enforcement blotter: Wednesday, March 22
Paulson honored as Knights MVP
Four B-E players named LEC, Pheasant all-league
Alexandria's Walker named section swim COY
The end of an era: Simpson steps down at B-E after 605 head coaching wins
Homecoming: Swedberg takes over the Alex boys golf program he grew up in
Cancer benefit is set for Randy Beman
Organic Gardening Club to host barn dance
LIBRARY NEWS: Finding the time to read
Nowells to speak about merging of sports, Christianity
Sweetwater Revival to give concert of hope, encouragement
Births - March 17, 2017
Births - March 8, 2017
Engaged - Freiderich and Blumhoefer
Births - March 3, 2017
Engaged - Lee and Dybdal
Mike Frisch: What's my walleye line?
Art of every size, shape and color
DNR release: Catch-and-release summer walleye season announced for Mille Lacs
Carvers coming to the RCC
Bald eagles migrating back to Minnesota
Lynnette "Lynn" M. Kalina
Betty A. Dittberner
Christina Michelle Jackson
IN THE KNOW: Alexandria is top micropolitan in Minnesota
LETTER: Asking nicely; this time only
LETTER: Please don't litter
LETTER: Don't doubt that people want jobs
GUEST EDITORIAL: Sail a course to Real ID
Agriculture going strong in Douglas County
Douglas County Master Gardeners present Let's Get Growing workshop
Wussows named a Yieldmaster contest winner
Nominate a Farm Mom of the Year
Selecting fragrant flowers for your cutting garden
Coffee lover branches out: Alexandria man turns roasting into a side business
Ecumen Bethany Community receives Customer Experience Award
Parkers Prairie bar and grill is first to serve liquor
Dilley Zimny Insurance named a Circle of Excellence Agency
Ecumen Bethany Community receives workforce grant
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On The Street
March 17, 2017
MNsure backers make their case
ST. PAUL — A move to connect Minnesota to the federal health exchange would cost the state millions of dollars and jeopardize health coverage...
March 17, 2017 - 7:17pm
February 3, 2017
MNsure deadline extended to Feb. 8
ST. PAUL — For Minnesotans still wanting to buy health insurance on the individual market, you still have time. The open enrollment period for 2017 health insurance had been scheduled to run through Tuesday, Jan. 31, but the state-run MNsure exchange has authorized a one-week...
February 3, 2017 - 1:00pm
February 1, 2017
LETTER: Retraction or apology?
Editor's note: The writer of a Jan. 27 letter, "Did you vote for this?" sent the following follow-up note, which clarifies how local legislators voted on health insurance relief. To the editor: Paul Anderson, Jeff Backer, and Mary Franson all voted Thursday for the Conference Committee...
February 1, 2017 - 9:00am
January 28, 2017
MnSure extends deadline for those seeking health insurance premium help
ST. PAUL --- Next week's impending deadline for Minnesotans to buy health insurance on the individual market just got a little looser. The open...
January 28, 2017 - 6:32pm
December 2, 2016
COMMENTARY: MNsure can make the best of a difficult situation for consumers
By Allison O'Toole, St. Paul, MN There's no use sugar-coating it. The 5 percent of Minnesotans who buy insurance on their own, rather than getting it through employers or public programs, are in a difficult position. Minnesota's insurance companies are dramatically increasing their...
December 2, 2016 - 6:00am
November 18, 2016
MNsure robocall, web issues still mysteries
ST. PAUL—Minnesota officials still do not have answers to why two technology issues hit MNsure on the first day it sold individual health insurance policies two weeks ago. "Minnesota IT Services continues to investigate this situation and is reviewing the data," spokeswoman...
November 18, 2016 - 7:00am
November 3, 2016
MNsure signs month's worth of customers in two days
ST. PAUL — Technology issues are fixed and the state's MNsure health insurance sales program has enrolled 10,000 Minnesotans, a mark not hit...
November 3, 2016 - 3:47pm
November 2, 2016
Numbers show magnitude of MNsure phone attack
ST. PAUL—Dramatic numbers show something was up when the MNsure state agency opened individual health insurance policy sales. On Tuesday,...
November 2, 2016 - 6:29pm
November 1, 2016
About 70 state websites go down as robocalls delay MNsure enrollment
ST. PAUL—The opening of individual health insurance policy sales Tuesday, Nov. 1, was greeted by a robocall effort to block people from...
November 1, 2016 - 6:00pm
MNsure Contact Center extends hours
ST. PAUL, Minn.— Due to historically high call volume on the first day, the MNsure Contact Center will remain open until 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, November 1. Callers on hold at 7 p.m. will have their calls answered.
November 1, 2016 - 4:20pm
October 28, 2016
Help available for MNsure signup
Next week, Minnesotans who carry individual health care through MNsure plans may be scrambling, but there is hope and help is available. About 5 percent of Minnesotans — roughly 250,000 people — currently get their coverage from individual plans, while another 5 percent...
October 28, 2016 - 6:00am
October 19, 2016
Growing insurance premiums frustrate farmers
ST. PAUL—Loni Kemp is an example of what farmers and other self-employed Minnesotans face: an ever-increasing health insurance bill and...
October 19, 2016 - 8:00am
October 12, 2016
Minnesotans should shop, compare and save on health insurance
As final 2017 individual market health insurance rates are released by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, MNsure is encouraging Minnesotans to learn about cost-saving opportunities available through the state's online health insurance marketplace.
October 12, 2016 - 2:00am
October 5, 2016
Health insurance rate hikes upset state officials
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans who buy their own health insurance will pay more next year, in some cases a lot more. Officials of the state Commerce Department and the MNsure Web-based insurance sales site last week announced insurance rates for Minnesotans who buy their own policies will...
October 5, 2016 - 12:00am
September 16, 2016
LETTER: How's Obamacare working out for you?
To the editor: So we learn (letters, Sept. 2) that 61 percent of the DFL fair booth poll participants think universal health care should be the highest priority in the upcoming legislative session. Is that because Obamacare, the "Affordable Care Act," has become the Hindenburg of...
September 16, 2016 - 12:00am