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Taking the plunge for Special Olympics (w/video)
Warmup On The Way
Law enforcement blotter: February 26, 2015
News Briefs: Fish house removal deadlines near
Translating the marks on our landscape
Class A State Wrestling: Prairie Valley's Nibbe, WCA-A-B-E's Nohre both take second
Sports roundup from Saturday, February 28: Section swim, subsection basketball
State wrestling: Coyers place fifth, Hagen sixth
State wrestling: Alex wrestlers' seasons end in consolation round
Girls basketball: Focus shifts to playoffs after Cards wrap up share of CLC title
Music makes us whole
Peterson seeking entries for Congressional Art Competition
Super Bowl champ to perform worship concert
Strangers no longer
Photography exhibit to open in Evansville
Engaged - Barlage and Lukas
Births - Douglas County Hospital through February 15, 2015
Engaged - Koep and Highdale
Engaged - Wilson and Ostendorf
Engaged - Reed and Patterson
Wildlife of Douglas County: Pileated woodpecker
Giant crappie through the ice
DNR survey shows Minnesota’s moose population remains low
Nohre named MDHA region director
Aiming for success
LaVerne Weisgram, 93
Marvin Wolbersen, 76
Funeral - Wilbur Nelson, 93
Funeral - Margie Kleven, 59
Funeral - William Bjerkness, 45
It's Our Turn: Hockey fights are pointless
State should not tax business property and family cabins
Food shelf ‘match’ is a myth
Echo Press Editorial Board: Keep public notices public
Border-to-border high-speed Internet isn’t nice, it’s necessary
Corn and soybean growers feature on-farm water use
Area farmers invited to sign on to lawsuit
Let’s Get Growing workshop set
Local turkey farmers attend conference at State Capitol
Column: Using natives in your garden
Douglas County DAC gives honors
Alexandria Clinic receives diabetes recognition
A new way to get your replacement SSA-1099 online
Library offers free copies of tax forms
Kraus-Anderson recognized for work on high school
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
December 24, 2013
‘Tis the season for charitable contributions
Year-end charitable contributions are a win-win situation for both taxpayers and charities, according to the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA). Remember to follow smart practices for giving to make sure organizations receive your gift in time and you receive...
December 24, 2013 - 8:33am
December 19, 2013
Winning ticket worth $29,000 sold in Alexandria
Julie Whaley of White Bear Lake won the $29,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on September 14. Her quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers 15-20-21-25-28 drawn that night to win the jackpot. Whaley purchased the winning ticket at Jill’s Gas and Grocery, 1109 3rd...
December 19, 2013 - 9:58pm
December 17, 2013
Volunteers sought to assist with senior tax returns
Volunteers are needed to assist in the preparation of 2013 tax returns at the Alexandria Senior Center during the next tax season. Sponsors of the Tax-Aide program are AARP, IRS and the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Tax-Aide program volunteers provide free personal income tax...
December 17, 2013 - 10:51pm
Alexandria man wins big in Lottery
Richard Walberg Jr. of Alexandria won $10,000 by playing the Lottery’s Black Cherry Crossword scratch game. He claimed the prize December 5. The winning ticket was purchased at Jim and Judy’s One Stop, 12321 Highway 29 North in Alexandria. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised...
December 17, 2013 - 2:53pm
December 12, 2013
Home sales surge nearly 12 percent in county
Here’s good news about the housing market in Douglas County: The number of homes sold and the average price they sold for are both up from last year. That’s according to a new housing report released by RE/MAX. Countywide, the number of homes sold increased 11.99 percent,...
December 12, 2013 - 10:14pm
December 10, 2013
Most Alexandria residents will see tax drop
Alexandria’s tax bite won’t be quite as big as expected next year. In fact, most residents should see the city portion of their tax bill decrease by about 2 percent. The council approved a 2014 tax levy increase of 1.26 percent after holding its truth in taxation hearing Monday...
December 10, 2013 - 10:00pm
December 4, 2013
State gains millions of dollars to help seniors, disabled remain safe
Minnesota was given the green light to deliver better care and more choices for senior citizens and people with disabilities. The federal government has granted formal approval for the state to proceed with its Reform 2020 initiative, a nation-leading, innovative approach to delivering...
December 4, 2013 - 8:08am
November 22, 2013
Community course to focus on understanding poverty
An Understanding Poverty and Its Impact on Children course will be held on Monday, December 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC), Room 102. Jessica Boyer, executive director of the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties, will focus on how...
November 22, 2013 - 9:23am
November 20, 2013
Having trouble paying your heat bill? This statewide program offers assistance
The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently announced that Minnesota will receive $98,762,312 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP). LIHEAP helps low-income homeowners and renters pay heating bills...
November 20, 2013 - 8:45am
November 15, 2013
Social Security announces 2014 benefit increase
Cost-of-living adjustment bumps payments 1.5 percent
news / government
November 15, 2013 - 8:31am
How to save money on a water heating bill
Water heating accounts for about 15 percent of a family’s utility bill, one of the biggest energy users behind heating and cooling costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are several basic ways to cut water heating bills, such as use less hot water, turn down...
November 15, 2013 - 8:29am
November 13, 2013
Ag, mobile home taxes due soon
Douglas County Auditor-Treasurer Char Rosenow reminds owners of land classified as agricultural and mobile home owners that second-half tax payments are due on or before Friday, November 15. To avoid a penalty, envelopes must be postmarked on or before November 15. Payments may...
news / government
November 13, 2013 - 8:38am
Your legal rights: Beware of look-alike websites
By Lori Swanson Attorney general More and more people use the Internet to access government services and for personal business transactions. People can change mail delivery, renew license tabs, sign up for health insurance, and order credit reports online. But with this accessibility,...
November 13, 2013 - 8:37am
Take control of holiday spending
What are your holiday shopping plans this year? American retail holiday spending totaled about $580 billion in 2012, according to the National Retail Foundation, up 3 percent from the previous year. The Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers advice on how to make smart spending...
November 13, 2013 - 8:33am