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Officials release name of northern Minn. snowmobiler who died in lake
Best of the Lakes Area Large Employer
Holiday Train stops in Alexandria
Best of the Lakes Area Fitness Club, Child Care
Talent, generosity shine at Jingle Bells
Boys hockey: Warner, Cathedral send a section statement in Alexandria
Girls Basketball: Fergus Falls rallies to end Cards’ winning streak
Sports schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 12
Eden Prairie's Montero named Minnesota's Mr. Football
Girls basketball: Shorthanded Chargers fall at CGB
A space for young learners: Library exhibit combines science and art
One page at a time: Library can help you through the holidays
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
Helping African firefighters
Cross-country bicyclist to stop in Alexandria
Just for Kix hosts annual dance show
Extremely rare Canada lynx spotted in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest
Mike Frisch: Icing winter walleyes
Local hunters keep an eye on CWD developments
Morken: Make the most of this final month
Five cases of CWD confirmed in southeastern Minnesota
Sarah Ruth (Benson) Cheshire
John Anthony Gaspard
Herbert Nicholas Botzet
James "Jim" Tenhoff
Elda Evelyn Lindquist
Our Turn: Echo Press saves taxpayers money
LETTER: Farm bill renewal is in sight
LETTER: Peterson should ignore bad advice
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
LETTER: Military requires harassment training
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
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Bello Cucina abruptly closes doors for good
Dollar District closing Sunday, Nov. 26
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December 9, 2016
COMMENTARY: Take a look at how Minnesota turkeys are raised
Robert Orsten, President, Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, Orsten Turkeys, Willmar, MN A recent letter to the editor denounced turkey production and made several false accusations that we would like to correct.
December 9, 2016 - 8:00am
December 2, 2016
COMMENTARY: Cheap wages should anger Alexandrians
By Sean Fleming, Alexandria, MN Arrowwood's recently proposed boarding project has come under fire from its neighbors. Celeste Edenloff's article, "Employee housing project faces opposition," documents frustrations regarding property rates, the quality of the building and environmental...
December 2, 2016 - 8:00am
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
COMMENTARY: We need to address sex trafficking
By Dave Vagle, President, Alexandria Area Community Foundation
November 18, 2016 - 9:00am
November 15, 2016
COMMENTARY: Here's what has us worried, Trumpers
By Mike McFeely, Oakport, MN Donald Trump mocked a disabled person and you still elected him president and that's what has us worried. You talk about Trump tapping into anger and resentment over the economy and jobs and that's why you voted for him and that's fine. We'll see what...
November 15, 2016 - 9:46am
November 11, 2016
COMMENTARY: Honor service every day
By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota Every year, right after election day, we gather to honor our veterans. But this year's election was unlike many others. It was contentious. It got ugly. It even tested the bounds of our democracy. So, here we are. On the other side. And after...
November 11, 2016 - 9:34am
October 19, 2016
COMMENTARY: Dutch elm disease is still very prevalent
By Evan Amundson, Alexandria, MN Many people remember back to the 1970s and all the talk surrounding Dutch elm disease. We don't talk about it as much anymore because of all the new diseases and insects that are a threat to our trees. Now concerns are focused on the latest and greatest...
October 19, 2016 - 6:30am
October 5, 2016
COMMENTARY: Rural America is back in business
By Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Washington, D.C. We know when rural communities do well, America does well. Rural America provides us with the food we eat, the water we drink and the energy we use, not to mention a disproportionate percentage of the nation's military that keeps...
October 5, 2016 - 1:00am
September 9, 2016
COMMENTARY: Clean power makes more jobs, a healthier Minnesota
By Jeanne Johnson, Citizens Climate Education Network, Alexandria This commentary is in response to the Friday, Aug. 26 commentary "Clean Power Plan will penalize Minnesota in diversifying energy portfolio." Mr. Solberg makes a number of statements that can't be supported by the facts....
September 9, 2016 - 12:00am
September 7, 2016
COMMENTARY: Light rail remains barrier to special session
By State Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, MN It appears there will be no special session in St. Paul this summer to finish work on several major bills left over from the bizarre finish to the legislative session this past May. Leaders emerged from negotiations Aug. 18 with no agreement...
September 7, 2016 - 12:00am
August 26, 2016
COMMENTARY: What they're fighting over
By Lee H. Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress, Indiana University This seems a good time to step back and consider just what it is that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are fighting about. I don’t mean where they stand on the issues, or whose vision is more compelling....
August 26, 2016 - 12:00am
COMMENTARY: Clean Power Plan will penalize Minnesota
By Loren Solberg, Grand Rapids, MN For many of us living in Greater Minnesota, we understand what drives Main Street. Quite simply, our prosperity not only relies on our ability to compete regionally, but also globally. Minnesota has earned a reputation as being a great place for...
August 26, 2016 - 12:00am
August 19, 2016
COMMENTARY: Making sure our veterans get the care they deserve
By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota When we ask our service members to put their lives on the line in defense of our nation, we make a commitment to give them the support they need when they come home. But too often, we fall short of that commitment, especially when it comes to...
August 19, 2016 - 12:00am
August 12, 2016
COMMENTARY: All candidates should participate in forums
By Susan Sheridan Tucker, Executive Director, League of Women Voters Minnesota, St. Paul, MN Are you looking for an opportunity to hear candidates for office respond directly to voters' questions on issues that matter in your community? For nearly a century, the place to do just that...
August 12, 2016 - 12:00am
August 10, 2016
COMMENTARY: Racetrack is a place for community to come together
By Abram Schmidt, Alexandria, MN I am a proponent of having the race track in our community for a variety of reasons. As a local business owner here in Alexandria, it is my opinion that anything that draws people to our town is a good thing.
August 10, 2016 - 12:00am