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Movie star, film crew visit Alexandria
Updated: Bail set for suspects in connection with Forada assault
Law Enforcement Blotter: Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20
Central Minnesota motorcyclist identified as victim in SD crash
Paying respect to one of their own
Boys golf: Cardinals trying to put it all together after Brainerd steals one at AGC
Girls golf: Silverstreaks are conference champs
Boys golf: Osakis finishes fifth in CMC
Baseball: Merritt's one-hitter leads B-E over Hancock
Girls golf: Cardinals take another CLC meet
A big heart: Forada firefighter loved helping everyone
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Updated: Cool water temps make for a tough walleye bite on opener
Morken: Fishing by the numbers
Mike Frisch: Tips for the walleye opener
Fishing Frenzy: An interactive look at the 2018 Minnesota fishing opener
Special regulations trump new pike zone rules
Frances V. (Detmers) Kay
Delores (Flatebo) Ewing
John "Jack" Burns
OUR TURN: County workers rise above stress
LETTER: Bombing explanation shelters Trump
THUMBS UP/THUMBS DOWN
LETTER: Another nail in coffin of local business
LETTER: Quran filled with inconsistencies
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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Chamber Ambassadors recognize two local businesses
Economist: U.S. well positioned
Most on board with new hospital name
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April 29, 2018
Turning manure into gold
As the lovely weather approaches, gardeners are eager to get out in their yards and start the growing season. Before planting your wee seedlings, I would recommend getting your soil tested. A soil test will tell you the composition and type of soil in your garden, and recommend nutrients...
April 29, 2018 - 12:42pm
April 18, 2018
Gardening despite Mother Nature
Really, Mother Nature!!! Historic April blizzard?? Haven't we suffered enough?? Okay, enough pouting. Winter will end, spring will be here, and we have all learned that it is not nice to taunt Mother Nature. So, what now? There are still plenty of gardening things you can do to prepare...
April 18, 2018 - 3:20pm
April 5, 2018
Five ways to spring-clean houseplants
Recent nice weather has got me bustling about the house and scrubbing winter out the door. (It's mud season in Minnesota, my least favorite time of year!) Part of my spring routine is to wake up my houseplants after their winter dormancy. By taking care of them now, I know that they...
April 5, 2018 - 8:25am
March 23, 2018
Seeds of spring: Season arrives early in greenhouses
Although a fresh snowfall made Tuesday look more like winter than the first day of spring, inside local greenhouses it was warm and humid —...
March 23, 2018 - 12:57pm
March 22, 2018
Spice up your garden with red plants
Red is an energizing color to use in your garden pallet, and your plant choices go way beyond the ubiquitous rose and geranium. Scores of plants come in countless shades of red, and, well used, can create an eye-popping garden. Here are a few to consider when shopping for new plants...
March 22, 2018 - 12:44pm
December 28, 2016
Successfully growing traditional plants of the season
Several traditional holiday plants make their appearance in your local retail markets this time of year. If you're looking for a gift plant or...
December 28, 2016 - 10:00am
August 31, 2016
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
It’s easy to see why the tomato is a top choice among gardeners. These plants adapt well to most soil conditions; they are perfect for small garden spaces and the tomato itself has many uses. One plant is likely to yield a high number of tomatoes, so just a couple are necessary...
August 31, 2016 - 12:00am
May 11, 2016
Students earn green thumbs
Alexandria Area High School (AAHS) students held a Mother’s Day Plant Sale last Friday and Saturday in the school’s new Agriculture Education...
May 11, 2016 - 12:00am
December 2, 2015
Tips for container-grown succulents
Succulents have become the hot new houseplants, and I am often asked how to grow succulents and which succulents a beginner should choose.
December 2, 2015 - 12:00am
October 14, 2015
Putting your garden to bed
Fall is a bittersweet time of beginnings and endings. Rose bushes burst with their last colorful blossoms; tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are plentiful; and my kitchen is filled with the mixed aromas of spaghetti sauce, drying tomatoes and salsa. After a long summer of garden chores...
October 14, 2015 - 12:00am
August 19, 2015
Extension: Keep your tomato plants healthy
It’s easy to see why the tomato is a top choice among gardeners. These plants adapt well to most soil conditions, they are perfect for small garden spaces and the tomato itself has many uses. One plant is likely to yield a high number of tomatoes, so just a couple are necessary...
August 19, 2015 - 12:00am
August 30, 2013
List of endangered, threatened, special concern species updated
A state list first established nearly 30 years ago to highlight and help protect plants and animals at risk of disappearing from Minnesota has received its first official update since 1996. Following a series of five public hearings, an 86-day comment period and review by an administrative...
August 30, 2013 - 9:04am
May 2, 2013
MDA advises consumers to be aware when buying landscaping plants
MDA advises consumers to be aware when buying landscaping plants The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding consumers to check viability and cold hardiness before purchasing trees, shrubs and other plants for landscaping. Last summer, Minnesota state statute made...
May 2, 2013 - 2:40pm
April 24, 2013
Growing Green: Healthy soil, healthy plants
Yesterday, the redwing blackbirds made their annual return to the trees surrounding my home, sending my puppy into insane barking, jumping, and twirling fits! Spring has sprung, although the forecast for this week looks kind of glum, and many gardeners have asked what chores they...
April 24, 2013 - 12:00am
February 22, 2013
Bursting with spring splendor
Under all that snow and ice, Mother Nature is patiently waiting to sprout green grass and nourish delicate spring flowers. Believe it or not,...
February 22, 2013 - 12:00am