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UPDATE: Le Homme Dieu drowning victim identified
Still time to attend Vikingland Builder's Association Home Tour this weekend
Don't get ripped off at State Fair
Minnesota wolf population stable
Viking Speedway: Thoennes holds off Zach Johnson as curfew ends things early
Volleyball: Osakis goes 2-2 at Albany Tournament
Sports schedule for Saturday, August 27
Girls tennis: Osakis ties for seventh at Delano tourney
Girls soccer: Tie tests Alex to begin season
Underwater Art: Decoys on display in Evansville
Robby Vee finishes out summer concert series
Harper's Chord comes to Carlos Creek Winery
Alpha Course teaches basics of faith
Strive to be a foundation for others
Births - Aug. 26, 2016
Engaged - Hanson and Lund
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Stringer full of walleyes
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
A big bass for Beau
Carol J. Hansen
William 'Bill' Bretz
Brandon D. Randt
Clara "Clair" A. Gustafson
Bernard "Bernie" V. Dulski
COMMENTARY: What they're fighting over
COMMENTARY: Clean Power Plan will penalize Minnesota
IT'S OUR TURN: Recalling the dawn of the digital age; facing its challenges
EDITORIAL: Long wait for mental health care must be fixed
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
MMFCU concludes 60 Days of Giving campaign
Community solar program shining for REA
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
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. Succulents are plants that have broad, meaty leaves and stems. These function as water storage units that help the plants to survive in dry, arid...
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
January 16, 2013
Growing Green: Try orange plants to brighten your garden
Height, texture, bloom time and color are some of the traits you want to consider when selecting new plants to include in your garden. Color is probably the first attribute I look for in my never-ending quest, with texture coming in a close second. Together with University of Minnesota...
January 16, 2013 - 12:00am
October 31, 2012
Growing Green: Indoor gardening - Try growing these plants
The killing frost hit our flowers hard, and our growing season is officially over.
October 31, 2012 - 12:00am
July 6, 2012
Photo of the Week: Painter's palette
Don Schoonhoven of Alexandria took this photo of "painter's palettes," rare perennials that are in his garden. When the leaves first grow in...
July 6, 2012 - 12:00am
May 16, 2012
Garden Club to hold plant sale
The Alexandria Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 19 at 8 a.m. It will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 722 6th Avenue East in Alexandria. Shop for annuals, perennials and vegetables, and register for free door prizes.
May 16, 2012 - 12:00am
April 25, 2012
Growing Green - Healthy soil equals healthy plants
Spring has sprung (albeit the sudden onset of April snow) and many gardeners have asked what chores they can accomplish in their yards and gardens prior to spring planting. One of the top springtime questions I often get is how and when should fertilizer be applied. It is a difficult...
April 25, 2012 - 12:00am
April 30, 2011
Ag department offers tips for landscaping purchases
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding consumers to check viability and hardiness before purchasing trees, shrubs and other plants for landscaping. Already this spring, MDA nursery inspectors have found dead and damaged packaged plants in some Minnesota stores....
April 30, 2011 - 2:06pm
February 2, 2011
Plants that add winter interest
This morning I was met by deeply piled drifts of snow covering every surface across which I had intended to walk. Pristine white snow, piles of hard clumped dingy snow, and downright dirty snow surrounded me as I trudged to my truck in hopes of not getting stuck! White becomes a very...
February 2, 2011 - 12:00am