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Sheriff's employees get leadership training
County drops idea to stop employees from talking to media w/video
Law Enforcement Blotter: Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19
Area working to plug skills gap
Time to worry about opener? More than 30 inches still covered many area lakes this week
Softball: WCA takes season opener over Browerville
Trap shooting: B-E looks for a return to state
Yohnke getting offers from DI programs
Shooting for big things: Alexandria trap ready to compete in a competitive field
Sports schedule for Friday, April 20
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
Steve and Karen Samek
Morken: A few tips for gaining hunting permission
CRP cap to rise in House version of 2018 federal Farm Bill
From sap to syrup
Public comment meeting on deer plan coming to Glenwood
Morken: What survey numbers tell us about the future of conservation
Edward "Ed" Bitzan
Richard Millard Ohlsen
Robert F. Kane
OUR TURN: Don't slam community theater
1968: Good Friday fire destroys businesses
LETTER: Autism affects one in 68 people
EDITORIAL: New help for those in mental crisis
IN THE KNOW: Mental health and wellness in schools
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
Herberger's to close soon
Spring brings excitement, optimism
Parent company of Herberger's could be headed for liquidation
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Legislative Notebook: Legislature looks to give raises, but not for themselves
ST. PAUL -- The House and Senate were ready late Sunday to approve a compromise bill giving statewide officials and the governor's commissioners pay raises, but the bill contains no legislator raises. The Legislature also was to take up a proposed constitutional amendment that the...
May 20, 2013 - 9:42am
April 29, 2013
Legislative Notebook: House votes for safer children's products
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota state representatives voted Friday to protect children from some toxic chemicals. They approved on a 113-13 vote a measure to ban companies from intentionally putting formaldehyde in child care products. They backed a second bill 115-11 to keep bisphenol A out...
April 29, 2013 - 9:30am
April 16, 2013
Legislative Notebook: Jobs bill passes House
ST. PAUL - House members approved a jobs bill 75-57 Monday that funds job training, tax cuts for employers and other economic development measures. Investing in jobs and economic development are top priorities for Minnesotans, House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, said....
April 16, 2013 - 8:12am
February 12, 2013
Political Notebook: House votes to match state taxes with new federal law
ST. PAUL -- Income tax returns Minnesotans file this spring will conform to new federal laws if state senators follow the House's Monday action. The House voted 127-0 to change state law to match newly enacted federal tax legislation, saving taxes for 55,000 teachers, 90,000 homeowners,...
February 12, 2013 - 6:00am
April 18, 2012
Legislative Notebook: Senate approves more Minnesota fireworks
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota skies could soon be lighting up on more than the Fourth of July. State senators Tuesday approved a bill expanding legal fireworks 41-22. Some senators made fireworks sounds during the vote. Democrat Sens. Dave Tomassoni of Chisholm and Keith Langseth of Glyndon,...
April 18, 2012 - 9:31am
April 5, 2012
Legislative Notebook: House OKs moving primary election to June
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans could cast primary election ballots in June two years from now after just two years of August voting. Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, switched her vote as voting ended Wednesday to give the proposal a 66-65 win in the full House. It is contained in a broader...
April 5, 2012 - 8:25am
January 22, 2011
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: GOP, Dayton get along, but don't agree
ST. PAUL -- Early indications are that Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Laborite governor and Republican legislative leaders are doing as the old saying goes: "disagree without being disagreeable." There have been some strong words from both sides in recent days, but nothing like has...
January 22, 2011 - 12:29pm
January 17, 2011
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: No one knows who packs at Capitol
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's meeting with legislative leaders over security issues has been pushed back a few days, but some lawmakers feel pretty safe in the Capitol as it is. Dayton wants to meet with lawmakers to discuss Capitol safety after the Arizona shootings raised...
January 17, 2011 - 9:12am
January 14, 2011
Correction for Political Notebook item
A Political Notebook item (published on the Echo Press website last Sunday) about a new federal food safety law incorrectly identified where Shirley Almer of Perham died. She was in a Brainerd nursing home when she became ill from a bad batch of peanut butter, which her son said...
January 14, 2011 - 2:44pm
January 9, 2011
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Business gets some legislative loving
ST. PAUL -- Republicans who control the Minnesota Legislature are showing the importance they place on businesses. Soon after the Minnesota Legislature started its 2011 session, the state Chamber of Commerce was testifying. The two top chamber officials told the Senate Jobs and Economic...
January 9, 2011 - 3:54pm
January 1, 2011
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Minnesotans should not expect quick legislation
ST. PAUL -- May 23 is the date Minnesotans interested in following the Legislature should remember. That is the last day the state constitution allows lawmakers to meet in regular session.
January 1, 2011 - 10:12am
December 18, 2010
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Tax bill makes strange alliances
ST. PAUL -- The most significant federal tax bill in years passed Congress, and produced strange political bedfellows. Who would have imagined that conservative Tea Party star U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman would side with liberals Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum against a tax measure?...
December 18, 2010 - 11:25am
September 25, 2010
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Horner gets credibility in governor race
ST. PAUL -- Tom Horner is a long way behind the two leaders in Minnesota's governor race, but the way his opponents talk about him makes it obvious they are concerned. The Independence Party hopeful is the target of a new Minnesota Republican Web site at www.liberaltomhorner.com....
September 25, 2010 - 12:15pm
September 18, 2010
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Budget plans full of blanks
ST. PAUL -- One of political reporters' great frustrations of any governor campaign, or any campaign for that matter, is a lack of details about what candidates would do if elected. Political reporters think voters want to know how candidates would handle programs that affect th...
September 18, 2010 - 7:35am
July 11, 2010
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Emmer gets plenty of tips
ST. PAUL -- Tom Emmer's assertion that restaurant servers may make $100,000 a year provided politicians, commentators and political reporters plenty to chew on in recent days. His comment came as he called for a law change to lower the minimum wage for workers who receive tips.
July 11, 2010 - 8:26am