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‘She’s all of ours’: Candlelight vigil and prayer service held for missing teen
Ready, set, mow! Lawn mowers become battle-tested at fair
Weekend rain strains sewer plant's capacity
Law Enforcement Blotter: Thursday, August 17
Sports schedule for Saturday, Aug. 19
Sports schedule for Friday, August 18
Football: B-E ready to make next step
Next man up: Empting takes over at QB after Roste's three-year run
A promise kept: Plan started at the Viking Speedway is rekindled after the death of a friend
Christian group forms to challenge government corruption, tyranny
Knute Nelson to celebrate Alexandria's seniors
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Habitat for Humanity dedicates two new homes
Photo of the Week
Johnson - Engebretson
Morken: Habitat key to curbing coyotes' effect on fawns
DNR report: Fewer small game hunters buy licenses in 2016
Morken: Death of Bosek hits hard for many
Plenty of deer harvest opportunities locally
DNR sees illegal use of hydraulic jets on more local waters
James "Jim" K. Davern
Orvis L. Jibben
John "Jack" McLaughlin
Delores M. Johnson
THUMBS UP/THUMBS DOWN: Views of the Echo Press Editorial Board
It's Our Turn: Will we let hatred divide us?
Letter: We need to work and pray together
Commentary: Think of the possibilities new school would bring
Echo Press Editorial: Blank page speaks volumes
Tomato tasting at the library
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
Millerville gets hands-on with butter
Minnesota adds 7,700 jobs in July; unemployment rate unchanged
Grant helps Glenwood with downtown facelift
Leadership change at Runestone Museum
Schwan's announces acquisitions as frozen food company beefs up its pizza business
Aagard expands to pull all workers into one building
hires and promotions
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July 21, 2017
Letter: State's budget process is concerning
To the editor: The state Legislature has taken the governor to court. How did we get here? The process this year has me concerned. The Legislature passed two budget bills. The first one was done late April or early May and the governor sent it back, signing none of it. The second...
July 21, 2017 - 10:35am
June 23, 2017
Dayton agrees to fund Legislature until October, as court case continues
ST. PAUL — Faced with the possibility of the Senate shutting down this summer and the House closing up shop shortly thereafter, Gov. Mark Dayton empowered his attorney to negotiate to fund the Legislature — even as the Legislature is suing him for vetoing its funding....
June 23, 2017 - 10:00pm
June 22, 2017
After budget veto, Minnesota Senate plans to shut down in July; House in September
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Senate plans to shut down in July and the House in September in response to Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of legislative funding, the Legislature told a district court Thursday, June 22. Last month, Dayton vetoed the $130-million, two-year budget for the Legislature...
June 22, 2017 - 8:25pm
June 13, 2017
Minnesota Legislature sues Mark Dayton over legislative funding
The Minnesota House and Senate filed a lawsuit on Tuesday asking a judge to overturn Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of their funding for the next...
June 13, 2017 - 5:01pm
June 6, 2017
New Minnesota GOP chair aims to bring metro, rural factions together
BRAINERD, Minn.—The woman newly in charge of the Republican Party hopes to mend fences between the rural conservatives and the metro GOP...
June 6, 2017 - 9:46pm
June 2, 2017
US Rep. Nolan won't run for Minnesota governor
DULUTH, Minn. — U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan announced on Friday, June 2, that he will not run for Minnesota governor in 2018. Nolan, DFL-Crosby,...
June 2, 2017 - 11:10pm
May 26, 2017
Education funding up, but union urges veto
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Legislature approved nearly half a billion dollars in new public school funding late Thursday. So why is the teachers union calling for its veto? Policy changes included in the $18.8 billion education spending plan give school leaders new flexibility...
May 26, 2017 - 9:01pm
May 21, 2017
Demands fall, final budget nears
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers are dragging themselves toward their Monday finish line, making what Lt. Gov. Tina Smith called "slow, steady progress" on completing a two-year $46 billion state budget. To get it done, Democrats will have to let go of some of their demands for...
May 21, 2017 - 9:46pm
May 20, 2017
Work quietly proceeds on Minnesota state budget
ST. PAUL — With just days left before the Minnesota Legislature is forced to adjourn, the Minnesota Capitol was eerily quiet Saturday despite an unfinished budget. Rank and file lawmakers sat around the Capitol passing time as their party leaders hustled in and out of closed-door...
May 20, 2017 - 11:00pm
May 12, 2017
Letter: A grotesque abuse of power
To the editor: The President of the United States fired the FBI Director who was investigating said President. The explanation for this move — that it is in response to Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's emails — does not stand up to scrutiny, as the President praised...
May 12, 2017 - 3:47pm
May 11, 2017
City leaders urge Legislature to boost aid to cities
With the session deadline looming, Greater Minnesota city leaders held a press conference today to urge legislators to act on taxes, bonding...
May 11, 2017 - 2:29pm
May 10, 2017
Dayton vetoes Franson's anti-abortion bill
Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill authored by Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, that would have banned Medicaid or any other state-funded health...
May 10, 2017 - 6:04pm
Governor candidate Johnson targets greater Minnesota
ST. PAUL — Voters around greater Minnesota can expect to see a lot of Jeff Johnson. The 50-year-old Hennepin County commissioner and Detroit...
May 10, 2017 - 2:34pm
April 29, 2017
Republicans elect outsider Jennifer Carnahan to head party
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — In March 2016, Jennifer Carnahan attended her first Republican Party caucus. On Saturday, Carnahan became the Republican...
April 29, 2017 - 6:42pm
April 13, 2017
Mental health beds at risk in budget plan
A top Minnesota official has been traveling across the state this week to discuss the rural mental health crisis — and to decry proposed...
April 13, 2017 - 5:04pm