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Council votes to censure Batesole
Dancing ordinance is on the way out
Legislators honored at council meeting
Alexandria restaurants get scam phone calls
Law Enforcement Blotter: Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23
Moorhead wins Substate 14 title over Bemidji
Viking Speedway: Zach Johnson moves from ninth to first in Modified feature
Legion Baseball: Alex season ends with loss to Bemidji
Snowmen run over Bismarck into semis
Legion Baseball: Alexandria falls to Moorhead, survives through Saturday
Loose Change to deliver free concert
Alexandria chaplain serves those in military service
VFW Auxiliary to host salad luncheon
Engaged - Friedrichs and Werk
Engaged - Batcher and Janssen
Engaged - Berglin and Kolden
Engaged - Gearman and Whiting
Wedding - Karthikeyan and Freborg
Should have got a bigger net: Eight-year old lands 50-incher on Miltona
Mike Frisch: Froggin' for big bass
Plenty of panfish for annual Senior Fishing Day
A booming bass bite: Local tournament circuit finds success on area lakes
Morken: Summer deer-hunting work will pay off in the fall
David "Dave" A. Dittberner
Charles S. "Chuck" Harris
Clifford W. Wunderlich
Commentary Sandcastles and trespassing on Lake Ida
It's Our Turn: Dare to do a random act of kindness
Letter: Welcome sign needs attention
Views by the Echo Press Editorial Board: Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
Letter: State's budget process is concerning
Millerville gets hands-on with butter
Tractors to parade down 36 mile memory lane
Douglas County 4-H campers
Cattlemen invite public to July 11 get-together
4-H announces K-3 summer camps
Aagard expands to pull all workers into one building
A new place for ink opens in Alexandria
Author Faith Sullivan to sign books in Alexandria
Knute Nelson partners with Centrex Rehab, adds memory care unit
Glenwood State Bank joins top workplace list
hires and promotions
On The Street
April 22, 2017
Letter: New buffer law will create problems
To the editor: The implementation of a new law will damage ecosystems in Minnesota by elevating phosphate levels in Minnesota waters. Phosphate has been identified as the most important cropland nutrient to prevent from reaching surface water. High phosphate levels cause algae blooms...
April 22, 2017 - 9:12am
April 7, 2017
Letter: Lessons from the Civil War
To the editor: One tragedy of the Civil War was the many painful deaths caused by gangrene due to unsanitary conditions. This is why today cleansing the wound prior to bandaging is practiced. Believing a good bandage will clean a dirty wound is absolutely false. In all the contentious...
April 7, 2017 - 5:17pm
March 22, 2017
LETTER: Please don't litter
To the editor: This winter I found a lot of garbage on the ice when I was fishing with my dad. This made me sad to see garbage on the ice, because it will sink into the water and pollute the lake. I picked up a whole bag of garbage this year. Next year, I want everyone to please clean...
March 22, 2017 - 8:00am
March 15, 2017
Cities object to high sewage treatment plant costs
ST. PAUL — The 1,700-population community of Osakis could find itself paying $11 million in sewage treatment plant work, a cost one city official...
March 15, 2017 - 6:16pm
March 8, 2017
LETTER: Environmental review is critical for livestock operations
To the editor: It was with great dismay that I learned that the Minnesota House and Senate are proposing bills, House File 1456 and Senate File 1016, which will increase the number of livestock from 1,000 to 2,000 before an environmental impact sheet will be required for the approval...
March 8, 2017 - 8:00am
February 3, 2017
COMMENTARY: Zebra mussels are mucking up our lakes
By Greg Henry, Otter Tail County Water Planner 2007-2012, Douglas County Water Planner 2012-2016
February 3, 2017 - 8:00am
Two local companies cited for pollution violations
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency lists cases in Douglas County among the 43 enforcement cases statewide in the fourth quarter of 2016. Penalties from all 43 cases, in 24 counties throughout Minnesota in the fourth quarter, totaled just under $260,000. In all of 2016, the MPCA...
February 3, 2017 - 7:00am
January 25, 2017
Comment period extended for three Osakis lakes
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has extended the public comment period about a water quality improvement report for Smith Lake, Faille Lake and Lake Osakis. The report, known as a Total Maximum Daily Load, focuses on pollution caused by excess nutrients, mainly phosphorus,...
January 25, 2017 - 9:00am
LETTER: Hungry fish would eat the lake clean
To the editor: Instead of removing the carp from Lake Winona, what if we requested the DNR to stock it with a couple hundred tons of hungry carp and bullheads each spring for, say, five years, to plow up the nutrient-laden muck that has accumulated from a century of pollution? At...
January 25, 2017 - 8:00am
January 18, 2017
LETTER: Restoring water quality on lakes is up to citizens
To the editor: I am writing to outline Minnesota's water protection process. Citizens test waters they are concerned about to document their condition. Occasionally, Minnesota Pollution Control provides grant funding. If enough samples are documented as polluted, the water will be...
January 18, 2017 - 8:00am
January 9, 2017
Treatment plant costs could skyrocket
New state requirements call for the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District to install a new treatment process that would cost more than $10 million — much higher than the state's estimate of $5.6 million. That's what Bruce Nelson, district director, told the Alexandria City...
January 9, 2017 - 10:21pm
January 4, 2017
LETTER: Whose job to monitor water?
To the editor: We attended the county commissioners' meeting on Dec. 20, regarding the feedlot in Millerville Township. We were told we were not allowed to speak at this meeting, that we had a chance at the public meeting the week before. Each person was allowed two minutes to talk...
January 4, 2017 - 8:00am
December 30, 2016
LETTER: Should raise water quality standards
To the editor: I am writing to express my concern for protecting our water quality here in Alexandria and the surrounding community. The abundance of water we have here in Minnesota is perhaps our most precious gift. Our community depends on having good quality water, which in turn...
December 30, 2016 - 7:00am
December 21, 2016
LETTER: Misleading comments distract from challenge
To the editor: We, the Water Quality Committee of Douglas County Lakes Assn., feel compelled to respond to the Friday, Dec. 9 article, "City presents wish list to legislators." With many polluted lakes and dozens of clean lakes, our community faces tough choices. As urban development...
December 21, 2016 - 7:00am
Big concern, big cost: Cleaning Lake Winona
Cleaning up Alexandria's Lake Winona will take some time, new efforts from the city and property owners, and millions of dollars. It's that last...
December 21, 2016 - 6:00am