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Five things to know from city council
Council hires garbage hauler, acts on other items
Council members, mayor get 10 percent bump
Updated: Rock legend Bobby Vee dies
Minnesota authorities seek new tips in 5-year-old death investigation
Area volleyball: Section play getting under way
Blizzard hockey: Steel run past Alex
Blizzard hockey: Alex routs Rochester 8-0
8-5A Football: Cards to face winner of Spuds, Lumberjacks
5AA football: Osakis to face Benson in section quarterfinals
In Pursuit of a Dream is performed across the area
The Bible: More reliable than any story in history
Celebrate the harvest with Applefest
Births - Oct. 21, 2016
Births - Oct. 14, 2016
Engaged - Schwab and Ronning
Engaged - Schmitz and Volesky
A memorable moose in Alaska
DNR Release: Lake Carlos State Park to offer snowshoe-lacing workshop
From the stand: Doe tagged on a perfect evening
Mike Frisch: Find the fish first
Lake Miltona hosting pro musky world championship
Gayle J. Gondek
Daniel Curtis Larson
Lorraine M. Essler
LETTER: Kulp shows strength, determination
LETTER: Sen. Westrom listens to constituents
LETTER: Westrom willing to 'go to the mat'
LETTER: Vote for growth and opportunity
IT'S OUR TURN: What does asthma feel like?
How to manage box elder bugs
2017 Minnesota Gardening calendars are now available
Wheat council seeks candidates for board of directors
Five ways to protect your garden from deer
Crops benefit from proper application of livestock manure
LAPW announces 2016 Employers of the Year
Alexandria among cheapest cities for car insurance
FAST adds large robotic welder to Glenwood facility
Alexandria credit unions team up to volunteer
Chamber Ambassadors visit three businesses
hires and promotions
On The Street
August 31, 2016
Farmers frustrated with Dayton communications
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.—First it was an effort to keep agriculture runoff out of the state's waters by the use of plant buffers, then last...
August 31, 2016 - 4:19pm
June 10, 2016
Pollution alert issued for Friday
By Forum News Service ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency warns that Friday air pollution will be dangerous for Minnesotans in the west, central and south. With temperatures expected in the low-to-middle 90s, and mostly sunny skies and light winds, the agency said ozone...
June 10, 2016 - 8:42am
May 25, 2016
Working buffers for water quality
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on working lands and water quality in Douglas County, written by Mae Petrehn, Douglas County Feedlot Coordinator and Andy Rice, Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District Technician There has been lots of talk about...
May 25, 2016 - 12:00am
May 11, 2016
LETTER: Need action to protect surface and ground water
To the editor: Thanks to the Echo Press team for your editorial on the need for action to protect and preserve our surface and ground water. You’ve brought attention to a problem that extends beyond Douglas County but one that may have its solution being born here. On April 29,...
May 11, 2016 - 12:00am
April 22, 2016
Minnesota’s commitment to biodiesel use has paid off with an impact on air quality, according to an analysis of the cleaner-burning fuel by the American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAMN). “I think the amount of air pollution we are preventing right now by blending biodiesel...
April 22, 2016 - 12:00am
March 18, 2016
LETTER: Standing up for clean water
To the editor: Here in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes and sky blue waters, we understand the importance of water. We recognize the blessings God has bestowed upon our state, in particular, the blessings of our land, soil, and water. Rural and small town America depend on water...
March 18, 2016 - 12:00am
February 5, 2016
Dayton vows to stop state from being 'another Flint'
Stating that he’s not going to allow Minnesota to become “another Flint, Michigan on a larger geographic scale,’’ Gov. Mark Dayton vowed...
February 5, 2016 - 12:00am
January 21, 2016
Pollution advisory issued for today
Minnesotans in the central and southern parts of the state could experience air pollution problems Thursday. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air pollution health advisory for those areas from early Thursday morning through early evening. Low clouds Wednesday night,...
January 21, 2016 - 7:53am
January 20, 2016
Dayton seeks $220M to improve water
Minnesota cities, especially small rural ones, ask the state for money almost every year to improve their sewage treatment systems. Same for...
January 20, 2016 - 12:00am
December 18, 2015
Dayton lays out conservation plan
Gov. Mark Dayton wants the state and the federal government to spend nearly $800 million to improve water quality by taking 100,000 acres out...
December 18, 2015 - 12:00am
May 22, 2013
Studies show chemicals detected in lakes and rivers
Two studies released by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) confirm that a wide variety of unregulated chemicals are ending up in Minnesota's lakes and rivers. The chemicals, including pharmaceuticals and personal care products, are of concern because many have properties...
May 22, 2013 - 12:00am
March 7, 2013
Air pollution advisory issued for much of Minnesota
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has issued an air pollution health advisory for the southern two-thirds of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metropolitan area and Rochester, effective Friday, March 8 through midday Saturday, March 9. Air quality monitors indicate...
March 7, 2013 - 4:01pm
February 14, 2013
MPCA offers help to businesses to reduce BPA exposure
An increasing number of retailers are offering receipts digitally via email or text, instead of on paper. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is launching a project to support this paperless receipt trend, for environmental and public health reasons. The goal is to reduce...
February 14, 2013 - 8:11am
February 9, 2013
MPCA invites comments on statewide permit that regulates construction stormwater
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) invites comments through March 20 on a permit that regulates construction stormwater throughout the state. Under the federal Clean Water Act and Minnesota law, the MPCA oversees a program to manage stormwater runoff from construction...
February 9, 2013 - 8:39am
November 17, 2012
Efforts to clean up Minnesota River pay off, says MPCA study
St. Paul, Minn. -The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is releasing results of testing on the Minnesota River that shows significant improvements in pollution levels in the river. "It's often difficult to show environmental gains because it can take decades to show significant...
November 17, 2012 - 10:17am