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Law Enforcement Blotter: Nov. 22-23 (Sheriff only)
A mixed bag of property tax levies
Franken says he'll work to regain Minnesotans' trust as US senator
Jingling bells start Red Kettle Campaign
Historical society bake sale Dec. 1
Morken: Gophers basketball built for now and the future
Where are they now: Hasz sisters, Runge wrap up seasons at nationals
Boys basketball: Lakers hoping for a big start
Racing Across the Sky
Osakis girls basketball: New faces in place
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
College to show film about Rwanda war crimes
New Year's Eve in November for Newcomers
Dave & Jean Schonberg
Larry & Terry Sather
Mike Frisch: Lessons on fishing clearer waters
A rare mule deer sighting near Alexandria
DNR: Seven deer presumed positive for CWD in area 603 after initial test
Finally his turn
Opening morning memory
Susan Jean Erickson
Ann M. Nussbaum
Gary D. Nokes
LETTER: Franson has right to express her opinion
1917: Sudden roaring storm claims a life
OUR TURN: What are you thankful for?
LETTER: Supportive of Franson's tweet
LETTER: Disappointed with Franson's remarks
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
Dollar District closing Sunday, Nov. 26
On The Street
KCCO going away, but CBS signal may stay
Laven re-elected to the state chamber board
Alex born company now part of global high-tech firm
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