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Council approves indoor ban on e-cigarettes
Alexandria unveils new logo
City eyes tax-forfeited property for affordable housing
Cache of bombs discovered near Minnesota hunting cabin
Law Enforcement Blotter: Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22
Volleyball: Alex, Osakis, Parkers Prairie, WCA host openers with playoffs set
Blizzard Hockey: Alex teamwork scores another win
Sports schedule for Saturday, Oct. 21
Football: Panthers lose final regular season game
Alex swimming: Youth movement taking shape
Public speaking group to form
Antics for All Ages: the Halloween Howler version
Alexandrian named to '50 over 50' list of exceptional Minnesotans
Jerome & Irene Hagen
Gene & Mary
Pheasant opener: Better than numbers might indicate
Region 9 hosts snowmobilers fall workshop
Jackson's first hunt success
Jennie Lake re-established as a waterfowl refuge
Morken: Trying to master scent control
Richard "Rick" T. Ackerman
Richard W. Mertens
LETTER: The 'rest of the story' about party of racists
OUR TURN: A wish list for Alexandria
LETTER: Concerts provide rich source of enjoyment
EDITORIAL: A gun bill that needs to be passed pronto
COMMENTARY: Mentally ill fall through the cracks
Going far with 4-H horses
4-H dogs and young handlers take home awards
Putting your garden to bed
Palmer amaranth crops up in Todd County
Farmer deadlines approaching
Tennessee Roadhouse closes, owners file bankruptcy
On The Street
Summit to showcase young, regional companies
Alexandria Industries commits $36,000 to car program
New Bethany owners envision upgrades
hires and promotions
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October 18, 2017
Putting your garden to bed
Fall is a bittersweet time of beginnings and endings. Bright yellow school buses abound as children start a brand new school year. Rose bushes burst with their last colorful blossoms; tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are plentiful; and my kitchen is filled with the mixed aromas of...
October 18, 2017 - 2:46pm
October 10, 2017
Tightly spiraled worms? You've got millipedes!
In recent days I have had many homeowners call, send photos and come in with samples of brown, tightly curled worms found in the garden, along...
October 10, 2017 - 3:55pm
September 22, 2017
Good news, bad news for fall: Maples should be healthy, oaks maybe not
Are maple trees in Douglas County sick and in danger because they are turning color early and their leaves are dropping to the ground? Robin...
September 22, 2017 - 1:32pm
August 18, 2017
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
August 18, 2017 - 6:15am
August 9, 2017
There's still time to plant veggies
If your garden is running low on some of your favorites, don't fret! There is still plenty of time to plant vegetables for a fall harvest. In Alexandria, our average first frost date falls roughly around October 1, which leaves us a good 45 days to get things growing. Add to this...
August 9, 2017 - 5:22am
June 8, 2017
Many options for shade plants
I've recently received many calls from people who are struggling to find plants that bloomed in the shade. They were surprised to hear that there are choices beyond hostas and impatiens. In fact, there are quite a few shade loving plants that can add color and texture to your garden,...
June 8, 2017 - 9:36am
May 31, 2017
What's going on with the evergreens??
Many of our local conifers are really beginning to look ragged, and the questions have come pouring in! To determine why your tree is ailing,...
May 31, 2017 - 7:24am
May 17, 2017
Master gardeners plant sale coming up
On Saturday, May 20, the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County will host their Annual Spring Plant Sale at the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria. At 9 a.m. there will be a presentation on Texture in the Garden, followed by the sale starting promptly at...
May 17, 2017 - 5:08am
May 11, 2017
Crabgrass prevention in your home lawn
The annual harbinger of spring has arrived. The spring lawn care questions have begun in earnest, specifically, when to start treating for crabgrass. If you want to preemptively strike out against this menace, the following information should help in your home lawn defense.
May 11, 2017 - 4:07pm
April 12, 2017
Robin Trott: Five steps to conserving water in your garden
Knowing when to water and how much to water is a challenge for any gardener. Too much water at the wrong time and place can cause fungal disease. Not enough water in the right place can lead to stunted, stressed plants susceptible to disease and insect infestation. To get your garden...
April 12, 2017 - 7:08pm
March 22, 2017
Organic Gardening Club to host barn dance
The University of Minnesota Morris Organic Gardening Club will host a barn dance featuring Rupert's Land Band and contra/square dancing on Friday, March 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Oyate Hall in the University of Minnesota, Morris Student Center. The cost is $2. Children get in free....
March 22, 2017 - 9:00am
March 8, 2017
Selecting fragrant flowers for your cutting garden
When it comes to selecting flowers to plant in my garden, I am always looking for scented varieties that bring the fragrance of the garden into my home. So many beautiful cultivars have had their sweet aroma bred right out of them. I am always disappointed upon discovering that a...
March 8, 2017 - 11:00am
March 1, 2017
Choosing a garden style
The first question you should ask yourself when planning a new garden is, "Why do I want a garden?" Maybe you have a shady spot where grass won't grow but hostas and ferns would. Perhaps you have fond memories of your grandmother's cottage garden, full of color and texture. You might...
March 1, 2017 - 10:00am
February 22, 2017
It's fruit tree pruning time
Now is the time to start pruning your fruit trees. Pruning your trees while they are in dormancy reduces the possibility of fire blight in crabapples, apples and pears, as well as minimizing canker diseases in cherries and plums. A good pair of pruning shears is probably one of your...
February 22, 2017 - 9:00am
Save the date: garden education opportunities available
So many garden education opportunities, so little time. This is a reminder of the many offerings available in the coming months: Come Grow With Us at West Central Research and Outreach Center, AgCountry Auditorium, Morris. Classes are free and open to the public: • Wednesday, March...
February 22, 2017 - 9:00am