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Two people rescued from Lake Ida
Speed limits to increase on Highways 27, 114
One person injured in semi, SUV crash in Otter Tail County
Updated: Two people rescued from Lake Ida
Minnesota leaders look for ways to reduce health insurance premiums and 'reinsurance' may help
Boys basketball: Savageau's big day helps Osakis edge B-E
Basketball scores from Friday, Jan. 20
Wrestling: Braves get past Minnewaska in dual
Wrestling: Knights sweep three at KMS duals
Blizzard hockey: New Ulm rolls over Alex at the RCC
Fathers and daughters invited to Big Ole – Little Lena Ball
Zion Lutheran School celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week
Faith Column: The Sunday after and the days ahead
Compassion Center to host GriefShare
A peach of a show
Engaged - Christopherson and Dalluge
Engaged - Freier and Christopherson
Births - Jan. 13, 2017
Engaged - Fischer and Teague
Morken: Step up and take part in deer management
Perch: A top winter attraction
Locals catch big bull redfish near South Padre Island
Morken: One final lesson as another season slips away
PF release: New Continuous CRP SAFE acres started Jan. 1
John Lawrence Davis
William "Bill" Bahe
Hazel I. Kleven
Lisa M. Neubauer
Byron S. Gunderson
IT'S OUR TURN: Tough choices on sex abuse story
LETTER: Need better service on CR82
LETTER: Give Trump a chance
LETTER: Rare, unique opportunity
LETTER: Douglas County's child abuse rate is double statewide rate
Farmland rental rates dropping overall
Selecting seed for your garden
Cow/Calf Days Seminar Tour coming to the area
Irrigation Clinic to be held in Parkers Prairie
Winter Garden College: Tools to tackle yard and garden problems
KOOL-TV adds local weekend show
New specialty-trained orthopedic surgeon available in Alexandria
Operation Round Up grants awarded to 14 organizations
Osakis distillery plans cocktail room
Viking Savings Bank to rebrand with move to new location
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On The Street
The roadblocks to healthy houseplants
Houseplants have always been a challenge for me. I can't seem to remember to water them regularly and the dryness of our Minnesota winters really challenges the health of even the hardiest of my plants. If you have a house full of plants, or just a few treasures, here are a few tips...
November 23, 2010 - 12:00am
November 17, 2010
What to do when pests invade your pantry - first, locate the soure
The first hard frost has come and gone, and hopefully you have completed most of your fall garden chores. Now is the time to sit back, relax, and ponder the successes and failures of this season's garden, what you will do differently and what new additions will be included in next...
November 17, 2010 - 12:00am
November 3, 2010
Why is the grass orange?
In recent weeks, turfgrass rust has become a problem for Douglas County homeowners. Hopefully we have seen a seasonal end to this colorful infection. However, if you have been wondering why your lawn has an orange, yellow or brown tinge, or why your animals and shoes have been coated...
November 3, 2010 - 12:00am
October 27, 2010
Getting rid of common buckthorn
The recent beautiful fall weekend found me outside, working in my garden and marveling at the view from my hilltop. The maple leaves are brilliant orange and red, and the birches and aspen are golden yellow. Most of the native trees and shrubs found in woodlots, fencerows, windbreaks...
October 27, 2010 - 12:00am
October 6, 2010
Overwhelmed by winter squash?
A cool summer in Minnesota and much of the Midwest could result in fewer pumpkins for sale this fall. Canned pumpkin and fresh pumpkins are already in short supply at many grocery retailers in our area. Bad news for those of us who carve jack-o-lanterns and yearn for fresh pumpkin...
October 6, 2010 - 12:00am
September 29, 2010
Bugged by insects? Here's how to fight them
This unusually wet season has brought about an incredible hatch of Minnesota's unofficial state bird, the mosquito. You know they bite, and that insect spray is required most evenings, but how much do you really know about this seasonal pest? For instance, did you know: Minnesota...
September 29, 2010 - 12:00am
September 22, 2010
Autumn garden chores - harvesting, weeding
These crisp autumn days find me in my garden harvesting, weeding and preparing for next year's growing season. Some well spent time in your garden this fall will save you time next spring. The following list of fall garden chores will focus your efforts this season and give you some...
September 22, 2010 - 12:00am
September 10, 2010
The buzz on this nest
A reader sent in photos of a pair of nests that were built this year in birch trees near her home on Lake Brophy. The Echo Press did some further...
September 10, 2010 - 12:00am
September 8, 2010
Fall gardening workshop opportunities
I hope you have been surviving our recent very rainy weather without much damage. My office has seen better days. I came in this morning, not to find a plethora of specimens awaiting identification, but to find a flood all over my desk, computer and papers, stretching from my inner...
September 8, 2010 - 12:00am
September 1, 2010
'Fairy rings' appear on lawns
I love coming to work on Fridays. I just never know what might be waiting for me on my desk. This morning I had an assortment of oak galls, a very active brown spider (you'll be happy to know it wasn't a brown recluse) and many questions about mushrooms in lawns and, in particular,...
September 1, 2010 - 12:00am
August 18, 2010
Healthy tomatoes in your garden
After a slow start and curly leaves, my tomatoes have finally hit their stride! Tall and bushy, and loaded with green fruit, I can't wait to see that red blush and bite into my first Early Girl of the season. My evening garden walk includes close inspection for any early signs of...
August 18, 2010 - 12:00am
August 4, 2010
What's wrong with my plant?
This summer's weather has been so strange: hot and dry, cool and wet, and every combination in between. Vegetable gardens have been enjoying the moisture and warm weather, but so have many leaf spot pathogens. If you are seeing unusual leaves in your vegetable bed, here's a quick...
August 4, 2010 - 12:00am
July 28, 2010
Garden bus trip with master gardeners
On Thursday, August 5, the Douglas County Master Gardeners will once again sponsor a Garden Bus Tour. Come join us for an exciting day visiting several garden sites across the Twin Cities area. The bus loads at 7 a.m. at the Kmart parking lot in Alexandria and departs at 7:15 a.m....
July 28, 2010 - 12:00am
July 21, 2010
Horticulture Night at WCROC
Get ready to ROC! July 29 is the annual Horticulture Night at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. These gardens were established in 1920 on the current Morris campus and were moved to their current location in 1973. Today, the gardens have grown to include plantings...
July 21, 2010 - 12:00am
July 14, 2010
Prepare for invasion of summer pests
The warm, humid days of summer have finally arrived, and with them come a variety of insects that threaten our gardens. Colorado potato beetles, aphids, leaf hoppers, cucumber beetles and numerous others are very active this time of year, and many home owners choose to use insecticides...
July 14, 2010 - 12:00am