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'Good progress' reported on Highway 29 bridge in south Alexandria
Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, August 25
'Awesome' State Fair opens with more security
Motorcycle crash victim says gear saved his life
Search continues for victim as two boats collide on Park Rapids lake
Girls soccer: Tie tests Alex to begin season
Sports schedule for Friday, August 26
A chance for another title for Carlos Whitecaps
Hobie's new toy: Released in April, the Eclipse paddleboard draws intrigue
Boys soccer: Cards' attack jumps on East Grand Forks in opener
Underwater Art: Decoys on display in Evansville
Robby Vee finishes out summer concert series
Harper's Chord comes to Carlos Creek Winery
Alpha Course teaches basics of faith
Strive to be a foundation for others
Births - Aug. 26, 2016
Engaged - Hanson and Lund
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Stringer full of walleyes
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
A big bass for Beau
Carol J. Hansen
William 'Bill' Bretz
Clara "Clair" A. Gustafson
Bernard "Bernie" V. Dulski
Arland E. Hirman
COMMENTARY: What they're fighting over
COMMENTARY: Clean Power Plan will penalize Minnesota
IT'S OUR TURN: Recalling the dawn of the digital age; facing its challenges
EDITORIAL: Long wait for mental health care must be fixed
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
MMFCU concludes 60 Days of Giving campaign
Community solar program shining for REA
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
March 2, 2016
DFL, GOP agree on rural goals, but not the means
Democratic and Republican legislators agree on many goals for rural Minnesota, but often differ on how to reach them. House Democrats unveiled...
March 2, 2016 - 12:00am
December 11, 2015
COMMENTARY: Rural hospitals at risk
By Alan Morgan, CEO, National Rural Hospital Assn., Leawood, Kansas Many rural hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of rising costs. Fifty-eight have closed since 2010 and many more may follow if the pharmaceutical industry gets its way and dismantles a little-known...
December 11, 2015 - 12:00am
September 5, 2014
Letter: Moving rural America forward
To the editor: In January, President Obama declared that despite Congressional logjams, “America does not stand still - and neither will I. So, wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for American families, that’s what I’m going to do.” The...
September 5, 2014 - 12:00am
August 28, 2013
Letter: Rural residents likely eligible for cost sharing
To the editor: On October 1, 2013, many Americans will begin purchasing insurance from health insurance marketplaces. As they begin to research and purchase insurance, millions for the first time, the cost in premiums for their choice of coverage will be a major consideration. Affordability...
August 28, 2013 - 9:23am
July 5, 2013
Rural telephone companies not to blame for dropped calls
Arvig is working with federal regulators to address the issue of long-distance telephone calls not completing to customers in the communities it serves.
July 5, 2013 - 12:00am
March 22, 2013
Bill aims to help small rural hospitals
The Minnesota House recently passed a bill that would allow for reimbursement of service in critical access hospitals across the state. Representative Jay McNamar (DFL - Elbow Lake), the chief author, worked with local hospitals to create a bill that worked for medical professionals...
March 22, 2013 - 12:00am
October 12, 2012
Rural issue talk rare in presidential campaign
As they campaign, presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney pretty much ignore rural-specific issues. It is not that they lack a chance to talk about such issues. Some of the major swing states are heavy on agriculture, and candidates often stop there, with Iowa and Wisconsin...
October 12, 2012 - 12:00am
September 20, 2012
Listening session planned in Morris on energy, arts, more
The Center for Small Towns, Morris Office of Sustainability, and other partners are working with Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) to hold a public event, "Sustainability in Western Minnesota Listening Session Series," on Tuesday, September 25 at the Stevens County Historical...
September 20, 2012 - 9:19am
May 2, 2012
State report shows metro liquor stores more profitable than those in rural areas
A new report shows that most city-owned liquor stores in Minnesota turned a good profit in 2010 - although the ones in the metro area are faring better than their rural counterparts. State Auditor Rebecca Otto released the 2010 Analysis of Municipal Liquor Store Operations this week,...
May 2, 2012 - 12:00am
January 14, 2012
Commentary: Proven program helps create rural jobs
In two short years the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP), administered through USDA, has proven to be a solid job creator in rural America. The program provides loan capital and technical assistance grants to small business development organizations to make loans and...
January 14, 2012 - 8:32am
August 28, 2011
Tour of experimental farm offers sustainable agriculture tips
The Rural Enterprise Center, University of Minnesota Extension and Rural Advantage is offering a tour of the center's experimental farm near Northfield. The "walk-n-talk" field day will take place on Wednesday, September 7, from 2 to 5 p.m.
August 28, 2011 - 11:39am
August 1, 2011
Report: Improved grid needed to harness more wind energy, jobs
A report released today by the Center for Rural Affairs, Connect the Dots: Transmission and Rural Communities, finds that expansion of the electric transmission grid is key to a clean energy future. And an improved grid is necessary to bring more wind energy online, creating rural...
August 1, 2011 - 9:57am
July 7, 2011
Report examines how Affordable Care Act will impact small towns
According to a new report released July 7 by the Center for Rural Affairs, nearly 15 million young adults (19-29 years of age) in America are without health insurance. However, the report estimates that over 12 million of that young adult uninsured population will obtain coverage...
July 7, 2011 - 12:39pm
October 16, 2010
USDA to issue conservation reserve payments to farmers, ranchers
U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Minnesota State Executive Director Linda Hennen reports that during this month, USDA will distribute approximately $100 million in annual Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to Minnesota's farmers and ranchers. ...
October 16, 2010 - 11:28am
August 24, 2010
Rural Minnesota waits for high-speed Internet
MINNEAPOLIS -- Gunflint Lodge is a place Minnesotans go to get away from the modern world, but owner Bruce Kerfoot says there is one modern amenity that he absolutely needs to maintain a strong business: high-speed Internet. Kerfoot told a high-speed Internet summit Tuesday that...
August 24, 2010 - 4:11pm