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Law enforcement blotter: Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26
Minn. college student remains missing
Congressman Walz enters Minnesota governor race
Bridge at Osakis exit closed starting today
SkillsUSA competition held Friday at ATCC
Sports schedule for Monday, March 27
Panthers' Denny looks forward with almost entire team intact from runner-up finish
Morken's musings: Reason to believe in Gophers future
Where are they now: Duwenhoegger wins MIAC shot put title
Paulson honored as Knights MVP
Alexandria Public School elementary students 'cash in' on creativity
Artists, crafters sought for Art of the Lakes tour
Love INC welcomes volunteer and Life Skills Class coordinator
Judy Slegh brings healing ministry to House of Prayer
Boy Scouts to conduct 29th annual Scouting for Food drive
Births - March 24, 2017
Births - March 17, 2017
Births - March 8, 2017
Engaged - Freiderich and Blumhoefer
Births - March 3, 2017
Mike Frisch: What's my walleye line?
Art of every size, shape and color
DNR release: Catch-and-release summer walleye season announced for Mille Lacs
Carvers coming to the RCC
Bald eagles migrating back to Minnesota
Clarence Raymond Lehn
Janice Carol Schultz
COMMENTARY: Proposed well ban could be disastrous
COMMENTARY: Bill promoted by NorthStar Christian Academy hurts Minnesota students
IT'S OUR TURN: Have you had 'the talk' yet?
FORUM EDITORIAL: Allow cameras in federal courts
IN THE KNOW: Alexandria is top micropolitan in Minnesota
Agriculture going strong in Douglas County
Douglas County Master Gardeners present Let's Get Growing workshop
Wussows named a Yieldmaster contest winner
Nominate a Farm Mom of the Year
Selecting fragrant flowers for your cutting garden
Cherry Berry closes
Edgewater Natural Family Medicine to host grand opening
Coffee lover branches out: Alexandria man turns roasting into a side business
Ecumen Bethany Community receives Customer Experience Award
Parkers Prairie bar and grill is first to serve liquor
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On The Street
March 15, 2017
Nominate a Farm Mom of the Year
Just as rural communities are the backbone of America, farm mothers play a vital and integral role on the farm, with their families, in their communities and across the entire agriculture industry. To honor the significant contributions these women make in their communities and beyond,...
March 15, 2017 - 9:00am
October 5, 2016
LETTER: Bring some 'Backerbone' to table
To the editor: A few letters have touted Jay McNamar's ability to cooperate with the metro. That could be an admirable goal. However, true cooperation means both sides get what they need without taking advantage of the other side. That isn't the case right now. For many agricultural...
October 5, 2016 - 1:00am
September 7, 2016
LETTER: Rural Minnesota doesn't need a Metro politician
To the editor: "What's good for Minneapolis is good for rural Minnesota," Jay McNamar stated on a recent radio interview. This seems to apply to many things. The light rail would be good for rural Minnesota because it only costs $128 million per mile once the lawsuits are over. So...
September 7, 2016 - 12:00am
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