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BHS yearbook adviser on paid leave
Remembering the uncle he never met
AgweekTV: Better grilling
Education funding up, but union urges veto
Viking Speedway: Shaw wins nice payday, Miltona's Hellerman takes her first feature
Eagles Horseshoe League Standings
Trap Shooting: Perfect score from Brezina leads Alexandria shooters
Track and Field: Minnewaska, WCA battle in subsections
Baseball: Merritt tosses complete game in starting pitching debut
Still duty bound: Inspiration Peak Legion conducts military honors
Memorial Day events
Photo of the week
Learn about easy-to-grow veggies
Engaged - Bruzik and Johnson
Engaged - Teichert and Kelly
Engaged - Schmidt and Murray
Engaged - Harstad and Engebretson
Wedding - Von Bank and Hoelscher
Morken: Becoming a better bow hunter
Nice bass for Maeyaert
Fee increases added to final environment bill
Morken: Still time to fill that tag as toms continue to sound off
Minnesota opener: Slow going on Reno Saturday morning
Timothy D. Claussen
Kathleen Rose Kaar
It's Our Turn: Sharing a strong bond – recovery
Letter: March for Truth in Glenwood
Letter: Suicide should never be glorified
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press
Guest editorial: Take a bigger view of what's underwater
4-H trains youth as camp counselors
4-H'ers take the stage
Master gardeners plant sale coming up
Crabgrass prevention in your home lawn
Gardening Brown Bag series offered
Winery, brewery and distillery hope customers come crawling
Groundbreaking next week on mental health facility
On the Street
New Aagard program provides tool cabinets for employees
Chamber introduces new networking event
hires and promotions
On The Street
May 18, 2017
Guest editorial: More urban-rural unity needed
Editor's note: The following editorial was published in the Star Tribune on May 6 and was written by the Star Tribune Editorial Board. Reduce health insurance costs, even if it takes a public insurance option to do it. More widely available high-speed internet service. Safe and sufficient...
May 18, 2017 - 5:17am
March 30, 2017
Minn. grants nearly $24 million to grow rural transit
ST. PAUL — Bus services throughout greater Minnesota could add up to 100,000 service hours with extra funding from a new state grant. Lt....
March 30, 2017 - 1:45pm
March 29, 2017
Minnesota Farmers Union to host rural issues discussion
Minnesota Farmers Union has scheduled multiple meetings that will be held around the state of Minnesota that will discuss important issues affecting farmers and rural communities. One of these meetings will be held on Thursday, March 30, at 1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Courtyard...
March 29, 2017 - 6:00am
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