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Fergus Falls to get $3.5 million for demolition of historic former state hospital
Elementary students have their day
Baseball: Olson’s homer sparks B-E, but Eagles hold on
Baseball: Cardinals look toward the playoffs after a CLC title
Softball: WCA captures subsection crown with matching 7-3 wins
Horseshoe League standings: Week one
Boys golf: Osakis’ season ends at the 5A meet
A big heart: Forada firefighter loved helping everyone
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Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Arnie & Linda Beulke
Anika Dale Wolfe
Wrapping up a memorable turkey season
A shiner shortage: Why the popular walleye bait is hard to find
Updated: Cool water temps make for a tough walleye bite on opener
Morken: Fishing by the numbers
Mike Frisch: Tips for the walleye opener
Laura Mae Toft
Marjorie A. Marso
Richard Matthew Suchy
IN THE KNOW: How to curb the opioid crisis
LETTER: Citizens define gun safety issue
1968: Rotary sponsors measles immunizations
LETTER: Hospital erred in name change
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
New Starbucks coming to Alexandria
On The Street
Chamber Ambassadors recognize two local businesses
Economist: U.S. well positioned
Most on board with new hospital name
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September 15, 2017
Feds allow more time for comment on Internet access
Do rural and low-income Americans need broadband Internet service running to homes and businesses? Or is mobile Internet good enough? Americans now have extra time to weigh in on that issue. The Federal Communications Commission, which is considering that question, has extended its...
September 15, 2017 - 5:57am
July 21, 2017
Rep. Peterson: Rural America's critical infrastructure needs include broadband, flood control
ST. PAUL—Infrastructure is becoming a Washington, D.C. hot topic. And no one is discussing it more than rural America's lawmakers. "A...
July 21, 2017 - 12:36pm
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