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Truck hauling hazardous chemicals catches fire; homes near Paynesville evacuated
Man sentenced to five years in prison after shotgun confrontation
For mother of missing Alexandria girl, 'worst feeling ever'
Updated: Two children injured in ATV rollover north of Millerville
Search uncovers body of missing 29-year-old man in Brainerd
Football: B-E ready to make next step
Next man up: Empting takes over at QB after Roste's three-year run
A promise kept: Plan started at the Viking Speedway is rekindled after the death of a friend
Matt Cullen comes home to play for the Wild
Twins activate former All-Star closer Perkins
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Vacation transformation at Good Shepherd Church
Alexandria's Enterprise plays courthouse concert
Faith Happenings: Running legend to speak at Faith @ Work Lunch
Johnson - Engebretson
Morken: Habitat key to curbing coyotes' effect on fawns
DNR report: Fewer small game hunters buy licenses in 2016
Morken: Death of Bosek hits hard for many
Plenty of deer harvest opportunities locally
DNR sees illegal use of hydraulic jets on more local waters
John "Jack" McLaughlin
Delores M. Johnson
Jennifer R. Lorenz-Billings
THUMBS UP/THUMBS DOWN: Views of the Echo Press Editorial Board
Echo Press Editorial: Blank page speaks volumes
Observations from the Archives: 1967: Fair features racing ostrich-pulled carts
Commentary: City doesn't have right to ban new wells
In the Know: Pay attention to city, county budgets
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
Millerville gets hands-on with butter
Tractors to parade down 36 mile memory lane
Grant helps Glenwood with downtown facelift
Leadership change at Runestone Museum
Schwan's announces acquisitions as frozen food company beefs up its pizza business
Aagard expands to pull all workers into one building
A new place for ink opens in Alexandria
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December 3, 2010
Column - Black Friday was eye-opening
I'm not a big shopper but I decided to see for myself what Black Friday is all about. I expected big crowds of eager bargain hunters - some of them, perhaps, a little too eager - along with some long lines and a little confusion. I was blown away. When my wife and I approached...
December 3, 2010 - 12:00am
November 24, 2010
Shopping while on the job? Be prepared for consequences
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just days away, workers who plan to bargain hunt while on the clock should do so with caution. Nearly half (48 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed by Robert Half Technology said they block access to online shopping sites; another...
November 24, 2010 - 9:36am
November 21, 2010
Avoiding holiday debt - more consumers using cash and debit cards
Thinking about using cash or debit cards over the holiday shopping season? You're not alone! That's what most people -- or 70 percent -- will be using for their gift purchases, according to a new survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, of which LSS of Minnesota...
November 21, 2010 - 12:14pm
June 18, 2010
Alexandria ranks high for pulling in shoppers
Although it may be smaller than other cities, Alexandria's retail industry packs a punch. In fact, a new report shows that Alexandria's retail...
June 18, 2010 - 12:00am
May 28, 2010
Better Business Bureau launches service to protect online shoppers
The Better Business Bureau has partnered with Azigo, a leader in user-centric technologies, to launch a new online search tool designed to help consumers find businesses they can trust when they research and shop online. The BBB's Accredited Business Locator is powered by Azigo's...
May 28, 2010 - 12:00am
March 24, 2010
Editorial - Ten reasons to keep shopping at home
An Alexandria business owner sent us something that he said should be printed every week to remind people about how important it is to shop locally. The information, "Ten Reasons to Shop Local," is originally from Tim Mitchell, included in the Northwest Earth Institute's Choices...
March 24, 2010 - 12:00am
March 12, 2010
Relax, stay awhile
People going to the Viking Plaza Mall may find themselves lingering a bit longer these days. New improvements are encouraging shoppers to stay...
March 12, 2010 - 12:05am
December 11, 2009
Shopping for children's gifts? Try these educational ideas
Editor's note: The following information was provided by the West Central Initiative (WCI) and the Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative. Are you at a loss for what to give that special child in your life? Sure, there's plenty to choose from - we're bombarded with toy gift ideas...
December 11, 2009 - 12:00am
November 29, 2009
BBB advises caution on Cyber Monday; anyone can create a website
After a heavy day of shopping at the malls on Black Friday, consumers will be looking to find some deals on the Internet on what has been called Cyber Monday - the Monday after Thanksgiving. According to Shop.org, 84 percent of retailers will have a Cyber Monday promotion this year,...
November 29, 2009 - 11:52am
November 26, 2009
Editorial - Black Friday advice: Shop smart, local
Today is "Black Friday" - traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. It's a day when shoppers can scoop up all kinds of bargains but they can also get burned. Before we get into some shopping tips provided by the Better Business Bureau, here's our best advice for the day:...
November 26, 2009 - 12:00am
Stop-N-Shop event helps Relay for Life
The Douglas County Relay for Life will be sponsoring the annual Stop-N-Shop on Thursday, December 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alexandria Armory. Numerous independent consultants will be available under one roof, offering something for everyone just in time for Christmas shopping. Bring...
November 26, 2009 - 12:00am
September 2, 2009
Editorial - Seven ideas to add to your back-to-school shopping list
With the first day of school less than a week away for most Douglas County students, now is a good time to set some academic goals for the future. Instead of focusing solely on getting good grades - or in some instances, just passing on to the next grade level - parents and their...
September 2, 2009 - 12:00am
August 19, 2009
Tomorrow's mall: Viking Plaza - Management hopes to add entrance, make many improvements
Imagine a shopping mall with a park-like atmosphere - inside and out. Shoppers driving into the mall don't just see a parking lot. There's a...
August 19, 2009 - 12:05am
July 15, 2009
Shop Alexandria? You bet! It has the highest 'pull factor' in the state
When it comes to pulling shoppers into town, Alexandria is tops. In fact, Alexandria has the highest retail sales "pull factor" in the state, according to a recently released report. The "Alexandria and Douglas County Retail Trade Analysis" was compiled by the University of Minnesota...
July 15, 2009 - 12:00am
January 14, 2009
Place your own classified ad
Looking for a quick, convenient way to sell that fish house, computer or variety of other items? The Echo Press has made it easier for its customers to place a classified ad. It now offers customers an option to place and pay for a classified ad online at its Web site, www.echopress.com. "We...
January 14, 2009 - 12:00am