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Search for missing teen leads to three arrests in Alexandria
County board OKs refunding of hospital bonds
Alex is sweet spot for young families
Photo of the Week - Dog playing on melted ice
Pushing for a new identity
Sports roundup from Thursday, December 18
Cards continue their climb
Third period goals give Cards win
Osakis girls cruise past LPGE
Extra warmth for the holidays
Music video shoot reset for Monday
Veterans associations assist food shelf
You're invited to Christmas dinner
A gift of love
Engaged - Owen and Krause
Births - Douglas County Hospital through December 15, 2014
Births - Douglas County Hospital through November 30, 2014
Engaged - Pachan and Konzen
Engaged - Boyle and Sartore
Pheasant summit: Habitat improvements needed on private land
Controlling the common carp
Pheasant summit: Focus on improving private land habitat
Spring turkey hunting applications being accepted
Recipe for success: A look a few favorite venison recipes
Mayme Hokanson, 96
Memorial Service - Carl Kremer, 67
Reanie Mrnak, 87
Melvin Paradis, 75
Donald Huwe, 82
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press
It's Our Turn: Holiday birthday myths debunked
Letter: Turn technology off for child’s development
Letter: The value of a quarter has risen
Letter: No one else can do it for you
Photo contest features birds for all seasons
More wildlife habitat approved
Last minute gifts for the constant gardener
Greater protection for specialty crop growers
Grant money available for agriculture teachers
Marine Corps League collects "Toys for Kids"
Solar Skies to close in Alexandria
Just a Jaunt’s $500 passport winner announced
Slumberland helps families during holidays
New building will house plumbing company
Hires and Promotions
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October 23, 2013
Local 9th graders grab spotlight after shutdown ends
It was all about timing last week for a group of 9th graders on a field trip to Washington, D.C. Thirty-one students from Discovery Middle School and their eight chaperones arrived in D.C. on October 16, just as there was a sliver of hope that the federal government shutdown would...
October 23, 2013 - 8:54am
January 4, 2013
No shutdown, but tough session expected
ST. PAUL -- Newly elected conservative Republican Minnesota legislative majorities and a new liberal governor took office two years ago, setting the stage for rocky state budget negotiations that ended in a state government shutdown. Today, there is no shutdown talk as a new crop...
government / news / state
January 4, 2013 - 12:00am
March 30, 2012
Hunting, fishing licenses could be sold in shutdown
ST. PAUL -- Senators voted 41-24 Tuesday to keep hunting and fishing license sales going if state government shuts down like last summer. "I saw firsthand how people were hurt by not allowing them to buy a fishing license," Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, said about why he brought...
news / region / state
March 30, 2012 - 12:00am
July 23, 2011
State historical society museums, libraries reopen today
The Minnesota Historical Society, its museums, historic sites and library will reopen to the public today, Saturday, July 23, following the state of Minnesota government shutdown. All programs scheduled beginning Saturday will resume as initially planned. Hours of operation and...
Library / news
July 23, 2011 - 8:14am
July 22, 2011
Reform could bring GOP, Dayton together in 2012
ST. PAUL -- Looking back, it is hard to see much other than disputes between Minnesota's governor and legislative leaders. After all, they went 58 days beyond the Legislature's constitutional deadline before agreeing on a budget in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, including 20...
July 22, 2011 - 12:16pm
July 21, 2011
Westrom votes in favor of final budget bills to end shutdown
On Wednesday Governor Dayton signed into law the final budget bills passed by the House and Senate late Tuesday night in order to end the 20-day long shutdown; the longest shutdown in recent history. "I was pleased last week when Governor Dayton said he would drop his tax increases...
July 21, 2011 - 3:08pm
MnDOT begins startup as state government shutdown ends
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is restarting its operations today, following a 20-day state government shutdown. MnDOT officials advise that the process may take some time. "The first step is to get all of our people back to work," said MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel....
July 21, 2011 - 10:36am
Someplace Safe resumes services for victims of violence
Someplace Safe received word that domestic violence, sexual assault, and general crimes programs under the Minnesota Office of Justice were designated as essential services by special court order. It is resuming services in all of its nine outreach offices today, Thursday, July 21....
July 21, 2011 - 10:30am
July 20, 2011
Budget notes: Bars may buy alcohol again
Bits and pieces from the Minnesota budget debate and government shutdown: -- A bill legislators passed early Wednesday allows bars and restaurants with expired liquor-buying permits to continue to make alcohol purchases until July 31.
July 20, 2011 - 10:39am
Bonding bill deposits gifts around the state
ST. PAUL -- It's Christmas in July for Minnesota colleges and other state-owned facilities. Minnesota legislators early Wednesday approved $498 million worth of public works projects such as college building renovations, flood-fighting projects and developing the state's newest park. "It...
July 20, 2011 - 10:36am
Shutdown ends, but restart not immediate
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
July 20, 2011 - 10:00am
July 19, 2011
SHUTDOWN UPDATE: Special session starts today
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature begins voting on budget bill this afternoon, setting up the end to the state's longest government shutdown. Late this morning, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a proclamation calling lawmakers back into special session to pass the state budget. "We worked...
July 19, 2011 - 11:35am
Signs point to shutdown end as Capitol reopens
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Capitol doors swung open to the public this morning for the first time since June 30, one of several signs that a state government shutdown could be nearing an end. An even stronger sign was that three of the nine budget bills have been approved by Gov....
July 19, 2011 - 10:32am
Capitol opens, first spending bills surface
ST. PAUL - Signs that the Minnesota government shutdown soon may end are surfacing, but work remains. Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the state Capitol to open again at 9 a.m.
July 19, 2011 - 7:31am
July 18, 2011
First spending bills begin to surface
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans can begin to see how the state's two-year budget will look, but when a government shutdown will end remains unknown. The first two finished budget bills appeared on line at mid-afternoon Monday, with more expected to be posted through Tuesday. Negotiations...
July 18, 2011 - 4:04pm