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Songs for the season
Fergus Falls man gets 12 years for murdering nephew
Osakis celebrates Christmas Downtown
House in Evansville catches fire
Search for missing teen leads to three arrests in Alexandria
Boys basketball: Cards falter late in loss to section power Detroit Lakes
Sports schedule for Monday, December 22
Sports roundup from Saturday, December 20
Sports roundup from Friday, December 19
Sports roundup from Thursday, December 18
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
Controlling the common carp
Pheasant summit: Habitat improvements needed on private land
Pheasant summit: Focus on improving private land habitat
Spring turkey hunting applications being accepted
Recipe for success: A look a few favorite venison recipes
Carl Kremer, 67
Mayme Hokanson, 96
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
Grant money available for agriculture teachers
Photo contest features birds for all seasons
More wildlife habitat approved
Last minute gifts for the constant gardener
Greater protection for specialty crop growers
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
On The Street
April 17, 2009
Commentary - Legislative survey says...
By Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, and Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake The results of the legislative survey we distributed in District 11A have been compiled and the percentages indicate local citizens want state government to get its own spending habits in...
April 17, 2009 - 12:00am
April 15, 2009
Commentary - Stop a dangerous undemocratic trend
By State Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake There is an alarming trend at the Capitol toward converting elected positions into appointed occupations. What bothers me about this is it goes against our system of government: of the people, by the people and for the people. There...
April 15, 2009 - 12:00am
April 1, 2009
Unusual testimony - State representative goes before the Senate
State Representative Torrey Westrom often discusses bills in legislative committees, but it usually occurs in Minnesota House committees. That...
news / state
April 1, 2009 - 12:00am
March 20, 2009
Commentary - Repealing mandates makes sense
By State Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake It is no secret we are in the midst of difficult economic times. That makes it more important than ever to continue seeking common-sense approaches to help smooth the rough patches. For example, there is a House bill to repeal...
opinion / state
March 20, 2009 - 12:00am
February 26, 2009
Alexandria Area lawmakers want state to send more convicts to private prison
ST. PAUL - Two Minnesota legislators from the Alexandria area want to move more prisoners from state facilities to a private prison, saving the state $12 million in the next two years. Others object, saying prisons should be a state, not private, enterprise. The 776 medium security...
February 26, 2009 - 1:53pm
January 16, 2009
Westrom: Governor's address lays strong foundation
State Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, issued the following news release today, Friday, regarding Governor Tim Pawlenty's State of the State Address: "Gov. Tim Pawlenty's State of the State Address on Thursday provided plans to not only resolve our current budget deficit,...
government / state
January 16, 2009 - 12:00am
December 17, 2008
Letter - Ideas wanted for session
To the editor: Minnesota's latest budget forecast is not good news: $5.2 billion in the red. We're faced with a $426 million deficit for the current biennium (ending June 30) and a $4.8 billion deficit for the coming 2009-2010 biennium. Minnesota citizens are sacrificing to make...
December 17, 2008 - 12:00am
May 23, 2008
Westrom, Otremba both see a lot to like about session
Although they're on opposite sides of the political aisles, the two House members representing Douglas County each claimed victories in the just-completed legislative session. Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, noted that some of the biggest things the Legislature accomplished...
May 23, 2008 - 12:00am