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Law enforcement blotter: Wednesday, August 24
Princess Kay of the Milky Way crowned
Douglas County Hospital gets 'blue ribbon' for vaccination effort
Speaker: Officers are 'not normal; you're special'
Law enforcement blotter: Tuesday, August 23
Boys soccer: Cards' attack jumps on East Grand Forks in opener
Volleyball: Cards pass opening test against Bemidji
Osakis tennis runners-up at Highway 10 Open
Sports schedule for Thursday, August 25
99 holes to celebrate 99 years
Put the fun back in parenting
Walk raises awareness of congenital heart defects
AAHS students, alumni kick off Project 1440
Discovery Middle School hosts orientations, open house
Cunninghams win wing sauce contest
Engaged - Hanson and Lund
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
Engaged - Benning and Notch
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Stringer full of walleyes
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
A big bass for Beau
Carol J. Hansen
William 'Bill' Bretz
Clara "Clair" A. Gustafson
Bernard "Bernie" V. Dulski
Arland E. Hirman
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
LETTER: All are born in spiritual darkness
From the archives - 1966: Six boxes of contest butter to be auctioned off at county fair
EDITORIAL: Small towns can have big problems
LETTER: The same old arguments against Christianity
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Beach named editor of Echo Press
New rules implemented for telemarketers
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
August 24, 2016
New effort tries to draw more people into area
The city of Alexandria will hold a public meeting to present a new regional effort of recruitment in West Central Minnesota sponsored by West Central Initiative. It will take place Friday, August 26 at 10 a.m. at Alexandria City Hall, 704 Broadway. "This is an opportunity to partner...
August 24, 2016 - 12:00am
November 13, 2015
COMMENTARY: West Central Initiative is your Swiss Army knife for regional development
By Brad Barth, President, West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls Have you ever worked on a project you can’t complete because you don’t have the right tool? In community and economic development, the same thing can happen. West Central Initiative (WCI) is a regional community...
November 13, 2015 - 12:00am
October 23, 2013
Early childhood initiative celebrates 10 years
Ten years ago, West Central Initiative (WCI), along with its five sister Minnesota Initiative Foundations (MIF), formed the Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative (ECI). Thanks to a grant from The McKnight Foundation, the MIFs helped establish 90 community and county coalitions throughout...
October 23, 2013 - 8:50am
July 31, 2013
Boyer joins West Central Initiative board
West Central Initiative (WCI) welcomes Jessica Boyer to the WCI board of directors. Boyer is executive director of the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties and has lived and worked in Alexandria for seven years. She is an active member of the community through Lakes Area Professional...
July 31, 2013 - 12:00am
July 18, 2012
TSMA awarded grant form West Central Initiative
Tri-State Manufacturers' Association (TSMA) is one of six recipients of West Central Initiative's (WCI) first Competitive Workforce Grant awards. The new program will improve the economy of West Central Minnesota by providing one year of start-up funding for workforce development...
July 18, 2012 - 12:00am
July 11, 2012
WCI unveils new logo
West Central Initiative (WCI) has officially unveiled a new logo.
July 11, 2012 - 12:00am
November 7, 2010
Group tries to wipe out poverty
What does it take to wipe out poverty in Minnesota? A major step, says the group, A Minnesota Without Poverty, is to bring key players to the table - nonprofits, government officials, businesses, faith communities and concerned citizens throughout the state - to develop action plans. On...
November 7, 2010 - 11:58am
November 6, 2010
Meeting will address regional transportation needs
West Central Initiative (WCI) is hosting an open house to gather public input on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's future investment priorities for public transit in Greater Minnesota. The open house is Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at WCI, 1000 Western Ave., Fergus Falls....
November 6, 2010 - 1:40pm
November 5, 2010
Meeting will gather ideas about public transit
West Central Initiative (WCI) is hosting an open house to gather public input on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's future investment priorities for public transit in Greater Minnesota. The open house is Wednesday, November 10 at 10 a.m.
November 5, 2010 - 12:00am
October 22, 2010
West Central Initiative ranks in list of top public foundations
West Central Initiative (WCI) is ranked ninth on the Minnesota Council on Foundations' (MCF) newly released list of the state's top 25 community and public foundations for 2009. It is ranked 48th on MCF's top 50 Minnesota grantmakers by assets for 2009. WCI is a regional community...
October 22, 2010 - 12:00am
October 15, 2010
Alexandria photographers shine in 'Creating a Better Tomorrow' contest
Alexandria residents made a strong showing in West Central Initiative's photo/video contest, "Creating a Better Tomorrow for West Central Minnesota,"...
October 15, 2010 - 12:00am
June 16, 2010
Still time to enter WCI's photo contest
There's just one month left to enter your photos and videos in West Central Initiative's (WCI) "Creating a Better Tomorrow" contest. WCI is seeking photo and video entries that illustrate the theme: "Creating a Better Tomorrow for West Central Minnesota." The online contest runs...
June 16, 2010 - 12:00am
June 4, 2010
County gets mixed news about economy
Douglas County commissioners received good - and not-so-good - news from West Central Initiative representatives at last Tuesday's regular board meeting. The representatives - Greg Wagner and Tom McSparron - discussed the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), which...
June 4, 2010 - 12:00am
June 2, 2010
Economic development strategy for region open for public review
The regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), which is compiled yearly by West Central Initiative for nine counties in west central Minnesota, is available for public review and comment until June 21. Access the document at www.wcif.org/?CEDS. If you need a print...
June 2, 2010 - 12:00am
May 5, 2010
WCI offers online photo, video contest
What does a shining future for west central Minnesota look like to you? West Central Initiative (WCI) is interested in finding out. The foundation is launching a new juried photo and video contest for both amateur and professional photographers/ videographers. The goal is to find...
May 5, 2010 - 12:00am