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Vandals smash sinks at Alexandria park
Alexandria man suspected of supplying heroin in Fergus Falls overdose case
Level three sex offender moving to Brandon
Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, June 23
An Alexandria voice at the U of M
Legion baseball: Seven late runs lead Glenwood past Osakis
SUPing off the beaten path
A chance to ride
Bursting onto the scene: Alex eighth-grader finishes off impressive trap season with big final shoot
Legion baseball: Alex sweeps at Perham
Mikkelson to host citywide prayer gathering
First Lutheran welcomes new pastor
#ProsperityHabit brings color to art exhibit
The Jolly Zuks bring polka to concert on the lawn
Anthony Miltich and Friends kick off celebration
Kristin Rose Elmer of Duluth and Nathaniel Thomas Vetter of Prior Lake announce their engagement.
Births - June 17, 2016
Engaged - Shimota and Holm
Engaged - Doty and Johnson
Births - June 10, 2016
Alex's John and Drake Herd pull out top prize at Lake Osakis Walleye Tournament
One for the wall
Walgrave's big day
Mickelson's big pike
Reducing some rough fish
Betty G. Steinbring
Inez Trueman (Gandrud)
Sandra R. Hinderschied
Duwayne Allen Averill
COMMENTARY: What the new SAT really means for teachers and parents
COMMENTARY: Safe at Home can help victims of domestic violence
LETTER: Can constitutional government survive?
COMMENTARY: What it takes to be an effective citizen
LETTER: Let’s be Douglas County nice
Value added producer grants available
How to plant a tree
Producers should file crop certification report
Local work meeting scheduled in Douglas County
Gardening tips: Add sparkle to your landscape
Golfers raise $17,000 in support of United Way
First Security Bank awards student scholarships
Better Business Bureau hopes to mute speaker scam
Servpro opens doors to local area
K-LAKES Radio hits the airwaves
Hires and Promotions
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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...
opinion / commentaries
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...
News / region
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...
News / region
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....
News / region
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.
News / region
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
April 27, 2010
Photo/video contest includes Douglas County
What does a shining future for west central Minnesota look like to you? Do you envision growing business? Flourishing communities? Thriving children? Engaged leadership? Clean lakes? Green energy? West Central Initiative (WCI) is interested in finding out. The foundation is launching...
April 27, 2010 - 10:37am