Skip to main content
5 charged for holding pregnant Minnesota woman at gunpoint who they thought was meth dealer
For the record
Burglary, chase suspect sentenced
Soul of a surfer
Highway 114 near Garfield to close
Junior Legion state baseball: Alexandria takes lessons from 0-2 trip
Local teams ready to compete for Region 16C title
Resorters veteran wins MGA Amateur Championship
Bison Bound: Brock Anderson commits to NDSU
A wish come true for Kennedi Hay
A sweet setup to fight cancer
Garden concert features New Orleans sound
Engaged - Friedrichs and Werk
Engaged - Batcher and Janssen
Engaged - Berglin and Kolden
Engaged - Gearman and Whiting
Wedding - Karthikeyan and Freborg
Big smallmouth caught on Miltona
Equipment switch does the trick
A sunny day on Cowdry
Should have got a bigger net: Eight-year old lands 50-incher on Miltona
Mike Frisch: Froggin' for big bass
Steven Brian Ignowski
Shirley Ann Faehnrich
Alvin E. Sibell
David "Dave" A. Dittberner
Letter: Medicaid cuts hurt rural seniors
Echo Press Editorial: Keep school debate on the high road
Commentary: Memories of a heroes' welcome home
In The Know: Preparing for emergencies
Commentary Sandcastles and trespassing on Lake Ida
Millerville gets hands-on with butter
Tractors to parade down 36 mile memory lane
Douglas County 4-H campers
Cattlemen invite public to July 11 get-together
4-H announces K-3 summer camps
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
Author Faith Sullivan to sign books in Alexandria
Knute Nelson partners with Centrex Rehab, adds memory care unit
hires and promotions
On The Street
West Central Initiative
January 6, 2017
Grant program aimed at workforce shortage
A grant program aimed at helping West Central Minnesota communities fill jobs and retain workers is taking a new approach and looking for new ideas. West Central Initiative, which includes Douglas County among the nine counties it serves, will provide grants to nonprofit organizations...
January 6, 2017 - 9:00am
Stallman named WCI interim president
The West Central Initiative Board has named economic development consultant Terry Stallman as interim president for the organization. Stallman...
January 6, 2017 - 9:00am
June 10, 2016
TSMA, ATCC awarded Competitive Workforce Grant
Tri-State Manufacturers' Association (TSMA) Foundation and Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC) are two of six regional organizations to receive West Central Initiative's (WCI) 2016 Competitive Workforce Grant award. TSMA Foundation received $3,575 for a Dream It. Do...
June 10, 2016 - 12:00am
March 4, 2016
West Central Initiative named top grantmaker
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 based on cash grants paid in 2014. The foundation is also ranked 44th on MCF's top 50 Minnesota grantmakers by assets....
March 4, 2016 - 12:00am
March 2, 2016
West Central Initiative receives pre-k to grade 3 grant
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has awarded the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations a total of $180,000 to carry out a pre-k to grade 3 alignment initiative. West Central Initiative (WCI) will use its $30,000 allocation to host a regional event and provide mini grants...
March 2, 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
December 10, 2014
West Central Initiative highlighted in report
The Democracy Collaborative’s new report, A New Anchor Mission for a New Century, lifted up the work of 30 leading community foundations, including West Central Initiative (WCI). The report’s authors, Democracy Collaborative Senior Fellow Marjorie Kelly and Community Development...
December 10, 2014 - 12:00am
July 3, 2014
Competitive Workforce Grants awarded to Productive Alternatives, District 206
West Central Initiative (WCI) has announced the recipients of its annual Competitive Workforce Grant awards. The purpose of this grant program is to improve the economy of West Central Minnesota by providing one year of start-up funding for stakeholders to launch new workforce development...
July 3, 2014 - 12:00am
April 30, 2014
West Central Initiative named Silver Bicycle Friendly Business
The League of American Bicyclists recognized West Central Initiative (WCI) with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award on Earth Day, April 22. WCI joins a group of more than 650 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the U.S. that seek to transform...
April 30, 2014 - 12:00am
March 5, 2014
Farmland that keeps on giving
New WCI program benefits land production, local charities
March 5, 2014 - 12:00am
January 29, 2014
New farmland program keeps giving and farming locally
West Central Initiative (WCI) has launched its new Heart~Land Giving program for landowners who would like to donate tillable farmland to help meet their charitable giving and estate planning goals. Landowners in the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens,...
January 29, 2014 - 12:00am
January 24, 2014
Paint available for public beautification projects
Are you looking for a way to spruce up your community, neighborhood or park? West Central Initiative (WCI) may have a solution, thanks to Valspar’s Minnesota Beautiful program. Through a continued collaborative effort with the Valspar Corporation, paint and coatings will be available...
January 24, 2014 - 9:10am
December 17, 2010
Paint available for local beautification projects
Are you looking for a way to spruce up your community, neighborhood or park? West Central Initiative (WCI) may have a solution, thanks to Valspar's Minnesota Beautiful program. Through a continued collaborative effort with the Valspar Corporation, paint and coatings will be available...
December 17, 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
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