Skip to main content
New law gives hospitals more investment options
Law Enforcement Blotter: Thursday, April 27
'I can still see his face:' Man recalls Exercise Tiger, a tragic rehearsal for D-Day.
B-E pushing for August vote on school building
Gays, lesbians rally at Capitol; Alexandria event on May 4
Trap shooting: Burgess, Knight, Roers lead Alexandria in opening week
Snowmen look to round out roster for inaugural season
Local curling team records rare eight-ender
Sports schedule for Friday, April 28
Free pitch, hit and run competition in Alexandria Sunday
Randy Knuth to be installed at First Presbyterian Church
LYRA ensemble to perform at Calvary Lutheran
Story of 1900s seamstress to be performed at ATCC
Alexandria's Beth Hill publishes first novel
Ring of Kerry brings Irish influence to Central Square
Engaged - Schmidt and Murray
Engaged - Harstad and Engebretson
Wedding - Von Bank and Hoelscher
Wedding - Skudlarek and Oestreich
Births - March 31, 2017
Mike Frisch: Catch bigger fish
Morken: No better time than now for turkey hunting in Minnesota
Worth the drive: Wyoming produces on opening morning
Mike Frisch: Which jig is the right jig for walleyes?
A walk in the woods is always worth it
Robert Joseph Schlosser
Jarrin "Jerry" Stark
Letter: Tax bill omits county aid change
Letter: Helping future generations of hunters
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press Editorial Board
Observations from the Archives: 1967: Law enforcement course starts this fall
In the Know: Fueling the 'workforce engine'
Robin Trott: Five steps to conserving water in your garden
Steve Frericks: Ask for help in tough times
Extension to offer low-tunnel strawberry workshop
Minnesota Farmers Union to host rural issues discussion
Agriculture going strong in Douglas County
Chamber introduces new networking event
ATCC Foundation holds scholarship recognition event
Carlos Creek Winery honored at Progress Minnesota event
Tech company sprouts from the ground up
A restaurant revival
hires and promotions
On The Street
October 19, 2016
LETTER: Seniors and nursing home staff benefited
To the editor: Our rural nursing homes, seniors and staff benefited greatly in the last year because we've got Sen. Westrom listening and fighting for us here in West Central Minnesota.
October 19, 2016 - 6:30am
May 11, 2016
LETTER: Apology to Sen. Westrom
To the editor: Recently, I wrote an argument [letter to the editor, Echo Press, May 4] against Torrey Westrom’s bill to expand the prison system. I used a common metaphor that talked about seeing the handwriting on the wall. I did know that Torrey was blind and for me to use that...
May 11, 2016 - 12:00am
May 4, 2016
LETTER: Westrom prison bill is wrong
To the editor: State Sen. Torrey Westrom is refusing to see the writing on the wall by sponsoring a bill to re-open the failed Appleton prison. He also wrongly implies that it will only cost the taxpayers $6 to $8 million. He is purposely not saying how much it will cost to run the...
May 4, 2016 - 12:00am
April 1, 2016
Westrom supports self-driving vehicles
State Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, is seeking support for a new type of transportation — self-driving vehicles. On Wednesday, March...
April 1, 2016 - 12:00am
March 18, 2013
Westrom: Bills heart to unionize day care, increase speed limi
Editor's note: The following is a Week in Review column provided by State Senator Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake. This week has been a busy one filled with committee hearings, floor sessions, and constituent meetings. Two items in particular that were addressed included a bill to...
March 18, 2013 - 11:38am
March 4, 2013
Westrom: Strong February forecast is good news
Editor's note: The following is a legislative update written by Senator Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake. The February forecast released Thursday, February 28 shows a projected fiscal year 2014-15 budget deficit of $627 million. This is an improvement of $463 million from the November...
March 4, 2013 - 9:17am
February 17, 2013
Westrom: Serious concerns over Medical Assistance bill
Editor's note: The following is Minnesota Senator Torrey Westrom's Capitol Update column. Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, represents part of Douglas County in District 12. It's been a busy couple of weeks at the Capitol. As your voice in St. Paul, I am working on policies that help families,...
February 17, 2013 - 3:03pm
November 9, 2012
One vote wonder - Franson ahead of Cunniff in House District 8B
Red reigned in the local Minnesota House of Representative and state Senate districts this year. All but one race, House District 8B, was dominated...
November 9, 2012 - 12:00am
November 6, 2012
UPDATE 8:45 A.M. ELECTION: MN House districts 8B, 12A, 12B, MN Senate districts 8, 12 and MN Constitutional amendments
The Echo Press is reporting results as they come in for all the key races in Douglas County. This story covers the Minnesota House of Representatives races in districts 8B, 12A and 12B, state Senate races in districts 8 and 12 and the proposed state Constitutional amendments on marriage...
November 6, 2012 - 8:00pm
August 3, 2012
Representative Torrey Westrom to visit CentraCare
In recognition of Kidney Disease Awareness and Education Week, Representative Torrey Westrom will visit the CentraCare Kidney Dialysis Unit in Alexandria at 3 p.m. on August 8. The week is dedicated to educating policy makers and their staff about kidney disease, treatment options,...
August 3, 2012 - 12:00am
June 22, 2012
Representative Torrey Westrom inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Representative Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake) recently was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Many people are familiar with Canton, Ohio, which is where the National Football Hall of Fame is located. Fewer people are familiar with The National Wrestling Hall of Fame,...
June 22, 2012 - 12:00am
May 25, 2012
Overflow of support for Lake Oscar project
An air of anxiety filled the commissioners' room at the Douglas County Courthouse on Tuesday as a crowd of more than 20 people, including Representative...
May 25, 2012 - 12:00am
May 4, 2012
Westrom runs House for a day
State Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, acted as speaker of the House for the second time Tuesday afternoon. Westrom, who is blind, relied on a staff member to tell him what lawmakers were waiting to speak on the tax bill members were debating. "It's good to see you up...
May 4, 2012 - 12:00am
April 5, 2012
Westrom seeks input on hunting, fishing bill
Editor's note: The following was provided by State Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, who represents District 11A, which includes part of Douglas County. There have been many long days with engaging floor debates this week. Some highlights and bills are below. HF 657...
April 5, 2012 - 10:31am
March 2, 2012
Westrom introduces bill to hunt coyotes from aircraft
State Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, introduced a bill Thursday that would allow for the hunting of coyotes from an airplane. House File 2461 would allow for hunters to obtain a permit to take coyotes from aircraft. According to Minnesota Department of Natural Reources...
March 2, 2012 - 12:00am