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RibFest helps bring the lakes back to life
History Live! under way at Runestone Museum
Alexandria man suspected of supplying heroin in Fergus Falls overdose case
Vandals smash sinks at Alexandria park
Level three sex offender moving to Brandon
Legion baseball: Seven late runs lead Glenwood past Osakis
SUPing off the beaten path
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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
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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
Duane A. Wagner
David Steve Edmunds
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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
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On The Street
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...
opinion / letters
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...
opinion / letters
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
March 26, 2011
Westrom offers update of his work at the Legislature
State Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, who represents part of Douglas County, provided the following update of his work at the Legislature: We have had a busy week so far going through budgets that have passed through various committees this week. Balancing the budget...
March 26, 2011 - 11:40am