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Fish and Wildlife obtains wetland easement
Coalition continues to oppose private prison in western Minn.
Franson's abortion bill brings out emotional testimony
Write-in votes determine township spot
Woman who stole squad car pleads guilty
The end of an era: Simpson steps down at B-E after 605 head coaching wins
Homecoming: Swedberg takes over the Alex boys golf program he grew up in
Engfer-Triebenbach takes over Osakis golf programs
Vikings finalize deal with WR Thielen
Three Chargers named All-LEC in girls basketball
Cancer benefit is set for Randy Beman
Organic Gardening Club to host barn dance
LIBRARY NEWS: Finding the time to read
Nowells to speak about merging of sports, Christianity
Sweetwater Revival to give concert of hope, encouragement
Births - March 17, 2017
Births - March 8, 2017
Engaged - Freiderich and Blumhoefer
Births - March 3, 2017
Engaged - Lee and Dybdal
Mike Frisch: What's my walleye line?
Art of every size, shape and color
DNR release: Catch-and-release summer walleye season announced for Mille Lacs
Carvers coming to the RCC
Bald eagles migrating back to Minnesota
Lynnette "Lynn" M. Kalina
Betty A. Dittberner
Christina Michelle Jackson
IN THE KNOW: Alexandria is top micropolitan in Minnesota
LETTER: Asking nicely; this time only
LETTER: Please don't litter
LETTER: Don't doubt that people want jobs
GUEST EDITORIAL: Sail a course to Real ID
Agriculture going strong in Douglas County
Douglas County Master Gardeners present Let's Get Growing workshop
Wussows named a Yieldmaster contest winner
Nominate a Farm Mom of the Year
Selecting fragrant flowers for your cutting garden
Coffee lover branches out: Alexandria man turns roasting into a side business
Ecumen Bethany Community receives Customer Experience Award
Parkers Prairie bar and grill is first to serve liquor
Dilley Zimny Insurance named a Circle of Excellence Agency
Ecumen Bethany Community receives workforce grant
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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