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Broken Fiddle moves to bigger venue
Filings open for county, cities, school board
AgweekTV: Got Grains?
Dixieland and gospel come to courthouse lawn
Pitino loves potential of this team as Gopher coaches visit Alexandria (W/video)
Tennis: Tech tops Cardinals in season-ending sweep
Softball: Chargers drop two in 6A playoffs
Roste transfers from the Gophers
Baseball: Osakis takes down Minnewaska in regular season finale
A big heart: Forada firefighter loved helping everyone
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Arnie & Linda Beulke
Anika Dale Wolfe
Wrapping up a memorable turkey season
A shiner shortage: Why the popular walleye bait is hard to find
Updated: Cool water temps make for a tough walleye bite on opener
Morken: Fishing by the numbers
Mike Frisch: Tips for the walleye opener
Delores "Dee" Annethe Mrzena Holstad
Geraldine "Gerrie" May Russell (Hundley)
Philip R. Harrang
Larry E. Thielmann
LETTER: Listen to living veterans and their stories
LETTER: Please stop the hate
LETTER: Alomere name tells me nothing
OUR TURN: Real solutions or more regulation?
LETTER: Imagine there's no freedom
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
Leadership program graduates 25
New Starbucks coming to Alexandria
On The Street
Chamber Ambassadors recognize two local businesses
Economist: U.S. well positioned
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on the street
May 25, 2018
EDITORIAL: Paid letter policy takes effect
The political campaign season is underway! Filings for public offices at the federal, state and local levels opened Tuesday, May 22 and will stay open through Tuesday, June 5. (The filing period for cities and school districts that do not have primaries is from July 31 to Aug. 14.)...
May 25, 2018 - 12:32pm
May 23, 2018
EDITORIAL: Don't get ripped off by shady tree cutters
With another season of yard work now underway, homeowners are dealing with overgrowth, fallen leaves, damaged tree limbs and other challenges. There are many reliable companies that offer tree trimming and brush collection services, but there are also a few that are looking to be...
May 23, 2018 - 8:54am
May 19, 2018
THUMBS UP/THUMBS DOWN
Hospital's new name
May 19, 2018 - 12:27pm
May 16, 2018
GUEST EDITORIAL: Funding urgent for DNR facilities
Editor's note: The following editorial was written by Tom Landwehr, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He stopped by the Echo Press office recently to discuss the need for maintaining DNR facilities, including those at Lake Carlos State Park. Let's imagine...
May 16, 2018 - 8:56am
May 12, 2018
EDITORIAL: Welcome back, anglers!
"A ripple spreads when a bobber plops in calm water. Waves of economic impact roll over Minnesota when all its anglers do the same." That description from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sums up the important role anglers play in the state's economy. This Saturday —...
May 12, 2018 - 11:17am
May 9, 2018
Lawn care tip: Label is the law
Are you helping or hurting our lakes? One way to tell is to take a good, hard look at how you are using pesticides and fertilizers on your yard, trees and gardens. Remember, what you put on your yard will eventually get into our lakes and impact water quality. Even if you think you're...
May 9, 2018 - 9:29am
May 4, 2018
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
Colorful message Thumbs Up: Sara Stadtherr, communications coordinator for the city of Alexandria, sent us this eye-catching graphic to draw...
May 4, 2018 - 10:23am
May 2, 2018
EDITORIAL: Here's how to avoid rental traps
With the school year coming to a close, college and high school students will soon be looking for apartments or rental properties for the summer. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota offers tips for first-time renters and reminds students of the importance of doing...
May 2, 2018 - 9:32am
April 28, 2018
See orange - slow down, pay attention
With the road construction season getting underway, drivers need to be extra alert of their surroundings, other drivers and workers doing their...
April 28, 2018 - 7:05am
April 25, 2018
EDITORIAL: Herberger's closing not all doom and gloom
News that Herberger's is closing at the Viking Plaza Mall stirred shock and sadness throughout the area. Within hours after the newspaper reported the closing, the story reached more than 10,000 people through our Facebook page and many posted emojis of frowning and crying faces....
April 25, 2018 - 7:08am
April 21, 2018
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
No sound at county board meeting Thumbs Down: A resident who attended Tuesday's Douglas County Board meeting sends a thumbs down for the county's sound system. She noted that the doors were open and the speakers were on during a presentation of certificates for sheriff's deputies,...
April 21, 2018 - 9:25am
April 20, 2018
EDITORIAL: County board misses chance to be upfront
At its Tuesday meeting, the Douglas County commissioners missed a chance to clear the air and be more straightforward with the public. Instead, they choose to attack the media for writing "crazy" things and for taking a proposed policy "out of context."
April 20, 2018 - 1:24pm
April 18, 2018
EDITORIAL: New help for those in mental crisis
Getting help for those facing a mental health crisis is a problem in Douglas County. There have been situations when an individual suffers a mental break that is so severe it leads to suicidal thoughts, auditory hallucinations, threats against others and violent behavior, yet there...
April 18, 2018 - 1:44pm
April 14, 2018
EDITORIAL: Drivers need to focus or pay the price
If you've ever texted, used a cell phone, munched on a burger and fries or applied makeup — all while driving — you're lucky to be alive. And so are the other drivers who you dangerously shared the road with. It's time for distracted drivers to focus — or pay the...
April 14, 2018 - 10:30am
April 12, 2018
EDITORIAL: County shouldn't gag employees from talking to media
Those who support a free flow of information from their local government should be very concerned about an item on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners agenda for Tuesday, April 17. It's listed under the 10 a.m. items presented by County Coordinator Heather Schlangen as a "personnel...
April 12, 2018 - 11:45am