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Law Enforcement Blotter: Nov. 14-15
Firefighters battle house fire in Nelson
Driver taken to hospital after car goes off Highway 29
County gives lakes group $50,000
State swimming: Cardinals' 4x100 takes 16th at state
Sports schedule for Sunday, Nov. 18
Girls hockey: Brainerd-LF downs Alexandria in CLC play
Sports schedule for Saturday, Nov. 17
Alexandria's Boraas signs to play Division I golf
Friends for a century: Two women, who are almost 101, form unique bond
Running down a dream: Osakis mom overcomes pain, finished marathon
Visiting the wall: Four area vets join Rolling Thunder protest and rally in D.C.
A big heart: Forada firefighter loved helping everyone
And the most-requested library books are....
DeLaney Ann Jane
Minnesota deer kill down 9.5 percent from last year
A big buck with grandpa
A decoy buck with a bow
DNR report: Deer farm with past CWD cases identifies more
Deer report: An incredible week turns into such a low, and what to take from it
Robert "Bob" J. Johnston
Robert Edward Richardson
Ardean A. Hollatz
Commentary: What happens in mental health therapy?
It's Our Turn: America: Not a Christian nation
Letter to the Editor: Epilepsy is always newsworthy
An Echo Press Editorial: Don't be a victim of silent killer
Letter to the Editor: Start a path to health, vitality
4-H holds county competition
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
Wendy's closes in Alexandria
'Making my dreams come true': Minnesota farmer harvests her first crop at 27
Tubbs wins state award: Horizon Public Health leader is retiring in January
Meet new turkey farmers in the US’s largest turkey-producing county
hires and promotions
on the street
November 8, 2018
Shakeup on Douglas County Board: Two newcomers come out on top
The voters have spoken and come January, two new faces will represent residents on the Douglas County Board. Two first-time candidates squared...
November 8, 2018 - 1:22pm
October 31, 2018
Paid Political Letter: Stratton would help protect water quality
To the editor: After being president of the Douglas County Lakes Association for a number of years and working with the Douglas County Commissioners, I feel that Jim Stratton needs to stay on to help us protect our water quality. We have been working with Soil and Water, Land and...
October 31, 2018 - 8:00am
An Echo Press Editorial: Our choices for county board; Echo Press endorsements
A big decision awaits voters in Douglas County Board Districts 2, 4 and 5. Who they support on Nov. 6 will shape county board decisions for...
October 31, 2018 - 5:57am
October 26, 2018
An Echo Press Editorial: Why does newspaper endorse candidates?
Throughout the year, the Echo Press Opinion page includes editorials written by the newspaper's Editorial Board on a wide range of issues. If the county commissioners, for example, make a decision that we don't agree with, we'll write an editorial explaining why. If we see a problem...
October 26, 2018 - 6:19am
September 20, 2018
County halts lakeshore practice
Douglas County commissioners on Tuesday halted a disputed practice of allowing lakeshore owners to expand houses and other buildings as long as they replaced sidewalks or driveways with materials that better absorbed stormwater. The moratorium was approved during the commissioner's...
September 20, 2018 - 4:04pm
August 24, 2018
County may not be in compliance: Rush working on shoreland development policy with DNR
Douglas County's ordinance allowing lakeshore owners to remove certain kinds of sidewalks or driveways in exchange for bigger homes is not in...
August 24, 2018 - 7:50am
July 21, 2018
Bathhouse design approved for Lake Brophy County Park
A beautiful park in a beautiful setting on a beautiful lake needs a place for swimmers to shower off, change their clothes and use a restroom....
July 21, 2018 - 6:30am
June 13, 2018
County simplifies sign ordinance
If you want to put up a sign or billboard within Douglas County, there will soon be fewer restrictions. At its monthly meeting on Monday afternoon, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved amendments to the zoning ordinance that covers signs. About four years ago, the commissioners...
June 13, 2018 - 12:35pm
June 4, 2018
Three Douglas County Board seats contested
All three of the Douglas County commissioner seats up for election are contested. With the filing period still open through Tuesday, June 5, the following candidates have filed: District 2 -- Jim Stratton (incumbent), Judy Backhaus, Tim Kalina. Since more than two candidates have...
June 4, 2018 - 3:03pm
Lake Brophy Park bathhouse architect hired
Douglas County commissioners on Tuesday approved an architectural firm for the bathhouse project at Lake Brophy Park. Five firms submitted proposals, with the contract being extended to Buetow 2 Architects of Minneapolis. Bids submitted ranged from Buetow's low bid of $13,500 to...
May 4, 2018 - 10:57am
April 27, 2018
Letter to the Editor: A double standard in county pay?
To the editor: On the April 16 Open Line program, County Commissioner Chair Owen Miller complained that "The county cannot afford to give 11 percent increases over to some employees." Isn't that interesting? If there a few employees who are due increases for not only COLA's 2.5 percent,...
April 27, 2018 - 11:09am
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
March 8, 2018
County backs idea of another I-94 exit for Alexandria
There is still plenty of work that needs to be done and it may take several more years, but motorists will likely have another way to access Alexandria from Interstate 94. At the Tuesday, March 6 Douglas County Board of Commissioners meeting, Public Works Director Dave Robley asked...
March 8, 2018 - 10:06am
March 6, 2018
County to hire part-time drivers for vets
Veterans will soon be able to get to their doctor appointments at Veteran Affairs clinics in St. Cloud, Minneapolis and Fargo via county employees. On Tuesday, March 6, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of three part-time employees who would be responsible...
March 6, 2018 - 4:57pm
February 20, 2018
Veterans seek answers on complicated driver issue
As Douglas County Commissioners sat in a closed-door session Tuesday afternoon to discuss the county's labor negotiations, a group of veterans...
February 20, 2018 - 6:18pm