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Barrett teen dies in car fire
AgweekTV: Eyes on the Ears
Knowledge Bowl students head to regionals
Girls basketball: Alexandria finishes sixth in Class AAA state tournament
The difference a year makes for Boline
Cousins or Keenum: What's the debate?
Boys basketball: Lakers show resolve all the way to a section title
Girls basketball: Cardinals sail past DeLaSalle to reach consolation championship
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
Peggy A Karnis (Steidl)
Archery program keeps seeing growth
New pike regulations coming for opener
Mike Frisch: Plan those 2018 bass outings
Rudy Zwieg Show this weekend: Quick change makes carver a winner
Ice more complex than just frozen water
Joyce Elizabeth Bronson
Jane Johnson Huhn
Rudolph "Rudy" G. Nelson
Brian B. Eide
COMMENTARY: Now is time to address old views on aging
COMMENTARY: What makes new buffer law special?
EDITORIAL: Make LGA a priority this session
LETTER: A possible solution to gun safety
IN THE KNOW: Big need: affordable transportation
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
Farmer noticing effects of cold with little snow
Grocery Grab goes toward giving
Smile Drive aims to improve dental health
Brand specialist to speak
Heartland near top for knee replacement
hires and promotions
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February 15, 2018
LETTER: Workforce, child care, housing shortages
To the editor: (In response to Tara Bizan's Feb. 7 column, "Goal: A community of excellence.") The workforce, child care and housing shortages are deeply connected. Workforce shortages provide overtime and wage growth. Rentees having more money means renters can charge more, allowing...
February 15, 2018 - 8:20am
January 25, 2018
IN THE KNOW: Child care shortage hits our area
Our economy continues to be strong, and yet there is still work to be done to connect all Minnesotans who want to work with desired employment. One of those areas that needs work is the availability of child care. The Center for Rural Policy and Development found that in-home child...
January 25, 2018 - 12:02pm
January 18, 2018
New grants for improving communities
Nonprofits, school districts and local governments with a great idea of how to improve their communities now will have a shot at getting some money to help them do that. The Fergus Falls-based West Central Initiative said it will give up to about $5,000 to groups that can help west-central...
January 18, 2018 - 2:16pm
January 3, 2018
YOUR TURN: Readers debate daycare issues
This "It's Your Turn" includes comments posted on the Echo Press Facebook page in response to a Dec. 27 letter to the editor, "Let market decide child care." Bernie Obrigewitsch: Sounds like he thinks you can just open a daycare. It takes many classes, many inspections, and money...
January 3, 2018 - 10:17am
September 30, 2017
AgweekTV: Hops Harvest
There's growing interest in locally-brewed beer, and that means a growing demand for hops. Rose Dunn visited a local farm as the hops harvest...
September 30, 2017 - 8:30am
May 4, 2016
Legislature addresses child care shortage
Legislation to address the child care shortage in Minnesota moved forward last week. The initiatives encourage child care business development and address access and cost issues for parents and providers. The initiatives, passed in the Minnesota House in two omnibus bills, were authored...
May 4, 2016 - 12:00am
April 15, 2016
Child caregivers seek many changes
Child care providers say they face a myriad of problems the Minnesota Legislature needs to solve. Julie Seydel of the Minnesota Association of Child Care Professionals told a Senate committee on April 4 that her members face a range of issues: increasing paperwork, higher operating...
April 15, 2016 - 12:00am
March 25, 2016
Lawmakers look to retain child care providers
More than 3,000 Minnesota child care providers have stopped providing the service in the past decade, and a bipartisan legislative panel says...
March 25, 2016 - 12:00am
March 2, 2016
LETTER: Kudos to star-rated child care providers
To the editor: I’d like to congratulate the following Alexandria and Douglas County area child care providers for their Parent Aware star ratings: Jill Mogensen of Brandon and Alicia Meissner of Evansville, Tamara Thull, Amanda Sansness and Alisha Hoekstra of Carlos, Lisa Lennes,...
March 2, 2016 - 12:00am
January 20, 2016
LETTER: High-quality child care is beneficial
To the editor: Minnesota is ranked number 11 in the top states for child care standards. Ninety percent of brain growth occurs during the first five years of life. These first five years are the most sensitive for brain development. When choosing who to help care for your child, you...
January 20, 2016 - 12:00am
January 19, 2016
Franson named to new child care committee
State Representative Mary Franson, R-Alexandria will chair a new select committee on affordable child care. House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown,...
January 19, 2016 - 10:39am
December 18, 2015
LETTER: Lack of child care is a growing epidemic
To the editor: The lack of child care has just begun. Frightened parents are looking for quality child care. This is a growing epidemic. A lack of child care is pushing families into welfare, due to a lack of income. The lack of child care is affecting parents who want to get a second...
December 18, 2015 - 12:00am
December 11, 2015
Franson warns child care providers about poster
A private company is mailing forms to sell Minnesota child care providers posters that the federal government provides free, a state lawmaker...
December 11, 2015 - 12:00am
Douglas County to outsource sliding fee child care?
Douglas County's basic sliding fee child care program could affect 124 families and 190 children if the program is transferred to the West Central Community Action Partnership (CAP) agency in Elbow Lake. Douglas County Social Services Director Mike Woods said if the program migrates,...
July 11, 2013 - 8:50am
May 21, 2013
Child care providers allowed to join unions; Franson opposes vote
Union supporters celebrated Monday after the House voted 68-66 to allow some child care providers and personal care attendants to join unions. Five Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the measure: Reps.
May 21, 2013 - 7:40am