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Pilots complain about hangar use but airport manager sides with Cunninghams
Bemidji seeks state funding for proposed northern Minn. veterans home
Law Enforcement Blotter: January 15-16
Evansville man appeals deportation ruling
Charge: Brother intended to kill others in northern Minn. senior home stabbing
DNR release: Spring turkey hunt applications for season A and B due soon
Girls hockey: Ellingson's natural hat trick helps Cards over DL
Swimming and Diving: Cards defeat Tigers at home
Boys hockey: Cardinals hitting their stride after third straight win
Wrestling: Waldvogel, Zieske get Osakis' only wins against OTC
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
What would Mr. Fitzgerald think?
A space for young learners: Library exhibit combines science and art
One page at a time: Library can help you through the holidays
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Marlin & Nora Hoglund
Alexandria's Dresch makes "the ice angler's landing net"
Mike Frisch: Good winter crappie action
Lake trout surprises Northwest Angle fisherman
Morken: South Dakota is still worth the hunt
Collector looks for info on rare lure he believes could have ties locally
Virginia "Ginger" M. Bjurlin
Shirley Ann Ingalls Moench
OUR TURN: The hurtful practice of judging others
LETTER: Making America great starts with love
LETTER: Put cap on loans that can't be paid
LETTER: County board shows little respect for veterans
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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
Rose City Bar and Grill to open Feb. 1
Minimum wage rises
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Update: Fire victim's identity not yet confirmed
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
April 7, 2013
Infant deaths in child care down, DHS report shows
Action taken by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, providers, and local partners to address a dramatic increase in the deaths of infants in child care has helped to stall the alarming trend, according to the 2012 annual report on licensing activities by the DHS Office of...
April 7, 2013 - 10:19am
February 23, 2012
Judge suggests Dayton could have avoided union vote lawsuit
ST. PAUL -- A judge deciding the fate of a child care providers' union election said Wednesday that Gov.
February 23, 2012 - 7:05am
July 13, 2011
Judge rules child care assistance is core function; providers can continue care
Family child care providers are celebrating and breathing a sigh of relief today as Judge Kathleen Gearin ruled the Child Care Assistance Program a core function of state government. "Quality child care is an essential service for parents," said Melissa Smith, a SEIU Kids First...
July 13, 2011 - 3:44pm