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White House 'nice': Trump pardons turkey raised in Douglas County
County to sue drug companies
Minn. woman arrested on I-94 stop in ND for $1.37 million in pot
Alexandria company 'not scared' by animal cruelty accusations
Greater Minnesota cities urge action on bonding, aid, streets
Elks Hoop Shoot contest set for Jan. 7 in Alexandria
Blizzard Hockey: Alexandria swept in weekend series with Granite City
NA3HL Hockey: WarHawks cut ties to Blaisuis
Girls Hockey: Cards end Packers’ winning streak
Blizzard hockey: Granite City dominates in an 8-2 final at the RCC
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
College to show film about Rwanda war crimes
New Year's Eve in November for Newcomers
Dave & Jean Schonberg
Larry & Terry Sather
A rare mule deer sighting near Alexandria
DNR: Seven deer presumed positive for CWD in area 603 after initial test
Finally his turn
Opening morning memory
Firearm deer harvest up 10 percent from 2016 so far
Ann M. Nussbaum
Sharon Marie Martinson
OUR TURN: Social media opens door to hate and unkindness
EDITORIAL: Advice for Black Friday shoppers
LETTER: Who benefits from proposed tax cuts?
LETTER: The religion of Americanism
COMMENTARY: E-cigarettes are a public health concern
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
On The Street
KCCO going away, but CBS signal may stay
Laven re-elected to the state chamber board
Alex born company now part of global high-tech firm
UPDATED: 2 Minnesota Target stores closing
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November 16, 2017
Franson says tweet wasn't about Twin Cities election
Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria says that her tweet about transgender people last week had nothing to do with a city council election in Minneapolis...
November 16, 2017 - 3:15pm
November 10, 2017
Franson's transgender tweet draws heat
A tweet by Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, about a transgender candidate was criticized as "hateful" by Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin....
November 10, 2017 - 5:25pm
October 5, 2017
Letter: Clean coal is like clean meth
To the editor: I have met State Rep. Mary Franson on several occasions and she is a nice person. I like her. However, her Echo Press letter (Sept. 27) regarding clean coal technology, and her support for expanding coal-generated power, gets it terribly wrong.
October 5, 2017 - 7:50am
September 27, 2017
Commentary: Support export of clean coal technology
By State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria Coal is the most abundant fossil fuel in the world. It is used to heat homes and factories, power industry, and generate electricity. The United States, and many developed and emerging nations around the world, has an abundance of this resource....
September 27, 2017 - 9:46am
July 28, 2017
Letter: Franson doesn't back down on tough issues
To the editor: Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, deserves broad praise for her efforts this past legislative session to work to end the reprehensible practice of female genital mutilation. For those unfamiliar with the practice, this barbaric procedure — performed on young girls...
July 28, 2017 - 11:30am
July 12, 2017
Letter: Ethanol is Minnesota's ticket forward
To the editor: Agriculture is an issue that commonly joins all political parties for the benefit of all Minnesotans. It's why I am glad to see some of our Minnesota delegation supporting a bipartisan solution in Congress that could help bring certainty and stability to a key part...
July 12, 2017 - 6:18pm
May 22, 2017
Senate slows drive for tougher penalties for genital mutilation
ST. PAUL — In quick order, the Minnesota House approved a measure sponsored by State Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, to toughen penalties against parents who submit girls to female genital mutilation, or cutting. But after considering similar quick action, the Minnesota Senate,...
May 22, 2017 - 12:02pm
May 15, 2017
House passes Franson's bill to protect girls from genital mutilation
A bill authored by Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, that would hold Minnesota parents or guardians liable for the practice of female genital...
May 15, 2017 - 3:07pm
May 10, 2017
Dayton vetoes Franson's anti-abortion bill
Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill authored by Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, that would have banned Medicaid or any other state-funded health...
May 10, 2017 - 6:04pm
May 8, 2017
Minnesota lawmakers seeking increased female mutilation penalties
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislation to battle female genital mutilation now includes penalties requiring up to 20 years in prison and fines...
May 8, 2017 - 3:20pm
May 3, 2017
Bill fighting female genital mutilation starts through MN Legislature
May 3, 2017 - 3:44pm
April 28, 2017
New law gives hospitals more investment options
A bill to help state- and county-owned hospitals, including Douglas County Hospital, was signed into law Thursday. Gov. Mark Dayton Mark Dayton...
April 28, 2017 - 2:27pm
April 27, 2017
Friday meeting to address ag, environment legislative issues
Area legislators will host a public meeting in Alexandria Friday night, April 28 to discuss agricultural and environmental issues. Those attending include Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck (chairman of the House Agriculture Policy Committee), Rep. Tim...
April 27, 2017 - 7:48am
April 14, 2017
Bill helps county hospitals by loosening investment restrictions
The Minnesota Senate has passed bipartisan legislation to help state- and county-owned hospitals throughout Minnesota, including Douglas County...
April 14, 2017 - 6:17am
April 5, 2017
LETTER: Pro-choice not synonymous with pro-abortion
To the editor: I am a pro-choice constituent living in Mary Franson's district, which she refers to as "one of the most pro-life in the state." Her recent proposal to eliminate government funding for abortions does not respect my position. Not all women's experiences with unplanned...
April 5, 2017 - 8:33pm