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From outside the agricultural world, the late planting season might seem a daunting one to area farmers. But some local growers say it's really not that bad. Douglas County Corn and Soybean Growers President Russ Elliott said he is actually two days ahead of where he was last year at this time. "I think we'll be able to get everything in," said Elliott, who farms near Evansville. "It's just started to go good now. We're being selective about which fields we go in. ... There's still frost coming out of the ground."
'The Accidental Survivor' A New York City businessman will recount his experience on 9/11 during The Unity Foundation's monthly Faith @ Work Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Broadway Ballroom, 115 30th Ave. E., in Alexandria. Jerry Molnar, who calls himself "The Accidental Survivor," will speak about loss, leadership and life after Sept. 11, 2001, the day terrorists flew two airplanes into the World Trade Center towers. Molnar will talk about his battle with alcohol, loss of his business and two close encounters with acts of terrorism.
After an invasive weed seed found its way into conservation seed mixes, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is warning landowners to be cautious when buying seed, especially for conservation plantings. In 2016 and 2017, the highly invasive weed Palmer amaranth was introduced through conservation seed mixes, the department said. Native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, it can grow up to 10 feet tall and overwhelm corn and soybean crops. It is also resistant to many herbicides.
Douglas County was the state's No. 2 dispenser of addictive prescription painkillers in 2016, but through recent actions taken by Douglas County Hospital to dramatically reduce those prescriptions, that may be changing. In March 2018, doctors in the hospital system prescribed 180,000 fewer opioid pills than they had in September 2017, according to a community opioid task force presentation Tuesday, May 1, to former Congressman Tim Walz.
Minnesota's pollution chief said he agrees, at least in concept, with allowing Alexandria's sewer district to take a new approach in cleaning the algae-coated Lake Winona, a move that could save the district $14 million. During an interview this past week with the Echo Press, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine praised the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitary District's efforts to clean the water it discharges into Lake Winona. "That puts them in a good place to be a candidate for this kind of flexibility," Stine said.
If you're a fan of Elon Musk, electric cars or just saving money on fuel, take note: There's a Tesla Model X in town. Owners Adam and Lisa Gustafson bought the mid-sized SUV-style electric vehicle for its safety rating and eco-friendly energy consumption, and they'll bring it to an event promoting electrical vehicles on Saturday, May 5, at Alexandria Technical and Community College.
• Attorney Tom Jacobson has been selected to speak at the 2018 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute May 21-22 in St. Paul. With approximately 1,000 attorneys and human resource professionals in attendance, the institute is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Jacobson's presentation will be "20 Tips for Avoiding Employment Liability." Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a labor and employment law specialist, Jacobson is a shareholder with the Swenson Lervick Law Firm in Alexandria.
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Last week, the Echo Press solicited reader questions for two Muslim men who came to speak at a reception for Tracks in the Snow, a photo exhibit of Minnesota Muslims on display through Monday, April 30, at the Alexandria Technical and Community College. Multiple questions were received from five readers and presented to Rashed Ferdous and John Emery. The questions and answers follow, with Echo Press notes in parentheses. Q. Why don't Muslims condemn terrorist attacks?
The crowd was smaller, the questions friendlier. And Rashed Ferdous was able to leave town a whole lot sooner. Ferdous, a Muslim and president of the Saint Anthony-based Islamic Resource Group, spoke in Alexandria on Monday along with fellow Muslim John Emery, a former Army interpreter from Apple Valley, and Lutheran pastor John Matthews. They were in town for a reception for "Tracks in the Snow," a photo exhibit of Minnesota Muslims on display at Alexandria Technical and Community College through Monday, April 30.