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Our top stories from 2021

At the Echo Press, we are honored to share the unique and compelling local stories of our community and work hard to keep you informed. In 2021, we published more than 3,500 articles sharing the news and stories that matter to you. As we welcome a new year, let’s reflect on some of the top stories from 2021 that connected our community.

A year after downtown Alexandria fire, businesses bounce back

Six Alexandria businesses destroyed in a downtown fire show remarkable resilience in a year full of obstacles. Read about their journey just one year later and what they have planned for the future.

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Alexandria pastor urges martial law in video seen by more than 50,000

In a video getting exposure internationally, a pastor encourages martial law and calls on citizens to form a militia in support of local law enforcement.

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Alexandria girls win program’s fourth state championship, first at Class AAA level

The Cardinals stayed consistently dominant all throughout the season – ending in a Class AAA state championship and cementing their legacy as one of the top programs in the state.

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Beryl Novak has lived alone in his one-room deer shack for 44 years. That’s the way he likes it.

Since 1977 Beryl Novak has called the northern woods of Minnesota home. After purchasing 40 acres of land and moving a one-room shack to the site for deer hunting, Novak liked it so much he moved in for good.

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Giant muskie pulled through the ice from unexpected lake near Alexandria in most unusual of ways

After setting up a Vexilar sonar unit to help catch sunfish, a group of locals shockingly reel in a 50-inch muskie in a lake not known for such fish.

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