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Greater Minnesota groups to get $1.5 million to grow child care access
Jasmine Block hailed as strong, brave, courageous: Final kidnapper sentenced
Unified Club dips toe in water
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Sports schedule for Thursday, Jan. 17
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Girls basketball: Knights keep cruising in win over Ashby
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Friends for a century: Two women, who are almost 101, form unique bond
Running down a dream: Osakis mom overcomes pain, finished marathon
Visiting the wall: Four area vets join Rolling Thunder protest and rally in D.C.
A big heart: Forada firefighter loved helping everyone
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Melvin & JuAnn
Melvin & JuAnn
Morken: Some takeaways from the 2018 deer season
Minnesotans 16 and older fish free this weekend if they take a kid
Seminar focused on outdoor first aid set for Jan. 23
Mike Frisch: Jig them up!
Ice climbing festival draws enthusiasts from Midwest and beyond
Phillip Carl Colbjornsen
James Lowell Swanson
Gary "Buzz" Grooters
1969: Thief swaps tattered coat for new
Commentary: Fire response was inspiring
In the Know: State at risk of losing innovators
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4-H holds county competition
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
Wake Up Alexandria at NorthStar Complex
Farm Service Agency offices to reopen for three days
On The Street
ALP Utilities makes changes to rates
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October 10, 2017
Tightly spiraled worms? You've got millipedes!
In recent days I have had many homeowners call, send photos and come in with samples of brown, tightly curled worms found in the garden, along...
October 10, 2017 - 3:55pm
August 21, 2017
Garden experiment produces sky-high sunflowers
When 10-year-old Noah Scherber planted four mammoth sunflower seeds outside his Hoffman home in early May, he didn't expect any of them to take....
August 21, 2017 - 6:51am
August 18, 2017
Tomato tasting at the library
It's time to talk tomatoes!The Douglas County Library and the Extension Master Gardeners are hosting a free locally-grown tomato tasting event at the library at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 23. People can vote for their favorite and find tomato varieties for next year's garden.If you have...
August 18, 2017 - 3:45pm
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
August 18, 2017 - 6:15am
August 9, 2017
There's still time to plant veggies
If your garden is running low on some of your favorites, don't fret! There is still plenty of time to plant vegetables for a fall harvest. In Alexandria, our average first frost date falls roughly around October 1, which leaves us a good 45 days to get things growing. Add to this...
August 9, 2017 - 5:22am
July 6, 2017
Douglas County garden tour set for Sunday
Six local gardens will open for peeks on Sunday, July 9 during the annual Tour of Gardens organized by the Douglas County Master Gardeners. The...
July 6, 2017 - 6:22am
June 9, 2017
Master gardener shares cold-hardy plant information
Master gardener Joel Kangas will talk about growing unusual cold-hardy fruits at the Wednesday, June 14 session of the Brown Bag Gardening Series offered by the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners. The sessions take place over the lunch hour at the Douglas County Library....
June 9, 2017 - 6:22pm
June 8, 2017
Many options for shade plants
I've recently received many calls from people who are struggling to find plants that bloomed in the shade. They were surprised to hear that there are choices beyond hostas and impatiens. In fact, there are quite a few shade loving plants that can add color and texture to your garden,...
June 8, 2017 - 9:36am
May 27, 2017
Learn about easy-to-grow veggies
An extension educator will share tips on growing fresh garden produce in a small space with minimal effort on Saturday, June 3, at the Douglas County Library Meeting Room from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Robin Trott, University of Minnesota Extension educator, will explain how to chose delicious,...
May 27, 2017 - 7:15am
May 23, 2017
Bus tour visits Arboretum
Douglas County Master Gardeners will lead a bus tour to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska and a Shorewood nursery on Wednesday, June 21. The arboretum offers more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails. Established in 1958,...
May 23, 2017 - 8:18pm
May 17, 2017
Master Gardeners offer brown bag series
Beginning Wednesday, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners will offer a free series of gardening informational sessions. These lunch-time sessions run from noon to 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch or a snack to the Douglas County Library for the sessions....
May 17, 2017 - 7:19am
May 1, 2017
Gardening Brown Bag series offered
Gardening season is just around the corner, and University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County want to get you off to a great start. They will offer a series of informative gardening sessions free of charge without pre-registration. These lunch-time sessions...
May 1, 2017 - 5:55pm
February 8, 2017
EXTENSION COLUMN: Gardening for the birds
Our bird feeders are full of winter visitors, woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches and sparrows, and fortunately for them, I have a kind spouse who keeps the feeders full. As gardeners, we can also plan our gardens to feed the birds during the growing season and into the winter. By...
February 8, 2017 - 12:00pm
January 25, 2017
Horticulture scholarships announced
The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County will take applications through Friday, April 21, for two 2017 post-secondary scholarships. Each scholarship is $500 and will be awarded this spring.
January 25, 2017 - 11:00am
November 9, 2016
Tree pruning 101
I have gotten many, many questions regarding tree pruning recently. If you've got a pruning saw and loppers in hand, stop. Put them right back...
November 9, 2016 - 10:00am