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February 23, 2018
Steve Johansen, Douglas County Public Works maintenance superintendent, shows where the salt/sand mixture comes out of the back of a snowplow. In a typical year, the county uses around 1,000 tons of the salt/sand mixture. So far this winter season, the county hasn't even used half that amount. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
Easy on the salt: Douglas County seeks ways to prevent runoff into lakes but keep roads safe
February 23, 2018 - 12:11pm
January 25, 2018
Last summer, watercraft inspectors Nick Heseltine and Matthew Wolbersen inspect stand-up paddleboards after an event on Lake Le Homme Dieu. (Contributed)
Douglas County again gearing up for boat inspections
January 25, 2018 - 8:51am
December 15, 2017
EDITORIAL: Help put our lakes on low-salt diet
December 15, 2017 - 3:02pm
October 27, 2017
A new sign for the Legacy of the Lakes Museum was put up last week. The sign is part of a larger project that should be completed next spring. (Beth Leipholtz / Echo Press)
New sign, greenery for museum property
October 27, 2017 - 3:00pm
September 1, 2017
Philip Simonson of Brandon catches a wave generated by a wakesurfing boat on Lake Carlos on Aug. 22. Local wakesurfers are calling for the sport to better police itself in the wake of complaints from lakeshore owners about erosion and property damage. (Karen Tolkkinen | Echo Press)play button
Wakesurfers call for self-policing to avoid conflict with lakeshore owners
September 1, 2017 - 11:35am
August 15, 2017
Water pooled in Karin Weigel's yard on Lake Burgen after Sunday's rain.
High water prompts no wake zones on 15 lakes
August 15, 2017 - 5:18pm
July 22, 2017
Zebra mussels are an aquatic invasive species.
Out-musseling the mussels: Researcher hopeful of new tactic against invasive species
July 22, 2017 - 8:06am
July 18, 2017
Eurasian watermilfoil has been located in three different lakes in Douglas County - Oscar, L'Homme Dieu and most recently, Victoria. (Contributed)
Eurasian watermilfoil found in Lake Victoria
July 18, 2017 - 5:07pm
July 8, 2017
The Minnesota Lakes Classic Boat Show drew big crowds this year as the weather couldn't have been better. The show, sponsored by the Legacy of the Lakes Museum, took place at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center Saturday, July 8. (Celeste Edenloff | Echo Press)play button
Beautiful day for beautiful boats w/video
July 8, 2017 - 4:08pm
June 30, 2017
Don't let your grass clippings get into the street and into the storm sewer system. They contain phosphorus that can cause blue-green algal blooms in our lakes. (Photo provided by the city of Alexandria)
EDITORIAL: Here's how to stop algal blooms
June 30, 2017 - 12:14pm
April 12, 2017
Echo Press Editorial: Cabin owners squeezed by costs; lakes at risk
April 12, 2017 - 3:54pm
March 24, 2017
After using a chainsaw to cut out several large squares of ice, Jim Bosek stands on an ice section to make it sink while using a bar to maneuver it under uncut ice. The extra layer then makes the ice stronger and reduces the possibility of the vehicle breaking through again when it is pulled up. (Lowell Anderson | Echo Press)
Fishing out vehicles
March 24, 2017 - 6:00am
March 3, 2017
LETTER: Doing the best we can?
March 3, 2017 - 8:00am
February 24, 2017
Zebra mussels are an aquatic invasive species.
Lake businesses must take invasive species training
February 24, 2017 - 12:00pm
February 3, 2017
COMMENTARY: Zebra mussels are mucking up our lakes
February 3, 2017 - 8:00am