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July 11, 2019
Streets were quiet after work hours outside the Lively Building on Laurel Street Wednesday, July 10, in downtown Brainerd. Fleet Farm Group announced it was consolidating six locations, including Brainerd, into one facility in Appleton, Wisconsin, by 2020. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Fleet Farm announces as many as 70 Brainerd jobs will transfer to new corporate headquarters in Wisconsin
July 11, 2019 - 10:00am
July 3, 2019
The state fire marshal is reminding Minnesotans that it's against the law to shoot off most fireworks.
Are those purchased fireworks legal to fire off?
July 3, 2019 - 10:38am
March 27, 2019
Foreclosure sale on mall canceled
March 27, 2019 - 7:22am
March 23, 2019
Photo of Tyson's Buffalo Chicken Strips, which were recalled on March 21, 2019. Courtesy of Tyson Food.
Tyson recalls chicken strips after customers report finding metal in them
March 23, 2019 - 10:17am
January 14, 2019
New manager being hired for Viking Plaza Mall
January 14, 2019 - 7:53am
December 12, 2018
Despite losing two large stores in the past year, the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria had a steady stream of shoppers on a recent weekday afternoon.  (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
More store closings greet holiday shoppers: Sears, Payless to close its doors
December 12, 2018 - 6:19am
December 7, 2018
Events such as the Party in the Street in Alexandria can bring a lot of potential shoppers into the downtown area. (File photo)
Creating a culture of mutual support: Adapting is part of survival
December 7, 2018 - 12:05pm
A shopper carries several bags though the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria Wednesday afternoon. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Retail is reinventing itself: Education, customer service among keys for area stores
December 7, 2018 - 12:00pm
December 1, 2018
Heidi Bergerson (right), co-owner of Scandinavian Gift Shop in Alexandria, helps Julie Thompson find an item in the store Tuesday morning. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Area stores finding ways to reach customers: Gift shop adds online sales
December 1, 2018 - 8:45am
November 30, 2018
Although some downtowns are struggling in the face of challenges from online shopping and other changes, the city of Alexandria was named the Retail Community of the Year this year by the Minnesota Retailers Association. (File photo)
Surviving and thriving: Retailers share what's working around the region
November 30, 2018 - 12:44pm
November 7, 2018
Bailee Atchison-DeVaan, an employee of Kindred People in downtown Alexandria, models their clothing as part of her job. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
Modeling takes off in Alexandria: Shops turn to local models to grow customer base
November 7, 2018 - 6:09am
October 14, 2018
Alexandria was the sole recipient of the Minnesota's Retail Champions award for Retail Community of the Year for 2018. (Contributed)
Alexandria named Retail Community of the Year
October 14, 2018 - 7:53am
September 7, 2018
This Herberger's location at West Acres Mall in Fargo, N.D. closed on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. David Samson / The Forum
Destined for digital? Herberger's parent company Bon-Ton bought by online tech company
September 7, 2018 - 2:54pm
August 31, 2018
Courtesy / Herbergers.com
Back in business? Herberger’s announces comeback days after closing all stores nationwide
August 31, 2018 - 1:59pm
Clothes, accessories and home goods once covered the now-bare floors and fixtures of Herberger's department store in the Viking Plaza Mall. The store closed Sunday, Aug. 26, and managers turned over the keys to the mall two days later. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
Herberger's closing brings sadness, questions
August 31, 2018 - 5:41am