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December 22, 2018
"God Jul" is the Norwegian term for Merry Christmas. Emma Vatnsdal / The Forum
God Jul: Scandinavian Christmas traditions stand the test of time
December 22, 2018 - 4:38pm
December 19, 2018
Past and Present Home Gallery in downtown Alexandria won the Best Decorated Business category. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Lighting contest winners announced
December 19, 2018 - 10:42am
As Henry Englund, 2, of the Twin Cities metro area puts money in the Salvation Army kettle at Walmart, he appears to be distracted by the two men ringing the bell – Alexandria firefighters Eric Bjerke (left) and Battalion Chief Robb Solyntjes. Englund was with his grandma, Lynne Englund of Farwell. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
Do you hear what I hear? Salvation Army bell ringer will be out through Christmas Eve
December 19, 2018 - 6:23am
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
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Cupkie Christmas Village is a true holiday experience!
December 7, 2018 - 1:51pm
Peter Thorvig reads the Christmas story from the Bible during the Christmas Service at Spruce Hill Church in 2017. (Echo Press file photo)
Faith news
December 7, 2018 - 6:15am
December 5, 2018
In the Know: Christmas season begins!
December 5, 2018 - 6:20pm
The Rodriguez family of Belle River pose for a photo with Santa. They are (left to right) Candace, Zeke, Ryder, Wyatt and Chad. (Al Edenloff / Osakis Review)
Christmas wishes come true in Osakis
December 5, 2018 - 4:49pm
Actors portraying Joseph (Travis Renney), an angel (Lydia Renney), Mary (Sara Renney) and one of the wise men (Loretta Lundy) were part of the annual Living Nativity Saturday evening at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)
Hundreds turn out for annual Living Nativity
December 5, 2018 - 12:36pm
November 24, 2018
A large crowd gathered for the annual Christmas in the Fort lighting ceremony at the Runestone Museum. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) play button
Lighting up the town w/video
November 24, 2018 - 9:12am
December 27, 2017
Danza Johnsrud, a nurse on the labor and delivery floor at the Douglas County Hospital, taught herself to sew so that the Christmas tradition of stockings for December babies could be carried on. (Beth Leipholtz / Echo Press)
Hospital's stockings a treasured tradition
December 27, 2017 - 12:16pm
December 25, 2017
Christmas is coldest in more than two decades in region
December 25, 2017 - 5:38pm
December 22, 2017
LETTER: Don't let distractions take over Christmas
December 22, 2017 - 4:52pm
December 21, 2017
Most elegant (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Best and brightest: Check out winners of lights contest
December 21, 2017 - 6:23am
December 17, 2017
The congregation sings favorite Christmas carols and hymns during the annual Christmas Service at Spruce Hill Church near Miltona. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Christmas service held at historic Spruce Hill Church
December 17, 2017 - 3:34pm