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Police investigate shooting in Alexandria
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Jingle Bells correction
Law Enforcement Blotter: Dec. 5-6
Volleyball: Duwenhoegger takes home MVP for the Cards
Sports schedule for Sunday, Dec. 9
Boys cross country: Galloway delivers as Cards' top runner
Girls basketball scores from Friday, Dec. 7
Boys basketball: Jensen, Barkeim help Minnewaska edge Sauk Centre
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
And the most-requested library books are....
Faith Weisel Curtis
Shelbee Jean Kaufman
Presumptive positive for CWD in wild deer found in Houston County for first time
Mike Frisch: In the blink of an eye
DNR announces two December deer hunts as part of CWD management efforts
DNR intensifies CWD response efforts in southeastern Minnesota
Terry Lynn Dillon
Lowell O. Berg
Virgil A. Warkenthien
Terry L. Dillon
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
It's Our Turn: Is the past becoming irrelevant?
An Echo Press Editorial - Series message: David can beat Goliath
1968: Alexandria top choice for junior college
In the Know: Christmas season begins!
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
Cupkie Christmas Village is a true holiday experience!
Creating a culture of mutual support: Adapting is part of survival
Retail is reinventing itself: Education, customer service among keys for area stores
Gas prices fall to lowest of the year in North Dakota, Minnesota, nation
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Friends of the Library
March 12, 2018
And the most-requested library books are....
The Douglas County Library is a busy place. The 21,728 registered borrowers at the library read, watched or listened to 324,837 books, audiobooks, movies and CDs from the library in 2017. At the end of 2017, the library's collection held 109,617 items. Everything in our library is...
March 12, 2018 - 7:03am
January 11, 2018
What would Mr. Fitzgerald think?
Delving into the history of the Douglas County Library for a number of projects last year gave me an interesting reminder of how different the library is today than when it was first established in the 1890s. In fact, the Alexandria Public Library that I first entered almost 36 years...
January 11, 2018 - 8:24am
November 3, 2017
Library friends back new writers, fun events
If you are reading this column today, it is quite likely that you may not recognize the name Allen Eskens. Those fortunate enough to attend the special night at the Carnegie Library put on by the Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation on Oct. 16 got to meet Allen. Others may...
November 3, 2017 - 3:38pm
October 18, 2013
Dave Simpkins featured at Friends of the Library event
Dave Simpkins will be featured in a presentation about Sinclair Lewis on Monday, October 21 at 4:30 p.m.
October 18, 2013 - 9:27am
October 19, 2012
Paranormal author to identify Minnesota hauntings
The Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation are presenting a haunting program in anticipation of Halloween. Author Chad Lewis will present the Most Haunted Locations of Minnesota, where he will discuss his adventures as a paranormal researcher and his book, The Minnesota Road...
October 19, 2012 - 12:00am
October 3, 2012
Join the 'Friends'... join the fun!
Join the Friends of the Library. Your membership will contribute to library needs and materials. You will be part of a group that believes a strong vibrant library is good for the whole community. There are opportunities to participate in fundraising activities, author visits, special...
October 3, 2012 - 12:00am
July 25, 2012
Annual book sale is almost here
The annual Friends of the Douglas County Library Book Sale will be held on Thursday, August 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 311 Broadway in Alexandria. The sale will feature thousands of titles for children and adults in many categories - fiction, mystery, science...
July 25, 2012 - 12:00am
June 20, 2012
Explore lakes area history with republished keepsake
Those of us who grew up in the Midwest are accustomed to the changing seasons. We endured the cold snowy days of winter, basked in the early sunshine of spring while watching the flowers come to life... then came summer! A great segue into what I am very excited to share with you. Not...
June 20, 2012 - 12:00am
May 23, 2012
Following the trail of a donated book
The Douglas County Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support and promote the local library. We receive many boxes of books throughout the year from readers in our community. These donations are greatly appreciated. Let's climb inside one of...
May 23, 2012 - 12:00am
April 25, 2012
Consider joining the library Friends and Foundation
The mission of the Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation is to support and promote the Douglas County Library. If you've shopped our Used Book Sale in August or have visited the Friends of the Library Book Store in the library (open Monday through Friday), you may wonder...
April 25, 2012 - 12:00am
March 28, 2012
World Book Night: Spreading the love of reading, person to person
When Kathleen from Cherry Street Books shared information with me about World Book Night in January of this year, I was immediately excited! What could be better than receiving 20 new books free to distribute to adult and young adult readers who do not have easy access to books...
March 28, 2012 - 12:00am
October 1, 2010
Douglas County Library supporters seek more 'friends'
The Douglas County Library Friends and Foundation was recognized at Tuesday's Douglas County regular board meeting. Karen Simmons, Douglas County Library interim director, asked commissioners to proclaim October 17-23 as Friends of the Library Week. In addition, she urged all commissioners...
October 1, 2010 - 12:00am
February 19, 2010
For the love of books
Many of you have heard about the Friends of the Library organization, but do you really know what it is? It's a group of people just like you...
February 19, 2010 - 12:00am
November 18, 2009
Friends of the LIbrary has long history
I was quite hesitant when asked to write the column that is usually done by our newly retired Douglas County Librarian, Trish Conroy. However, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity for me to talk about the annual Cookie Walk, a special event that the Friends of the Library will...
November 18, 2009 - 12:00am