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September 12, 2018
Climatologist Mark Seeley shows a crowded auditorium the unpredictability of Alexandria's weather. On Sept. 6, 1913, the temperature reached 97 degrees. On the same date in 1956, it was 36 degrees. On the same date in 1930 a dust storm rolled through, while in 2010 a thunderstorm dumped 2.6 inches of rain here. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
Winters becoming wimpier
September 12, 2018 - 6:54am
September 11, 2018
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Explore Minnesota releases year’s first fall color map
September 11, 2018 - 1:27pm
August 30, 2018
Starry stonewort invasive algae. Forum News Service file photo
Volunteers search 187 Minnesota lakes, find only one with invasive algae
August 30, 2018 - 4:26pm
August 29, 2018
The wayward roseate spoonbill is pictured Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington. (Isaac Hosch/ Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union)
Hey, that's no loon! Subtropical bird spotted in Minnesota for first time
August 29, 2018 - 4:17pm
August 11, 2018
Raked-up starry stonewort from Lake Koronis in Paynesville. (Contributed / DNR)
Volunteers needed to search for starry stonewort
August 11, 2018 - 5:07am
July 12, 2018
VanBeek's wife Kay confirmed that there was an encounter with a bear, but preferred at this time not to give many more details, saying that the county was releasing information on the incident. In mourning the loss of her husband, she did not want to expand much except to say there were no cubs and he was not mauled. Photo Illustration
Mysterious death follows bear encounter in central Minnesota
July 12, 2018 - 1:56pm
July 5, 2018
Tim Bayerl, engineer and Stormwater Management Committee chairman, was one of many individuals who shared their expertise on the tour. (Alexis Habberstad / Echo Press)
Trading pens for paddles: Stormwater management group explores vital watershed point
July 5, 2018 - 10:21am
June 28, 2018
Megan Kavanagh and Mike Azjac, co-owners of The Marine Landing B.O.T.M., on the St. Croix River last week had to close their restaurant  due to the river’s rising waters. (Tad Vezner / Pioneer Press)
DNR urges caution on swollen Minnesota lakes and rivers
June 28, 2018 - 10:12pm
June 21, 2018
Sarah Zellmer, an intern with the Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District, tests drinking water for nitrates during a free nitrate clinic Monday. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
Nitrate clinic finds well water OK
June 21, 2018 - 8:35am
May 3, 2018
Yes, it holds four kids and two adults. Lisa and Adam Gustafson pose with their month-old Tesla Model X, an all-electric vehicle that can travel up to 300 miles per charge. They'll be at a Saturday event at Alexandria Technical and Community College promoting electric cars. (Karen Tolkkinen / Echo Press)
'Part of the future': Electric cars showcased this weekend
May 3, 2018 - 11:03am
April 18, 2018
In addition to year-round species of birds in Minnesota, bird watchers are seeing migrant species, like these common redpolls, staying around longer until the weather shifts. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Hungry birds: Cold spring delays migration, limits food sources
April 18, 2018 - 6:57am
April 6, 2018
Zebra mussels are an aquatic invasive species that can cause problems on lakes by attaching to boat motors and boat hulls, docks, lifts, rocks and swimming areas. They can also clog irrigation intakes and other pipes. (Contributed)
Strategy for lake invaders: Slow the spread
April 6, 2018 - 10:47am
March 23, 2018
(From left) Mary Pehan, Kris Peterson and Dorothy Hlinsky share a laugh while transplanting sweet potato vines at Anderson Florist and Greenhouse in Alexandria Tuesday. Although it was snowing outside, Tuesday marked the first day of spring. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)
Seeds of spring: Season arrives early in greenhouses
March 23, 2018 - 12:57pm
March 17, 2018
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March 17, 2018 - 1:15pm
March 3, 2018
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March 3, 2018 - 1:46pm
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