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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
Photo of the Week
March 17, 2018 - 1:15pm
March 3, 2018
Photo of the Week
March 3, 2018 - 1:46pm
December 1, 2017
A snowy owl is seen after being rescued from inside a cooling system at Alakef Coffee Roasters in Duluth on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Ezra Bennett)play button
Watch: Snowy owl rescued from Minnesota coffee roaster equipment
December 1, 2017 - 8:23am
August 17, 2017
Path of the eclipse: When and where to get the best view
August 17, 2017 - 9:27am
Path of the eclipse: When and where to get the best view
August 17, 2017 - 9:27am