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250-mile bike tour expected to bring more than 1,000 to Bemidji

July 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

This will be the first time the city hosts The Ride Across Minnesota, held annually in different parts of the state. This year’s ride goes from Bemidji to Alexandria with overnight stops in Walker, Park Rapids, Wadena and Fergus Falls. Continue Reading

Squid mystery shows up on shore of South Union Lake in Alexandria, Minn.

March 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It began as a mystery. Last Friday afternoon, the Alexandria (Minn.) Echo Press received a call from a resident on South Union Lake with a weird tip: He came across what appeared to be a dead squid lying on the ground of the public access on South Union Lake, just a few feet from the water. Continue Reading

Experts: Steel cable barriers in I-29 median might have saved four NDSU students

February 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

But placement of barriers, which cost up to $150,000 per mile to install, is based on traffic volume, the number of crashes and average speeds, said Bernie Arseneau, deputy commissioner and chief engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). “This is a very low-volume section of 94,” Arseneau said. Continue Reading

Missing for 5 months, Alexandria, Minn., dog Remi reunited with owner in Twin Cities metro

January 24, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Over five months, the dog traveled 150 miles and survived wintry Minnesota weather. Covered with wounds and starved enough to lose one-quarter of his body weight, he is believed to have escaped from dog-nappers. And like a celluloid hero, he came through it all with his tail wagging. Continue Reading

Surprise guest answers little girl’s Christmas wish

December 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Her list: Barbie and DadAbby Koopman of Alexandria wanted a Barbie for Christmas, but more than that, she wanted her dad home for the holidays. Abby’s dad, Joe Koopman, is a sergeant in the National Guard stationed in Kuwait.
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Minnesota state trooper jumps into lake to rescue driver

November 11, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Sgt. Jesse Grabow was on patrol on Interstate 94 near Alexandria Thursday afternoon when the car in front of him left the freeway and plunged into Lake Latoka. Grabow jumped into the chilly water as the woman’s car began to sink. Another trooper arrived and helped bring the woman to safety. Continue Reading

Scribble on prescription order causes fatal mistake for Alexandria, Minn., woman

November 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

When Herman Felt of Alexandria lost his wife, Darlene, to cardiac arrest last December, something didn’t feel right about her death. Last week, the Health Department released the results of an investigation that confirmed his suspicions: Darlene, 84, died after she was repeatedly given doses of potassium chloride that were 10 times stronger than prescribed. Continue Reading

‘What is that?’ Mysterious roadkill spawns all kinds of theories

August 9, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

An alien. An albino pig with long claws. A government experiment gone wrong. A werewolf. Those are just some of the guesses about what a weird looking dead animal found near Alexandria last week could be. Continue Reading

11-year-old saves mom, sister from possible car crash

July 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Life’s door can swing open or closed in just one moment. The Burns family of Alexandria, Minn., understands those fragile circumstances all too well. But the good judgment, perceptiveness and swift actions of 11-year-old Olivia Burns kept their family intact, saving them from what might have been a tragedy. Continue Reading

Mystery of Runestone to roll across America

May 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Images of the controversial stone, which is either one of the most important historical artifacts in the country or an elaborate hoax, will soon appear on U-Haul vans far and wide. Continue Reading