Alexandria Echo Press
The loud screaming to repeal the Affordable Care Act is drowning out an important question: What would the fallout be? Would we be better off without ACA? A new report says no. Through ACA, hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans have gained coverage and millions more have had their coverage substantially improved, according to the report.
The gap in providing mental health services to those who need it is growing. Help for one segment of the population — veterans — continues to get delayed and overlooked. Yet so many veterans are struggling with depression and other mental illnesses that it's being called an epidemic by congressional leaders. The statistics are grim: • Veterans account for 18 percent of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults. Sixty-five percent of all veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or older.
It's so easy to take for granted all those who respond to emergency situations. Ambulance crews are like electricity. They're expected to be there, no matter the time of day or night, no matter the conditions. Instead of flipping a switch, those who urgently need medical care call 911. Within seconds, help is on the way. North Memorial Health Care responded to a call to transport a patient from the Douglas County Hospital to another medical facility to receive specialized care. This time, however, something went wrong.
After heavy rain early this morning, a flash flood warning has been issued in southern Douglas County, including Alexandria, by the National Weather Service.
What do you do if a spouse or family member is having a heart attack? You call 911. Help arrives within minutes and life-saving measures are taken quickly. But what do you do if a loved one is experiencing a mental breakdown, severe depression or a psychotic break that puts his or her life in danger as well as the lives of others? Where do you take them to get help? And how long will it take?
ALEXANDRIA -- One person is dead after an officer shot a suspect Tuesday in downtown Alexandria. About 2:15 p.m., law enforcement was called to the 300 block of Irving Street. According to the Alexandria Police Department, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was conducting an undercover operation involving the solicitation of minors. Supporting agencies included Alexandria police and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Osakis in Todd and Douglas counties, as well as in northwestern Minnesota’s East Spirit Lake in Otter Tail County. On July 9, an East Spirit Lake user brought a one-quarter inch zebra mussel to the DNR Fergus Falls office. A subsequent two-day search of four locations by DNR staff found one live zebra mussel one-quarter mile from the initial report.
You walk back to your parked car after spending an hour shopping or dining out and you discover it now has a big dent. There is no other worried driver at the scene, no note, just that ugly dent and the feeling you have of being violated. And if you're a hit-and-run victim, that's a best case scenario. You could have been crashed into while you were driving, leaving you or your passengers injured while the other driver speeds away. Or you could lose a loved one who is killed in a hit-and-run. It happens all too often.
A scam is going around again that local business should be aware of. Businesses are notified that they've won a "best of" award for the city they're located in. Sounds good, right? Who doesn't like to win an award? However, to receive the award, business owners are told they must make a payment to purchase their plaque or award. Such awards are called vanity awards, and entities that offer them are nebulous at best, and entirely fraudulent in most cases, according to the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB).
Let’s make this clear right off the bat — this is not an anti-gun statement. Having gotten that out of the way, what is the obsession lately with people wanting...