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Financial course offered at Lake Community Church

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU) will offer a nine-week course at Lake Community Church in Alexandria.

It is designed to provide families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial successs.

The course meets once a week and attendees will hear a different message from Ramsey on DVD, followed by small-group group discussion.

Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

Classes will begin Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Contact Henrik Bjorndahl at (320) 762-5424 for more information or to register.

Since its inception in 1994, FPU has helped more than 1.5 million families change their financial future, according to Ramsey. On average, families who complete the course pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days, Ramsey said. Following the class, nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly.

"FPU will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life," sad Ramsey, who is the author of four best-selling books. "This isn't a boring financial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information."