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Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, Dec. 8
Local lawmakers want surplus used for health care, tax relief
NA3HL hockey: A hat trick of hat tricks
Boys basketball: DeWenter's late winner has Osakis believing at 3-0 (W/video)
Sports schedule for Saturday, Dec. 10
Sports schedule for Saturday, Dec. 10
Wrestling: Silverstreaks split at New London-Spicer Tri
Ernie Unruh Christian Service Award lunch rescheduled
Heaven's headlines are the ones that matter
Students test their knowledge in science fairs
Annual Jingle Bells Telethon is Dec. 10
Crockpot 'crocktails' on standby with or without alcohol
Births - Dec. 9, 2016
Butler and Joswiak
Wedding - Steinhagen and Sperl
Wedding - Cunningham and Thielke
Births - Nov. 25, 2016
Catching those early-ice walleyes
From the stand: A good way to end it
Applications open for spring turkey's first two seasons
Morken: Some "hunters" don't represent hunting
Bucks on the ground
Harriet M. Johnson
Christian "Christy" Lorsung
COMMENTARY: Take a look at how Minnesota turkeys are raised
LETTER: Fake news is form of terrorism
LETTER: Burden falling on younger generations
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IT'S OUR TURN: 'Don't forget to remember'
Winter grazing of cover crops is subject of workshop
2016 University of Minnesota Top 10 performing annuals
Weak farm economy adds twists to rental negotiations
Producers encouraged to consider FSA options
Applications available for Conservation Stewardship Program
Making a new home
Alex Carpet One supports Building for America's Bravest
Knute Nelson Hospice delivers veteran-centric care
ATCC, area businesses host annual tour days
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COMMENTARY: Honor service every day
By U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota Every year, right after election day, we gather to honor our veterans. But this year's election was unlike many others. It was contentious. It got ugly. It even tested the bounds of our democracy. So, here we are. On the other side. And after...
November 11, 2016 - 9:34am
September 12, 2014
State VVA president visits local chapter
The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) West Central Minnesota Chapter 235 had a special guest at its September 4 meeting at the Alexandria VFW...
September 12, 2014 - 12:00am
August 14, 2013
More veterans eligible for Minnesota GI Bill benefits
Governor Mark Dayton recently announced a new expansion of eligibility for Minnesota GI Bill benefits. This session, Dayton signed a measure designed to give more Minnesota veterans access to the financial aid resources they need to pursue a higher education. For many Minnesota veterans...
August 14, 2013 - 12:00am
August 9, 2013
Help available for veterans
Last week, veterans outreach staff from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's office toured the state to host forums offering information about opportunities for veteran benefits. They stopped in Alexandria Thursday along with several state agency representatives.
August 9, 2013 - 12:00am
June 7, 2013
Wage and benefit survey offered for businesses in Alexandria area
Businesses that are located within 50 miles of the Alexandria area are invited to participate in the 2013 West Central Minnesota Wage and Benefit Survey. The survey offers an opportunity for West Central Minnesota businesses to receive local information on wages and benefits of companies...
June 7, 2013 - 12:00am
February 15, 2013
How to apply for Social Security benefits
Here are a few important items about Social Security retirement benefits and how to apply for them. When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn credits toward Social Security benefits. If you were born in 1929 or later, you need 40 credits (10 years of work) to qualify...
February 15, 2013 - 12:00am
February 8, 2013
Do you receive federal benefits? Switch deadline looming
The U.S. Department of the Treasury reported that 5 million checks continue to be mailed to federal beneficiaries each month. On March 1, 2013, the electronic payment law goes into effect and the Treasury Department is urging Social Security and other federal benefit recipients to...
February 8, 2013 - 12:00am
October 12, 2012
It's 'open season' for Medicare Part D plan
Hunting season is open. But rather than hunting for game, may we recommend setting your sights for the Part D Medicare prescription drug plan that's best for you? You'll have more time than usual this year because open season is lasting longer than usual. If you currently are enrolled...
October 12, 2012 - 12:00am
September 5, 2012
Electronic payments: The best and soon the only way to get benefits
Chances are, if you receive Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or any federal payment, you receive it electronically. More than 90 percent of people getting monthly Social Security benefits already receive electronic payments. If you don't yet, that's...
September 5, 2012 - 12:00am
June 27, 2012
How does the Affordable Care Act affect seniors?
I get a lot of questions about the Affordable Care Act and I will try to explain at least five key areas about it and hope this helps you to understand it better. 1. The law protects your basic Medicare benefits and it improves some benefits.
June 27, 2012 - 12:00am
March 30, 2012
Expert to discuss budget cuts and VA benefits
How will federal budget cuts affect Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits? Dr. Susan Markstrom, chief of staff for the St, Cloud Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will make a presentation on the topic on Tuesday, April 3 as a part of the Alexandria American Legion Post 87 and Auxiliary meeting. It...
March 30, 2012 - 12:00am
November 20, 2010
Medicare enrollment alert: Dates and benefit changes senior should know
The Minnesota Department of Commerce would like seniors who rely on Medicare for their health care needs to be aware of a number of changes next year that will affect their benefits. Enrollment period changes This year, annual enrollment runs from Nov. 15, 2010 through Dec....
November 20, 2010 - 11:28am
November 6, 2009
Length of jobless benefits is reduced to 72 weeks
The U.S. Department of Labor has certified that the state is no longer eligible for the final tier of extended federal unemployment benefits. As a result, the potential number of weeks of jobless benefits available must be reduced from 79 to 72. The change in program eligibility...
November 6, 2009 - 12:00am
April 17, 2009
Unemployment benefits extended 13 weeks
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced that additional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits will be available to unemployed Minnesotans who have exhausted both regular UI and Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits. These...
April 17, 2009 - 12:00am
February 18, 2009
Unemployment benefits extended in state
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Dan McElroy has announced the availability of state emergency unemployment benefits. Governor Tim Pawlenty signed the bill providing Special State Emergency Unemployment Compensation for unemployed Minnesotans...
February 18, 2009 - 12:00am