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Franken's Senate vacancy is hardly Minnesota's first
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Blizzard hockey: Scanlon sends Alexandria out a winner
Boys basketball: Johnsrud's 25 leads Lakers to 3-0
Girls basketball: BBE stymies Lakers defensively
Volleyball: Duwenhoegger, Hardy named volleyball co-MVPs
Girls basketball: Osakis looking for offense after loss to BBE
A space for young learners: Library exhibit combines science and art
One page at a time: Library can help you through the holidays
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
Helping African firefighters
Cross-country bicyclist to stop in Alexandria
Just for Kix hosts annual dance show
Extremely rare Canada lynx spotted in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest
Mike Frisch: Icing winter walleyes
Local hunters keep an eye on CWD developments
Morken: Make the most of this final month
Five cases of CWD confirmed in southeastern Minnesota
Dale E. Anderson
Terrance L. Koep
Earl D. Ihnen
Linda L. Moske
Our Turn: Echo Press saves taxpayers money
LETTER: Farm bill renewal is in sight
LETTER: Peterson should ignore bad advice
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
LETTER: Military requires harassment training
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
Bello Cucina abruptly closes doors for good
Dollar District closing Sunday, Nov. 26
On The Street
KCCO going away, but CBS signal may stay
Laven re-elected to the state chamber board
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January 13, 2016
New Year's resolutions for consumers
The start of a new year is the perfect time to protect your personal and financial information. Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota offer some simple tips to help you prepare. 1. Check your credit report for free at AnnualCreditReport.com. Review it closely...
January 13, 2016 - 12:00am
November 29, 2015
Ten tips for Cyber Monday
After Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, many shoppers go online to check out Cyber Monday specials. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers expect to do almost half of their holiday shopping online this year. CyberMonday, the Monday after Black Friday, has grown...
November 29, 2015 - 6:00am
August 8, 2013
Customers protest customer service of online furniture dealer
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is issuing an alert on Defy Supply, LLCm an online furniture dealer that has been the subject of customer complaints. The company, based in the Twin Cities and which also does business as Eho Studios, LLC, has been given...
August 8, 2013 - 11:15am
June 29, 2013
After-storm advice for hiring a contractor
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) reminds homeowners to do their homework before hiring a building contractor after a storm ... or anytime. "There are many companies in Minnesota that specialize in repairing roofs, siding, and windows resulting from storm damage....
June 29, 2013 - 3:14pm
April 20, 2013
Your Legal Rights: How to assert your rights as a consumer
Editor's note: The following column is from the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. Most companies understand that it is usually beneficial to try to find a solution to a consumer's concerns. Companies don't want unhappy consumers to complain and use a competitor's...
April 20, 2013 - 10:22am
April 11, 2013
Alert issued over radiant barrier products for attics
The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources has issued an alert to consumers who are considering the purchase of radiant barriers in their attics.
April 11, 2013 - 8:18am
November 25, 2012
Attention Cyber Monday shoppers: Follow these tips
After Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, you might think consumers will be ready for a break - but not so fast! For the last several years, Cyber Monday - the Monday after Black Friday - has grown increasingly popular among consumers looking to take advantage of online clearance...
November 25, 2012 - 9:32am
August 20, 2012
Better Business Bureau offers business reviews
If you need a new roof on your home, would you check roofers out with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) before choosing a company? What if your business needed a new roof? Not so long ago, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota got a new roof, and it put on its consumer...
August 20, 2012 - 10:58am
July 29, 2012
Protect yourself from credit card skimming
Even if you're choosy about which ATMs and gas stations you frequent, you can still become a victim of identity thieves that place seamless devices on machines to steal - or "skim" - sensitive financial information. Skimming is a growing problem and the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota...
July 29, 2012 - 12:20pm
July 28, 2012
Warning issued over insurance deductible rebates from contractors
When severe thunderstorms roll through the area, many homeowners find themselves calling their insurance companies to determine if damage to their homes is covered by their homeowners' policies.
July 28, 2012 - 2:14pm
July 9, 2012
Consumer advisory issued on peppermint bon bon ice cream
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Cass-Clay Creamery of Fargo, N.D., are advising consumers of an allergy alert on undeclared eggs in Peppermint Bon Bon Ice Cream. The Cass-Clay Creamery is voluntarily recalling Hornbacher's Peppermint Bon Bon Light (half gallon/1.89...
July 9, 2012 - 4:39pm
July 2, 2012
Advice on dealing with aftermath of disasters
After the storms which caused disastrous flooding and major property damage to parts of the state, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is offering advice to those affected, as they begin the process of cleaning up and making repair decisions. Natural disasters...
July 2, 2012 - 2:25pm
June 18, 2012
Your Legal Rights: Gift cards -- there's no such thing as a free lunch
From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson In 1850, a Milwaukee saloon advertised in the newspaper a free lunch at a bar. A free lunch was a marketing technique used by mid-19th century saloon owners to lure patrons to the bar. The patrons, however, could only get...
June 18, 2012 - 10:50am
May 21, 2012
Better Business Bureau issues advisory about Clear-Cast HDTV Antenna
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has received hundreds of calls from consumers nationwide inquiring about the Clear-Cast HDTV Antenna. The product is manufactured by Brilliant Built Technologies, a subsidiary of Universal Media Syndicate, Inc., located in Canton, Ohio. The company...
May 21, 2012 - 7:36am
March 5, 2012
Beware of salespeople pitching energy savings from radiant barriers
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has issued a consumer alert, encouraging Minnesota homeowners to think twice before installing radiant barriers in their attics. The Department's Division of Energy Resources (DER) has received reports of salespeople pitching radiant barrier products...
March 5, 2012 - 2:16pm