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Douglas County Hospital gets 'blue ribbon' for vaccination effort
Speaker: Officers are 'not normal; you're special'
Law enforcement blotter: Tuesday, August 23
Almost 1,000 gather in memory of slain 5-year-old Watkins girl
New effort tries to draw more people into area
99 holes to celebrate 99 years
Fun meets a potential future in stock cars for many young go-kart drivers
Tweaks for progress: Shifted backfield, young line highlight B-E football
Following its headline year: Christensen steps in for Minnewaska football
WISSOTA racing returns to Douglas County Fair
Put the fun back in parenting
Walk raises awareness of congenital heart defects
AAHS students, alumni kick off Project 1440
Discovery Middle School hosts orientations, open house
Cunninghams win wing sauce contest
Births - through Aug. 12, 2016
Engaged - Dokken-McFann and Gran
Births - Aug. 3-8, 2016
Engaged - Benning and Notch
Engaged - Butler and Joswiak
DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Stringer full of walleyes
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
A big bass for Beau
Clara "Clair" A. Gustafson
Bernard "Bernie" V. Dulski
Arland E. Hirman
Roy A. Johnson
Gladys M. Hogan
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
LETTER: All are born in spiritual darkness
From the archives - 1966: Six boxes of contest butter to be auctioned off at county fair
EDITORIAL: Small towns can have big problems
LETTER: The same old arguments against Christianity
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Beach named editor of Echo Press
New rules implemented for telemarketers
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
May 27, 2016
Minnesota manufacturers are confident, but concerned
Many Minnesota manufacturers are feeling high levels of confidence in the financial prospects of their companies, while at the same time voicing concern for the U.S. economy. This finding was part of the State of Manufacturing Survey, the results of which were shared at a survey release...
May 27, 2016 - 12:00am
March 16, 2016
USDA expands microloans to help farmers financing
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in...
March 16, 2016 - 12:00am
June 9, 2013
Dad: Are you teaching children responsible money management?
Editor's note: The following column was provided by Cary Siegel, a retired business executive and author. As a father of five teenagers, it feels like all I do every day is teach my kids lessons. These lessons span a wide range of topics - from "how to treat others," to "being a...
June 9, 2013 - 2:52pm
March 16, 2013
Don't let an 'authorization hold' on credit card hold you hostage
Credit is a convenience; it allows you to charge a meal on your credit card, pay for an appliance with an installment plan, or take out a loan to buy a house. However, when dining out at a fancy restaurant or spending the night away in a hotel, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota...
March 16, 2013 - 9:46am
February 27, 2013
Is your parent a 'prime' target for financial abuse?
Americans between 70 and 90 are still the wealthiest group in the U.S. It's no surprise that they are also prime targets for financial exploitation and abuse. According to experts, a prime target is: --A woman usually between the ages of 80 and 89. --Men who have recently lost...
February 27, 2013 - 12:00am
February 20, 2013
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...
February 20, 2013 - 12:00am
December 16, 2012
Tracking your spending can steer you out of trouble this Christmas season
Holiday season can be stressful for Minnesota consumers, especially if the prospect of buying gifts will add to an already burdensome debt load. "Careful planning and active communication are important tools to effectively managing personal finances, particularly if a consumer...
December 16, 2012 - 3:35pm
November 20, 2012
State auditor releases 2011 Town Finances Report
State Auditor Rebecca Otto has released the Minnesota Town Finances Report, a comprehensive report on revenues, expenditures and debt. The report analyzes town financial operations for the calendar year ended December 31, 2011. In 2011, there were 1,785 towns compared to 854 cities...
November 20, 2012 - 12:00am
September 23, 2012
Life after bankruptcy -- how to get your finances back on track
More than 600,000 new bankruptcy cases were filed in the first half of 2012. If you were one of them, it may feel like your financial future is doomed. Not so, says the Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA). While you will face challenges post-bankruptcy, you can chart a new financial...
September 23, 2012 - 10:00am
August 19, 2012
Is money tight? Don't ignore your retirement plan, says BBB
During challenging economic times, it can be tempting to forego contributions to your retirement account, or even to pull money out of an existing account to cover other expenses.
August 19, 2012 - 10:56am
August 6, 2012
Credit cards 101: Helping college students build credit, avoid debt
American college students are swimming in a sea of credit card debt. Despite the CARD Act of 2009, which tightened laws on credit card companies that were doling out cards like candy to every college student on campus, a recent study shows that 70 percent of college students have...
August 6, 2012 - 2:20pm
July 8, 2012
Poll reveals consumers' top financial regrets
The recent National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) online poll allowed consumers to select their greatest financial regret. Of more than 2,200 respondents, 53 percent indicated that habitually overspending was what they regretted most. Overspending far outweighed other financial...
July 8, 2012 - 12:12pm
June 29, 2012
Jobs and Java to give presentation on managing finances
Jobs and Java will feature an informational presentation on "Managing your Finances: Budgeting and Living on a Limited Income while Job Seeking," provided by Wells Fargo, on Tuesday, July 3 at 10 a.m. It will explain what a blog is and how to use blogs to enhance job searches. The...
June 29, 2012 - 12:00am
May 28, 2012
Steps to improve your financial literacy
Do you wish you had more control over your financial situation? The good news is that you don't need to read a textbook to improve your financial literacy. In fact, according to the Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA), there are a few simple steps you can take to begin getting your...
May 28, 2012 - 2:03pm
October 23, 2011
What college students need to know about credit cards
The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (known as the Credit CARD Act) placed limits on the ability of those under 21 to get a credit card. It also set strict limits on card companies' ability to market to college students. However, whether they get...
October 23, 2011 - 4:14pm