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Alexandria celebrates in the streets
Meeting to address help for those with autism
Rep. Peterson: Rural America's critical infrastructure needs include broadband, flood control
So you think you can dance? It may not be legal under current city ordinance
As storms roll in, so does help for cleaning up
Junior Legion: Blacks win District 9 title
The pitch for horseshoes
Storhaug locks up first triathlon win in Clearwater
Legion Baseball: Alex tops Fergus in substate opener
Flesner cards hole in one at Nordic Trails
VFW Auxiliary to host salad luncheon
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
At Douglas County Library: Fun socks, Legos and oh yeah, books!
Tickets available for 25th chamber music festival
Lakes museum plans events for book lovers
Engaged - Friedrichs and Werk
Engaged - Batcher and Janssen
Engaged - Berglin and Kolden
Engaged - Gearman and Whiting
Wedding - Karthikeyan and Freborg
Should have got a bigger net: Eight-year old lands 50-incher on Miltona
Mike Frisch: Froggin' for big bass
Plenty of panfish for annual Senior Fishing Day
A booming bass bite: Local tournament circuit finds success on area lakes
Morken: Summer deer-hunting work will pay off in the fall
Clifford W. Wunderlich
Lois Elaine Lindberg
Joy L. McWhorter
Jean A. Johnson
Views by the Echo Press Editorial Board: Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
Letter: State's budget process is concerning
Commentary: Look at the big picture for B-E
Echo Press Editorial: Beware of storm-damage rebate offers
In The Know: The true side of volunteering
Millerville gets hands-on with butter
Tractors to parade down 36 mile memory lane
Douglas County 4-H campers
Cattlemen invite public to July 11 get-together
4-H announces K-3 summer camps
A new place for ink opens in Alexandria
Author Faith Sullivan to sign books in Alexandria
Knute Nelson partners with Centrex Rehab, adds memory care unit
Glenwood State Bank joins top workplace list
New wedding venue opens in Alexandria
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On The Street
July 14, 2010
State tries to fill gap in budget
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's finance leaders are ready to take out a $600 million loan if needed to fill gaps left by a state budget deficit. Governor Tim Pawlenty's budget chief, Tom Hanson, told a legislative committee Monday that the state shuffled more than $1 billion from one account...
July 14, 2010 - 12:00am
July 4, 2010
CIty officials urged to get word out on budget
(A note from the Echo Press editor: This story from the Morris Tribune highlights comments made from a representative from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Elizabeth Wefel, who made a similar presentation to the Alexandria City Council at its June 28 meeting.) Civic officials...
July 4, 2010 - 11:54am
June 6, 2010
BBB offers money management advice for newlyweds
Marriage is an exciting time for a couple, however, once the honeymoon is over, it's time to sit down and get serious about your finances. After walking down the aisle, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) advises newlyweds to take control of their money...
June 6, 2010 - 8:02am
June 5, 2010
Darling, you need a financial makeover...
A recent Thrivent Financial/Kiplinger Survey of Family Finances showed that many couples would give their spouse or partner a financial makeover, if they could. Nearly two in five Americans (39 percent) with a spouse or partner said they most wanted to increase their beloved's earning...
June 5, 2010 - 8:03am
June 3, 2010
How to spot red flags of investment seminar scam
Falling victim to a fraudulent investment scheme can mean losing anywhere from a few hundred dollars to your life savings. While most people might not see the harm in sitting through an investment seminar, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) recommends researching...
June 3, 2010 - 8:08am
May 19, 2010
Legislators end year with balanced budget
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislators knew they were in for a tough year when they arrived at the Capitol on February 4. After three and a half months, they needed another 11 hours to finish the hardest job, balancing the state's $3 billion budget deficit. They did that work by delaying...
May 19, 2010 - 12:00am
May 8, 2010
Survey shows Americans struggling to find financial foothold
The stock market is up and the economy is on the mend, but Americans are still struggling to find a financial foothold, according to the Thrivent Financial/ Kiplinger Survey of Family Finances released this week. The results - which appear in the June 2010 issue of Kiplinger's Personal...
May 8, 2010 - 10:11am
May 5, 2010
Editorial - How would you grade yourself financially?
Some people like to complain. It's a part of their nature to grumble about how bad things are, how the economy has gone to pot, how inept government is in trying to fix it and how other people's greed caused it. While those arguments have merit, many of the people who are making...
May 5, 2010 - 12:00am
April 2, 2010
Tax refunds a little larger this year
Electronically filed tax returns are on track with last year and overall refunds are running nearly 10 percent higher so far in 2010, according to statistics issued this week by the Internal Revenue Service. The statistics, covering the period through March 12, show that while the...
April 2, 2010 - 12:00am
Free income tax assistance available
Free income tax assistance and e-filing is again available for middle- and low-income taxpayers and senior citizen taxpayers. Free TaxAide assistance will continue through April 15, 2010. The TaxAide site in Alexandria is at the Alexandria Senior Center and appointments can be made...
April 2, 2010 - 12:00am
March 26, 2010
Class topic: cash flow
The Alexandria Technical College (ATC) will conduct a two-hour session entitled "Managing Your Cash Flow - Your Key to Survival in an Economy in Turmoil" on Wednesday, April 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the college. In this workshop, you will learn and develop cash management strategies...
March 26, 2010 - 12:00am
March 5, 2010
Budget picture better but not by much
ST. PAUL - Minnesota's current budget picture is a bit brighter than three months ago, but the next budget could be the state's biggest-ever financial challenge. The current budget is $944 million short, state officials announced Tuesday, but depending upon what legislators and the...
March 5, 2010 - 12:00am
February 19, 2010
Cities, counties brace for cuts
If Governor Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal is approved, local governments would have to come up with some creative new ways of saving money. Alexandria...
February 19, 2010 - 12:05am
December 18, 2009
Survey: 86 percent of nonprofits report fiscal stress
The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) has released its survey on the status of Minnesota's volunteer programs in a shifting environment. The survey of 280 Minnesota nonprofit and governmental organizations in late September found: Organizations experiencing...
December 18, 2009 - 12:00am
Behind on car payments? Here's advice on how to avoid the repo man
As the economic slump continues, many people are struggling to make ends meet, and unfortunately, vehicle repossessions are on the rise. Having a car repossessed hinders more than just a car owner's mobility; it has a severe impact on credit scores, thereby limiting the ability to...
December 18, 2009 - 12:00am