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WCA takes first in Class A at huge Mega Meet
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DNR release: Optimistic about Saturday's duck opener
Posted, but done properly? Rules, prosecuting case can be complicated
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A whirlwind of a win: Alexandria anglers take big payday in first pro tournament
DNR roadside survey: Pheasant index down 26 percent
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Letter: Music and songs with meaning
Commentary: A dialogue on race and a Confederate flag
It's Our Turn: The importance of precise guesstimation
Letter: Who earned the right to sit during anthem?
Echo Press Editorial: Feds delay in health care hurts consumers
Dairy council seeks candidates
Tomato tasting at the library
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Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
Fairfield Inn to open in January
Data trackers zero in on Alexandria area
Tastefully Simple confirms layoffs, opening up building space for tenants
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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