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UPDATED: Victim identified in fire; smoke detectors helped children escape
Echo Press wins 17 awards in state newspaper contest
Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, Dec. 8
Local lawmakers want surplus used for health care, tax relief
Holiday Train to stop in Alexandria
Wrestling: Silverstreaks split at New London-Spicer Tri
Boys basketball: Lakers drop home opener in overtime loss
Boys basketball: Chargers roll to 2-0
Boys basketball: Turnovers haunt Ashby in home-opener
Gymnastics: Cardinals lose close one to Brainerd in home opener
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
Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale to close at year's end
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On The Street
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
August 30, 2013
Free educational health care and financial series offered
A free educational series sponsored by Thrivent Financial and Knute Nelson will prepare and educate participants on relevant health care and financial issues. Each free educational series is 60 minutes in length and will begin at 6 p.m. at Grand Arbor, 4403 Pioneer Road Southeast,...
August 30, 2013 - 9:17am
March 17, 2013
Getting income tax refund could be a mistake, say credit counselors
Millions of Americans celebrate receiving an income tax refund each year.
March 17, 2013 - 1:00pm
March 2, 2013
How financial savvy are you?
As part of America Saves Week 2013, scheduled for February 25 - March 2, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension, is spreading the saving message and urging Minnesotans to participate in America Saves Week. Financial literacy,...
March 2, 2013 - 2:30pm
February 9, 2013
Take this spending realty check
A January poll hosted on the National Foundation for Credit Counseling NFCC) website asked consumers if they had a spending problem, savings problem, neither or both. The overwhelming majority, 62 percent, identified themselves as having problems related to both spending and saving. ...
February 9, 2013 - 2:19pm
February 4, 2013
Expert offers three retirement planning tips for Baby Boomers
The economy may be recovering, but some of the changes wrought by the Great Recession may be long-lasting.
February 4, 2013 - 1:52pm
September 22, 2012
Here's how to avoid family business conflicts
There are 5.5 million family-owned businesses in the United States, according to Family Enterprise USA. These companies often unite family members behind a common purpose, but conflicts can arise when professional and personal lives overlap. If you're involved in a family business,...
September 22, 2012 - 9:58am
August 18, 2012
BBB offers financial advice for college-bound students (and their parents)
Between packing for college, buying school supplies and recovering from sticker shock, parents may be too bogged down to remember to pass on some pointers regarding finances as their child leaves the nest. To help college-bound students build a foundation of sound financial habits,...
August 18, 2012 - 10:54am
August 12, 2012
BBB offers advice on choosing estate sale business
An estate sale is often held when a person is looking to liquidate and sell personal items within a home. Estate sales can take place during stressful or emotional situations such as a divorce, the death of a family member or the need to downsize before a move. The Better Business...
August 12, 2012 - 12:34pm
August 10, 2012
Village Financial counselors help consumers understand credit reports
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced that it would soon begin examining credit reporting agencies to confirm that they are producing accurate credit reports and that consumers have the ability to dispute errors on their reports. The purpose of a credit...
August 10, 2012 - 12:00am
June 30, 2012
Five financial tips for single people
Almost half of all adult Americans--or nearly 100 million people--either have never been married or are divorced or widowed. Many of these people incorrectly decide that financial planning is something that only married people do, but it's always advisable to make sound financial...
June 30, 2012 - 10:39am
April 27, 2012
A.M. Best affirms Thrivent Financial for Lutherans A++ rating with stable outlook
A.M. Best has affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans A++ (superior) rating as well as its stable outlook. The A++ rating is the highest of the ratings agency's 16 ratings categories. A.M. Best cited Thrivent Financial's strong capitalization and earnings, positive operating results,...
April 27, 2012 - 12:00am
April 15, 2012
Small business advice for National Financial Literacy Month
Seventy-six percent of Americans are stressed about money, according to research by the American Psychological Association, and more than two-thirds of employers say that contributed to higher health costs, employee absences and lost productivity.
April 15, 2012 - 4:01pm
March 17, 2012
Have you noticed if your paycheck is larger?
Congress recently extended the payroll tax cut, so millions of Americans will continue to receive a fatter paycheck. However, a recent National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) poll revealed that 66 percent of workers did not realize that their paychecks were larger, in spite...
March 17, 2012 - 12:37pm
January 2, 2012
How to make your retirement savings last through your golden years
The good news: We're all living longer. The bad news: We're all going to have to come up with a way to pay our living expenses for our longer lives. How do you make sure your retirement income lasts as long as you do? There's a fine line between spending enough, but not too much,...
January 2, 2012 - 9:24am