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One-room Minnesota schoolhouse student, now 96, and her teacher, 107, reunite
Getting a jump on spring
Alexandria junior earns perfect score on ACT
Meet the new Pet of the Week: Ratchet (w/video)
Law enforcement blotter: Wednesday, March 22
Paulson honored as Knights MVP
Four B-E players named LEC, Pheasant all-league
Alexandria's Walker named section swim COY
The end of an era: Simpson steps down at B-E after 605 head coaching wins
Homecoming: Swedberg takes over the Alex boys golf program he grew up in
Cancer benefit is set for Randy Beman
Organic Gardening Club to host barn dance
LIBRARY NEWS: Finding the time to read
Nowells to speak about merging of sports, Christianity
Sweetwater Revival to give concert of hope, encouragement
Births - March 17, 2017
Births - March 8, 2017
Engaged - Freiderich and Blumhoefer
Births - March 3, 2017
Engaged - Lee and Dybdal
Mike Frisch: What's my walleye line?
Art of every size, shape and color
DNR release: Catch-and-release summer walleye season announced for Mille Lacs
Carvers coming to the RCC
Bald eagles migrating back to Minnesota
Lynnette "Lynn" M. Kalina
Betty A. Dittberner
Christina Michelle Jackson
IN THE KNOW: Alexandria is top micropolitan in Minnesota
LETTER: Asking nicely; this time only
LETTER: Please don't litter
LETTER: Don't doubt that people want jobs
GUEST EDITORIAL: Sail a course to Real ID
Agriculture going strong in Douglas County
Douglas County Master Gardeners present Let's Get Growing workshop
Wussows named a Yieldmaster contest winner
Nominate a Farm Mom of the Year
Selecting fragrant flowers for your cutting garden
Coffee lover branches out: Alexandria man turns roasting into a side business
Ecumen Bethany Community receives Customer Experience Award
Parkers Prairie bar and grill is first to serve liquor
Dilley Zimny Insurance named a Circle of Excellence Agency
Ecumen Bethany Community receives workforce grant
hires and promotions
On The Street
July 20, 2016
New bill to crack down on fraud targeting seniors
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar recently announced that her bill to crack down on fraud targeted at seniors passed the Senate Commerce Committee, paving the way for a vote in the full Senate. Schemes targeting seniors include fraudulent investment plans, fraudulent prizes and sweepstakes,...
July 20, 2016 - 12:00am
April 1, 2016
COMMENTARY: new tools needed to protect Minnesota seniors against financial fraud
By Mike Rothman, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner, St. Paul, MN The Minnesota Commerce Department recently came to the aid of an older woman who had met a man on a well-known dating website. We weren’t breaking up a romance. We were stopping a crime. The man claimed to be a Minnesotan...
April 1, 2016 - 12:00am
January 26, 2014
Michaels arts and crafts reports possible data breach
By Jim Finkle, Reuters BOSTON – Michaels Companies Inc, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, said it is investigating a possible security breach on its payment card network and advised customers to check their financial statements for fraudulent activity. If confirmed,...
January 26, 2014 - 4:13pm
July 28, 2013
Legislation cracks down on fraud targeted at seniors
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, recently introduced bipartisan legislation to crack down on fraud targeted at seniors. The Seniors Fraud Protection Act would help fight scams designed to strip seniors of their assets by helping seniors, their...
July 28, 2013 - 12:34pm
June 19, 2013
Warrant issued for Georgia man in Douglas County
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Elijah Zachariah Moore in Douglas County. Moore, 24, of Atlanta, Georgia, was involved in a fraudulent...
June 19, 2013 - 9:50am
June 17, 2013
One of five seniors older than 65 are scammed, says survey
As part of the eighth annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman partnered with the state's leading experts on preventing elder abuse and exploitation at William Mitchell College of Law annual event to raise awareness in this...
June 17, 2013 - 10:22am
March 24, 2013
Tax professionals urged to spot financial abuse of seniors
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, for the second year, issued a letter to more than 9,000 licensed CPAs in Minnesota, to urge tax professionals to use their expertise to help spot elder fraud and financial abuse. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, under the leadership...
March 24, 2013 - 9:34am
February 12, 2013
Insurance fraud is in spotlight this week
To raise awareness, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is highlighting Insurance Fraud Awareness Week, February 11-15, 2013. Insurance fraud costs an average family about $950 a year, and insurance companies and consumers across the United States an estimated $80 million a year,...
February 12, 2013 - 11:32am
January 26, 2013
Minnesota leads nation in rise in organized auto insurance fraud
The Insurance Federation of Minnesota today called on regulators, prosecutors and legislators to redouble their commitment to crack down on No-Fault Auto Insurance Fraud in the state after new statistics released this week showed Minnesota as the state with the nation's highest rate...
January 26, 2013 - 7:01am
January 25, 2013
Minnesota leads in auto insurance fraud
The Insurance Federation of Minnesota (IFM) recently called on regulators, prosecutors and legislators to redouble their commitment to crack down on no-fault auto insurance fraud in the state. The crack-down came after new statistics showed Minnesota as the state with the nation's...
January 25, 2013 - 12:00am
December 10, 2012
Arrests made in multi-state check cashing scam
Three individuals were arrested in connection with a fraudulent check cashing scam spanning at least four states on December 3 in Alexandria....
December 10, 2012 - 12:54pm
December 4, 2012
Alexandria police investigating check fraud
The Alexandria Police Department (APD) is investigating fraudulent business checks being passed or attempted to be passed at banks in Alexandria and other communities in central Minnesota. These checks are generated with the names of real people using real ID's and the names of...
December 4, 2012 - 12:28pm
August 19, 2012
Beware of these six worst scams by contractors
Extreme storms may be America's new norm so homeowners must doubly protect against bogus repair work by shady contractors, warns the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud. Climate change means more frequent and intense storms may be coming, reveals a new study. The biggest rain and...
August 19, 2012 - 11:05am
June 18, 2012
State takes steps against elder abuse
Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman and Janet Golden from the Tubman Senior Rights Alliance joined in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day activities through their training, "Preventing Elderly Investment Fraud." The presentation was tailored to health care professionals,...
June 18, 2012 - 11:31am
June 8, 2012
Our Turn: Reality check: How well do you fare?
Welfare check. The first thought that pops into your mind when you hear those two words defines from which side of the tracks you hail. In the Echo Press office, we listen to the police scanner to stay informed on what's happening in the area.
June 8, 2012 - 12:00am