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Meet the new Pet of the Week: Walter (w/video)
Law Enforcement Blotter: Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 15
Miltona celebration combines Oktoberfest with Fire Prevention Week
Second body recovered from plane that struck power lines and crashed in Mississippi
Events mark domestic violence awareness
Sports schedule for Monday, Oct. 16
Football: Panthers win on senior night
Tennis: Lanoue falls in quarterfinals
Swimming & Diving: Alex takes fourth at True Team tournament
Section 8A boys soccer: Cardinals fall just short at Hillcrest
Open Mic Night welcomes new musicians
Pope County archeologists share findings, identify artifacts
Small change adds up for youth groups
Van Wakeren: A single smile can go a long way
Jerome & Irene Hagen
Gene & Mary
Gene & Mary
T. Mike & Jeannie Thompson
Jackson's first hunt success
Jennie Lake re-established as a waterfowl refuge
Morken: Trying to master scent control
Morken: CRP is worth fighting for by more than hunters
Sizing up the local deer herd
Lori K. Thorson
Lorraine R. Juul
Robert G. Swanson
It's Our Turn: Goodbye, yoga pants; hello work
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views from the Echo Press Editorial Board
Letter: Our country isn't perfect but it's still the best
Letter: Overpaid for defending a lousy football
Letter: Tear down Big Ole statue?
Farmer deadlines approaching
Tightly spiraled worms? You've got millipedes!
Dairy council seeks candidates
Tomato tasting at the library
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
Three Bello Cucina locations for sale, including Alexandria
Professional women to honor employers, Woman of the Year
Arvig school partnership nets cash for Osakis schools
State Farm agent retires after 35 years, welcomes two new agents
Myrin joins Echo Press sports staff
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December 12, 2012
Facts about travel insurance
With more than 91 million Americans planning to travel this holiday season, those traveling via plane will be presented with the option to buy travel insurance. The Minnesota Department of Commerce urges travelers to understand what travel insurance is, what it actually covers and...
December 12, 2012 - 12:00am
November 26, 2012
Health insurance company faces up to $51 million fine
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that a Regulatory Settlement Agreement has been entered into with National Union Fire Insurance Company (NUFIC), an AIG Company. Minnesota was one of five leading states to conduct a Multistate Market Conduct Examination. The...
November 26, 2012 - 2:00pm
October 5, 2012
Insurance scams flourishing, says Better Business Bureau
In the midst of a tight economy and the wake of the new national healthcare reform bill, state and federal regulators are warning about a surge in healthcare-related scams. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) advises consumers to do their research before...
October 5, 2012 - 12:00am
September 6, 2012
Agreement reached with Allianz Life Insurance Company
The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced a multi-state settlement agreement between Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America and 43 states. Iowa acted as the managing lead state in the agreement and was assisted by Minnesota, Missouri, and Florida. The agreement establishes...
September 6, 2012 - 11:15am
July 28, 2012
Warning issued over insurance deductible rebates from contractors
When severe thunderstorms roll through the area, many homeowners find themselves calling their insurance companies to determine if damage to their homes is covered by their homeowners' policies.
July 28, 2012 - 2:14pm
Commerce department warns consumers of mini-med plans
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is reminding consumers to fully educate themselves before purchasing Limited Medical Benefit Insurance, or Mini-Med Plans. Often, these limited benefit plans are bare bones policies that cover specific expenses and have many more limitations than...
July 28, 2012 - 9:14am
July 13, 2012
President of Auto-Owners Insurance visits Larson Insurance
Jeff Tagsold, president of Auto-Owners Insurance Company, recently visited Larson Insurance in Alexandria to thank the agency for its strong...
July 13, 2012 - 12:00am
March 25, 2012
New health care law helps young adults get and keep affordable health coverage
Prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act, young adults were much more likely to be uninsured and about twice as likely as older adults to lose private insurance coverage, according to a new report released by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. A previous...
March 25, 2012 - 10:25am
March 6, 2012
Study: Minnesota's uninsured rate remains high
The percentage of Minnesotans without health insurance did not show improvements nearly two years after the official end of the economic recession. Minnesota's uninsured rate in 2011 was 9.1 percent, which is unchanged compared to 2009, according to a new study by the Minnesota...
March 6, 2012 - 10:47am
December 31, 2011
Funding awarded for children's health coverage
More than $296 million was awarded to states for ensuring more children have health coverage, U.S. Human Health Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this week. The performance bonus payments are funded under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, one...
December 31, 2011 - 12:03pm
December 11, 2011
State seeks public input on Minnesota-Made Health Insurance Exchange
Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is inviting Minnesotans to offer input on potential information technology components for a Minnesota-Made Health Insurance Exchange. Earlier this week, sample modules - a series of websites simulating what an Exchange might look like - was launched...
December 11, 2011 - 10:28am
November 21, 2011
Improved website offers small businesses health insurance tool
An expanded website to give small business owners an unprecedented detailed review of their health insurance plan choices was recently launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Just in time for 2012, this new tool allows small business owners to compare the benefits...
November 21, 2011 - 10:34am
October 30, 2011
Tips for avoiding insurance fraud
Insurance fraud costs Americans billions of dollars annually. While most home-repair contractors are honest and do quality work, others do not. Allstate Insurance reminds homeowners to be on the look out for potentially fraudulent contractors to avoid getting scammed: --Be wary...
October 30, 2011 - 9:37am
September 12, 2011
Consumer alert: Check insurance policies before students head to college
ST. PAUL, MN - Remembering to pack everything a college student will need during the school year is a challenge. But understanding a student's changing insurance needs is sometimes even harder.
September 12, 2011 - 11:51am
September 10, 2011
Task force to develop health insurance exchange marketplace
Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced this week he will assemble a task force to advise on the design and development of a Minnesota-made health insurance exchange. The health insurance exchange will be a new marketplace for individuals and businesses...
September 10, 2011 - 11:13am