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Fire destroys garage, damages vehicles near Nelson
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Basketball scores from Friday, Dec. 15
Boys basketball: Lakers run winning streak to five games
Blizzard hockey: Alexandria runs December winning streak to five games
Girls basketball: Second half propels Knights past Hancock
Girls basketball: Chargers back above .500 after beating Henning
A space for young learners: Library exhibit combines science and art
One page at a time: Library can help you through the holidays
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
Serving up 'real food'
Helping African firefighters
From the stand: Adjusting to late season
New northern pike regulations coming in 2018
Extremely rare Canada lynx spotted in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest
Mike Frisch: Icing winter walleyes
Local hunters keep an eye on CWD developments
Lou B. Geris
Barbara Ellen Merreighn Lommen
Monica Mary Baltes
Kenneth "Fritz" Roy Dahlke
Herbert Nicholas Botzet
LETTER: Christmas spirit shines on through the night
LETTER: Selective TV remains a good value
LETTER: Community works together to help those in need
LETTER: An onslaught against Christian values
LETTER: Fascism came from the far right, not left
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
Pelican Lake wind turbine canceled by power co-op
Seeking top young professionals
ATCC Foundation honors 2017 philanthropists
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Bello Cucina abruptly closes doors for good
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March 16, 2016
USDA expands microloans to help farmers financing
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in...
March 16, 2016 - 12:00am
February 5, 2016
IT'S OUR TURN: Let's talk student loans
Five years ago, as a senior in high school, I made the decision to attend the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) — an institution that costs a whopping $40,000 per year. At the time I knew little to nothing about how student loans worked. All I knew was that I had fallen in love...
February 5, 2016 - 12:00am
September 3, 2014
Your legal rights: Beware of student loan assistance scams
Student loan debt in the U.S. now tops $1 trillion.
September 3, 2014 - 6:48am
November 28, 2012
Home repair loans and grants available
With the dropping temperature, USDA Rural Development is now offering grants and low interest loans for very low income families. Very low income families have a calculated adjusted annual income below 60 percent of the county median. For example, in Douglas County, $24,300 is the...
November 28, 2012 - 12:00am
July 6, 2012
MDA loan program helps rural landowners fix ailing septic systems
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued more than 5,000 loans for septic system improvements through the Agricultural Best Management Practices (AgBMP) Loan Program.
July 6, 2012 - 12:00am
August 22, 2010
Deadline for businesses to apply for disaster loans is September 7
The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations located in Becker, Cass, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena and Wilkin counties of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damage caused by...
August 22, 2010 - 2:54pm
July 11, 2010
More federal disaster aid OK'd; Douglas County included
ST. PAUL -- Businesses and individuals affected by last month's storms may seek low-interest federal loans to rebuild and repair buildings. The Small Business Administration has approved Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's request for the disaster declaration. "There is much work to do,...
July 11, 2010 - 12:14pm
July 8, 2010
Pawlenty seeks disaster loans
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota's governor says businesses and residents in seven counties affected by last month's storms should be given low-interest federal loans. The federal government Friday denied Gov. Tim Pawlenty's request for help for individuals affected by the tornados and other...
July 8, 2010 - 5:42am
July 2, 2010
BBB advice to increase your chances of getting a small business loan
Finding funding to start a business or bolster an existing one has been more difficult than usual lately. While the economy improves, banks are still reluctant when it comes to lending money to small business owners and the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB)...
July 2, 2010 - 12:00am
June 20, 2010
State ag department completes 10,000th loan to fight pollution
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has completed its 10,000th loan to farmers and rural landowners to help finance practices that prevent pollution. Under the agency's Agricultural Best Management Practices (AgBMP) loan program, farmers and landowners have been able to...
June 20, 2010 - 2:59pm
April 3, 2010
Attorney general sues three online payday lenders
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed three separate lawsuits this week against online payday lenders that made instant short-term loans over the Internet to Minnesota citizens that grossly exceeded the interest rates allowed under state law and otherwise failed to comply...
April 3, 2010 - 8:17am
January 27, 2010
Deadline nears for wool farm loans
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that the final date to request a 2009 crop Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) or Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) for wool, mohair, and/or unshorn pelts from lambs slaughtered in 2009 is Monday, February 1, 2010. The 2010 crop year for...
January 27, 2010 - 12:00am
November 6, 2009
How to get a better financial aid package
Editor's note: The following money management column on personal finance is prepared and distributed by certified public accountants. College costs have become an enormous outlay for every family, and they seem to rise by larger amounts every year. In fact, tuition and fees at private...
November 6, 2009 - 12:00am
September 23, 2009
Charitable loan to help families gain control of finances
Due to the downturn in the economy, demand is skyrocketing for financial counseling to help people struggling with reduced income, debt and home foreclosure. To help more people gain control of their finances, three Lutheran organizations - the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans...
September 23, 2009 - 12:00am
August 28, 2009
Low-interest loans available for small businesses in area
Nearly $1 million in low-interest loans is available to Minnesota small businesses to help them weather the current economy. The deadline for applications is September 8. Applications will be reviewed and loans awarded through Grow Minnesota! - a program of the Minnesota Chamber...
August 28, 2009 - 12:00am