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Ready, set, mow! Lawn mowers become battle-tested at fair
Weekend rain strains sewer plant's capacity
Law Enforcement Blotter: Thursday, August 17
Drug conviction earns more than seven years in prison
Meet the new Pet of the Week: Matzo (w/video)
Sports schedule for Friday, August 18
Football: B-E ready to make next step
Next man up: Empting takes over at QB after Roste's three-year run
A promise kept: Plan started at the Viking Speedway is rekindled after the death of a friend
Matt Cullen comes home to play for the Wild
Christian group forms to challenge government corruption, tyranny
Knute Nelson to celebrate Alexandria's seniors
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Habitat for Humanity dedicates two new homes
Photo of the Week
Johnson - Engebretson
Morken: Habitat key to curbing coyotes' effect on fawns
DNR report: Fewer small game hunters buy licenses in 2016
Morken: Death of Bosek hits hard for many
Plenty of deer harvest opportunities locally
DNR sees illegal use of hydraulic jets on more local waters
Delores M. Johnson
Jennifer R. Lorenz-Billings
Richard Henry Tomford
Sylvia O. Johnson
THUMBS UP/THUMBS DOWN: Views of the Echo Press Editorial Board
It's Our Turn: Will we let hatred divide us?
Letter: We need to work and pray together
Commentary: Think of the possibilities new school would bring
Echo Press Editorial: Blank page speaks volumes
Tomato tasting at the library
What's wrong with my tomato plant?
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
Millerville gets hands-on with butter
Minnesota adds 7,700 jobs in July; unemployment rate unchanged
Grant helps Glenwood with downtown facelift
Leadership change at Runestone Museum
Schwan's announces acquisitions as frozen food company beefs up its pizza business
Aagard expands to pull all workers into one building
hires and promotions
on the street
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. It is the second largest form of consumer debt, second only to home mortgages. With many graduates struggling to find jobs and the amount of student debt rising, the student loan assistance industry, and the opportunity for scams,...
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