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Santa for Seniors exceeds goal
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Fire damages Brandon home early Friday
Alex girls pass first solid test against Tech
Sports roundup from Friday, December 20
Sports schedule for Saturday, December 21
Aaron Gretz to return to Blue Anchors in 2014
Sports schedule for Friday, December 20
Brad Lambrecht is ‘Featured Teacher’ on MPR
Bösl named Country Doctor of the Year
What to buy the senior on your Christmas list
Local radio theatre presents holiday classic ‘Miracle on 34th Street’
Local artists featured in regional exhibit
Engaged - Stenvik and Northington
Wedding - Arnold and Harstad
Engaged - Peterson and Bangsund
In the nick of time
Outdoor photos from readers
Get close to wary roosters
Finding pheasants through the cold
Firearms deer harvest numbers down
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press
It's Our Turn: Christmas shopping: my worst nightmare
Haunted by what’s hidden behind white curtain
Bad guys do not obey laws
Many child car seats installed incorrectly
Last minute gifts for the constant gardener
Livestock owners must register feedlots by December 31
Applications for Conservation Stewardship Program due January 17
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom offers grants to teachers
Minnesota has positive economic forecast
Local Kubota dealers attend national meeting
Local realtors honored with awards
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Edward Jones ranks first in national survey
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December 19, 2013
Winning ticket worth $29,000 sold in Alexandria
Julie Whaley of White Bear Lake won the $29,000 Northstar Cash jackpot from the drawing on September 14. Her quick-pick ticket matched the winning numbers 15-20-21-25-28 drawn that night to win the jackpot. Whaley purchased the winning ticket at Jill’s Gas and Grocery, 1109 3rd...
December 19, 2013 - 9:58pm
December 17, 2013
Volunteers sought to assist with senior tax returns
Volunteers are needed to assist in the preparation of 2013 tax returns at the Alexandria Senior Center during the next tax season. Sponsors of the Tax-Aide program are AARP, IRS and the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Tax-Aide program volunteers provide free personal income tax...
December 17, 2013 - 10:51pm
Alexandria man wins big in Lottery
Richard Walberg Jr. of Alexandria won $10,000 by playing the Lottery’s Black Cherry Crossword scratch game. He claimed the prize December 5. The winning ticket was purchased at Jim and Judy’s One Stop, 12321 Highway 29 North in Alexandria. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised...
December 17, 2013 - 2:53pm
December 12, 2013
Home sales surge nearly 12 percent in county
Here’s good news about the housing market in Douglas County: The number of homes sold and the average price they sold for are both up from last year. That’s according to a new housing report released by RE/MAX. Countywide, the number of homes sold increased 11.99 percent,...
December 12, 2013 - 10:14pm
December 10, 2013
Most Alexandria residents will see tax drop
Alexandria’s tax bite won’t be quite as big as expected next year. In fact, most residents should see the city portion of their tax bill decrease by about 2 percent. The council approved a 2014 tax levy increase of 1.26 percent after holding its truth in taxation hearing Monday...
December 10, 2013 - 10:00pm
December 4, 2013
State gains millions of dollars to help seniors, disabled remain safe
Minnesota was given the green light to deliver better care and more choices for senior citizens and people with disabilities. The federal government has granted formal approval for the state to proceed with its Reform 2020 initiative, a nation-leading, innovative approach to delivering...
December 4, 2013 - 8:08am
November 22, 2013
Community course to focus on understanding poverty
An Understanding Poverty and Its Impact on Children course will be held on Monday, December 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC), Room 102. Jessica Boyer, executive director of the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties, will focus on how...
November 22, 2013 - 9:23am
November 20, 2013
Having trouble paying your heat bill? This statewide program offers assistance
The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently announced that Minnesota will receive $98,762,312 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP). LIHEAP helps low-income homeowners and renters pay heating bills...
November 20, 2013 - 8:45am
November 15, 2013
Social Security announces 2014 benefit increase
Cost-of-living adjustment bumps payments 1.5 percent
news / government
November 15, 2013 - 8:31am
How to save money on a water heating bill
Water heating accounts for about 15 percent of a family’s utility bill, one of the biggest energy users behind heating and cooling costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are several basic ways to cut water heating bills, such as use less hot water, turn down...
November 15, 2013 - 8:29am
November 13, 2013
Ag, mobile home taxes due soon
Douglas County Auditor-Treasurer Char Rosenow reminds owners of land classified as agricultural and mobile home owners that second-half tax payments are due on or before Friday, November 15. To avoid a penalty, envelopes must be postmarked on or before November 15. Payments may...
news / government
November 13, 2013 - 8:38am
Your legal rights: Beware of look-alike websites
By Lori Swanson Attorney general More and more people use the Internet to access government services and for personal business transactions. People can change mail delivery, renew license tabs, sign up for health insurance, and order credit reports online. But with this accessibility,...
November 13, 2013 - 8:37am
Take control of holiday spending
What are your holiday shopping plans this year? American retail holiday spending totaled about $580 billion in 2012, according to the National Retail Foundation, up 3 percent from the previous year. The Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers advice on how to make smart spending...
November 13, 2013 - 8:33am
November 8, 2013
Housing market still strong, says report
Closed sales are up in west central area of state
November 8, 2013 - 9:47am
Class to cover child care tax updates
The Tax Preparation and Record Keeping for Child Care course will be held on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC). The course will cover tax updates and new IRS changes regarding information necessary for filling out child...
November 8, 2013 - 9:41am