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UPDATE: Le Homme Dieu drowning victim identified
Still time to attend Vikingland Builder's Association Home Tour this weekend
Don't get ripped off at State Fair
Minnesota wolf population stable
5-year-old Henning girl injured in farm accident
Volleyball: Osakis goes 2-2 at Albany Tournament
Sports schedule for Saturday, August 27
Girls tennis: Osakis ties for seventh at Delano tourney
Girls soccer: Tie tests Alex to begin season
Hobie's new toy: Released in April, the Eclipse paddleboard draws intrigue
Underwater Art: Decoys on display in Evansville
Robby Vee finishes out summer concert series
Harper's Chord comes to Carlos Creek Winery
Alpha Course teaches basics of faith
Strive to be a foundation for others
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DNR to close Mille Lacs walleye season next month
Morken: What the numbers say about declining hunters and anglers
Stringer full of walleyes
Work begins on statewide deer management plan
A big bass for Beau
Carol J. Hansen
William 'Bill' Bretz
Clara "Clair" A. Gustafson
Bernard "Bernie" V. Dulski
Arland E. Hirman
COMMENTARY: What they're fighting over
COMMENTARY: Clean Power Plan will penalize Minnesota
IT'S OUR TURN: Recalling the dawn of the digital age; facing its challenges
EDITORIAL: Long wait for mental health care must be fixed
IN THE KNOW: Leadership Alexandria is unique blend with strong return
Producers should consider available assistance
Monarchs, roadsides and the law
A century of family and faith
Kensington represented in Princess Kay of the Milky Way
Kalpin family recognized as 2016 U of M Farm Family
MMFCU concludes 60 Days of Giving campaign
Community solar program shining for REA
Chamber Ambassadors visit three local businesses
Celeste Edenloff returns to Echo Press
Dew Drop Inn changes ownership
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
June 22, 2013
BBB says look ahead before leaping into a reverse mortgage
With the cost of living on the rise, some senior citizens are finding themselves on shaky financial ground. This trend has led to companies offering reverse mortgages - where lenders loan people money based on the equity built up in their homes - as a way for seniors to "cash in"...
June 22, 2013 - 11:17am
June 3, 2013
BBB offers advice on foreclosure 'rescue' loans
Though there are many signs that the U.S. economy is on the upswing, the effects of the recession linger on.
June 3, 2013 - 2:48pm
February 9, 2012
Minnesota joins national mortgage settlement; struggling homeowners get relief
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and Commissioner of Commerce Mike Rothman today jointly announced Minnesota's participation in a national mortgage settlement through which Minnesota borrowers will be eligible for up to $280 million. This includes up to $113 million in monetary...
February 9, 2012 - 4:54pm
January 2, 2012
Commerce department takes action against loan company for alleged illegal fees, other violations
With reports last week week that more than 14 million American homeowners are in foreclosure or delinquent on their mortgage payments, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman advised struggling Minnesota homeowners to use caution as they pursue modifications to their home loans. The Minnesota...
January 2, 2012 - 2:46pm
July 25, 2011
Deadline extended for homeowners' loan program
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July 25, 2011 - 10:38am
July 4, 2011
Mortgage assistance funds available for Minnesota homeowners
The Village Family Service Center was recently selected by NeighborWorks America in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help promote and facilitate the Emergency Homeowners' Loan Program (EHLP) in the states of North Dakota and Minnesota. ...
July 4, 2011 - 11:39am
June 26, 2011
CPAs offer advise on mortgage closing costs
Closing on a home often involves signing on the dotted line on a tall stack of paperwork, much of which is confusing and difficult to understand. It's no wonder that many people are surprised by some of the charges that make up mortgage closing costs. In fact, the average origination...
June 26, 2011 - 3:27pm
March 20, 2011
Here's how to avoid refinancing traps
With the downturn in the economy and the collapse of the housing market, Minnesotans have been struggling to make ends meet. Some homeowners look to refinancing to get out of adjustable-rate mortgages or lower the rate on their fixed-rate mortgages to help ease financial pressures,...
March 20, 2011 - 4:25pm
March 12, 2011
Commerce charges loan modification firm for scamming 118 homeowners
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has charged Michigan-based Save My Home USA Co. Inc., its owners Jason and Justin McCallum and Chad Buchanan with allegedly defrauding 118 Minnesota homeowners by taking upfront fees for loan modification services never provided to the consumers. The...
March 12, 2011 - 12:18pm
November 26, 2010
Minnesota attorney general sues two mortgage-assistance companies
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed lawsuits Wednesday against two out-of-state companies that she said charged Minnesota homeowners up to $3,500 in unlawful fees to help them renegotiate their home mortgages. In both cases, the companies used the threat of prevalent mortgage...
November 26, 2010 - 9:40am
October 16, 2010
Minnesota is investigating mortgage foreclosure practices
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson joined 48 other state attorneys generals this week in announcing a multi-state investigation into the mortgage foreclosure practices of some of the nation's largest lenders.
October 16, 2010 - 10:22am
October 7, 2010
Alexandria man sentenced to nearly three years in prison for mortgage fraud
A 61-year-old Alexandria man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Minneapolis on charges connected to a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders and others out of more than $800,000. U.S. District Court Judge Joan N.
October 7, 2010 - 4:59am
July 31, 2010
HUD offers $79 million in grants for housing counseling
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that $79 million is available for a broad range of housing counseling programs to help families find and preserve housing. The available funding is an increase of $21 million, or 27 percent, over last year.
July 31, 2010 - 9:23am
April 6, 2010
Those who sell for less than they owe could get money
WASHINGTON -- The government launched a new effort Monday to speed up the time-consuming, often-frustrating process of selling your home if you owe more than it's worth. The Obama administration will give $3,000 for moving expenses to homeowners who complete such a sale -- known...
April 6, 2010 - 8:02am
March 8, 2010
Alexandria man sentenced to three years in prison for mortgage scheme
A 30-year-old Alexandria man was sentenced in federal court today for concealing more than $400,000 in payments to himself and others from mortgage loan proceeds. In Minneapolis, United States District Court Judge James M. Rosenbaum sentenced Micah John Beaumia to three years in...
March 8, 2010 - 2:45pm