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Soft lockdown lifted at West Central Area Secondary School
Law Enforcement Blotter: Wednesday, September 20
UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal motorcycle crash on I-94
Gravel pit ‘would ruin this little town’ neighbors say
Mediation to begin today over veto by Gov. Dayton
Sports schedule for Thursday, Sept. 21
Cross country: Chargers see progress in Melrose
Cross Country: WCA sets records and takes first in Melrose
Tennis: Lakers sweep Melrose, 7-0
Volleyball: Knights surrender to Frazee in three sets
Country Blossom Farm holds baking, eating contests
Community Education classes available
Events promote talking about suicide
Ecumen gives look at daytime senior care
New musicians invited to Open Mic Night
Don & Betty Kuelbs
Gary & Molly Buse
Gary & Molly Buse
DNR release: Optimistic about Saturday's duck opener
Posted, but done properly? Rules, prosecuting case can be complicated
Mike Frisch: Cover more water
A whirlwind of a win: Alexandria anglers take big payday in first pro tournament
DNR roadside survey: Pheasant index down 26 percent
Betty Ruth Berry
Sharon L. Thoennes
Barbara J. Lee
Letter: Confederate statues promote division
Letter: No right way to protest
Echo Press Editorial: A wake-up call about drunk driving
In the Know: Armor - an unfortunate necessity
Observations from the Archives: 1992: Minnesotans pitch in after Hurricane Andrew hits
Dairy council seeks candidates
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
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Feds allow more time for comment on Internet access
Alexandria ReStore remains open, plans expansion
Glenwood resort receives Century Resort designation
Minnesota adds 7,700 jobs in July; unemployment rate unchanged
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December 14, 2016
Home loans, funding available to low-income households
USDA Rural Development offers home loans to low and very-low income households living in rural Minnesota. Applicants must be unable to qualify for traditional financing and meet USDA income and credit requirements. Homes must be modest in size and design and be located in a rural...
December 14, 2016 - 8:00am
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