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Boys basketball: Lakers run winning streak to five games
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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
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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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March 14, 2016
Police investigate scam at hotel
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating several incidents of fraud that occurred at a local hotel. An unknown caller contacted the hotel’s front desk and claimed to be calling on behalf of the corporate office. He requested credit card information on the guests currently...
March 14, 2016 - 12:50pm
February 5, 2016
EDITORIAL: Beware of skimmers at the pump
With gas dropping below $1.50 per gallon this week, consumers are seeing extra dollars in their billfolds. But those savings – and a lot more – could quickly vanish if they’re not careful. Law enforcement officers and weights and measures inspectors across the country are receiving...
February 5, 2016 - 12:00am
February 3, 2016
Be on guard against investment scams
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is urging investors to be on guard for investment scammers trying to take advantage of fears about the current volatility in the stock market. "When the stock market goes down, the scam market can go up," said Rothman. "Scam artists will...
February 3, 2016 - 12:00am
December 21, 2015
Alert issued about fake debt collectors
Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is urging consumers, in Minnesota and nationwide, to be on guard against fake debt collectors who send threatening communications and claim to be with a prominent Minnesota law firm. The fraudulent communications—including phone calls,...
December 21, 2015 - 10:01am
December 11, 2015
Franson warns child care providers about poster
A private company is mailing forms to sell Minnesota child care providers posters that the federal government provides free, a state lawmaker...
December 11, 2015 - 12:00am
December 4, 2015
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS: Follow this advice on how to spot a scam
Scammers are constantly reinventing new ways to perpetrate old ploys. Whether you’re contacted by phone, mail, email, text or in person, the following tips provide advice on how to spot a scam. You are contacted out of the blue. You should never send money or provide personal information...
December 4, 2015 - 12:00am
December 2, 2015
Be alert for 'spoofed' local phone numbers
As people try to screen unwanted phone calls, unscrupulous telemarketers and scam artists have looked for new ways to lure people to answer calls. One increasingly common technique scam artists use is to falsify or “spoof” their caller ID information with local phone numbers or...
December 2, 2015 - 12:00am
November 11, 2015
Tech support scheme takes new angle
Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota is once again noting an uptick in reports of the tech support scam. Generally, this scheme is perpetrated over the phone: homeowners or business owners receive calls from “technicians” saying there’s a problem with...
November 11, 2015 - 12:00am
November 4, 2015
Beware of utility bill scam
ALP Utilities (ALP) warns utility customers to be on guard for a scam targeting payment on their utility bill. At least eight local businesses have been contacted at this point. Similar scams have been reported in the cities of Starbuck and Osakis involving different utilities. Customers...
November 4, 2015 - 4:29pm
October 2, 2015
ALP warns of utility bill scam
ALP Utilities (ALP) warns utility customers to be on guard for a scam targeting payment on their utility bill. At least three local businesses have been contacted at this point. Customers are being contacted by phone and told that their power will be turned off in a short time...
October 2, 2015 - 10:39am
September 23, 2015
Phone scam alert issued in Douglas County
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Osakis Police Department have received complaints of a phone scam. In each case, the suspect called saying that they worked for the IRS. This person would claim there is some form of outstanding debt, and if not taken care of immediately,...
September 23, 2015 - 2:33pm
July 21, 2014
Beware of electricity bill scam
An old scam is making the rounds again: A caller claiming to be from Alexandria Light and Power is calling Alexandria residents and businesses saying that their electricity bill payment is past due. The caller tells their intended victim that they must arrange for payment immediately....
July 21, 2014 - 2:06pm
May 6, 2014
Beware of scam calls asking for bail money
Here's a scam to beware of: Someone claiming to be a relative calls you for money to get out of jail. On Tuesday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received two reports from local residents who received scam telephone calls requesting money to get the victims' grandchildren...
May 6, 2014 - 4:11pm
April 14, 2014
Beware of this phone scam
Douglas County residents should be aware of a phone scam demanding payment for electricity bills. On Saturday, April 12, a rural Alexandria small business received a phone call from a scammer claiming to be from Runestone Electric Association. The scammer said the payment received...
April 14, 2014 - 12:21pm
March 5, 2014
Utility scammer contacts local REA member
A growing telephone scam is affecting utility customers across the country, including Runestone Electric Association members. The scam involves telephone callers claiming to be from a utility company and then employing a variety of techniques to defraud customers. Some threaten customers...
March 5, 2014 - 3:45pm