Skip to main content
Alexandria man sentenced in gun case
Winter weather blows into area; events cancelled
Law enforcement blotter: Monday, Dec. 5
Law enforcement blotter: Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4
Osakis man accused of attempted stabbing at Alexandria bar
Sports schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 6 (Updated with postponements)
Cardinals wrestling starts season with tourneys
Cards run past Moorhead in opener
Girls basketball: Cards drop first game against state-ranked Centennial
Sports roundup from Saturday, Dec. 3
Event restores hope during the holidays
Empty Chair Gala to benefit REACH program
50 gigs in 50 states
Search for Miss Teen Douglas County announced
Sensitive Santa is safe place for special needs children
Wedding - Steinhagen and Sperl
Wedding - Cunningham and Thielke
Births - Nov. 25, 2016
Wedding - Carlson and Klohn
Births - Nov. 18, 2016
Applications open for spring turkey's first two seasons
Morken: Some "hunters" don't represent hunting
Bucks on the ground
Morken: Run in circles by a giant
First buck is with a bow
Ann C. Ebsen
LETTER: Collin Peterson is a class act Democrat
EDITORIAL: Don't ditch local businesses this Christmas
COMMENTARY: Cheap wages should anger Alexandrians
COMMENTARY: MNsure can make the best of a difficult situation for consumers
OUR TURN: Some protests are more effective than others
2016 University of Minnesota Top 10 performing annuals
Weak farm economy adds twists to rental negotiations
Producers encouraged to consider FSA options
Applications available for Conservation Stewardship Program
Tips for container-grown succulents
Making a new home
Alex Carpet One supports Building for America's Bravest
Knute Nelson Hospice delivers veteran-centric care
ATCC, area businesses host annual tour days
Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale to close at year's end
hires and promotions
On The Street
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
February 4, 2014
Beware of 'one-ring' scam
Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning cellphone users to watch out for brief calls from international prefixes, such as 473 – which covers Grenada. In most cases reported so far, people’s cellphones ring once and then the call disconnects. Scammers...
February 4, 2014 - 2:10pm
September 25, 2013
CenterPoint Energy urges customers to be on alert for potential scam
Utility customers around the country are being targeted by the Green Dot pre-paid debit card scam, and CenterPoint Energy is warning customers to be alert. Posing as electric company employees, scammers are calling customers to tell them they are behind on their electric bills and...
September 25, 2013 - 9:11am
August 1, 2013
Bogus IDBS bills designed to defraud businesses
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is issuing a nationwide alert on IDBS, a nebulous online firm which purports to be a provider of web design, website development, and e-commerce services. The BBB has determined the company, which also does business as...
August 1, 2013 - 9:33am
July 28, 2013
Legislation cracks down on fraud targeted at seniors
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, recently introduced bipartisan legislation to crack down on fraud targeted at seniors. The Seniors Fraud Protection Act would help fight scams designed to strip seniors of their assets by helping seniors, their...
July 28, 2013 - 12:34pm
July 12, 2013
Alexandria Light and Power warns customers of scam
Alexandria Light and Power is warning utility customers to be on guard for a scam targeting payment on their utility bill. At least two local businesses have been contacted at this point. The company says that customers are being contacted by phone and told that their power will...
July 12, 2013 - 10:26am
June 22, 2013
Your Legal Rights: Protect yourself from medical alert scams
Editor's note: The following "Your Legal Rights" column is provided through the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. Most people have seen TV ads for a device that sends help when a person has fallen and can't get up. Legitimate medical alert devices have been lifesavers...
June 22, 2013 - 10:54am