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Law Enforcement Blotter: Monday, May 22
1 killed, another injured after van collides with semi
Dayton, GOP cut last-minute budget deal to set up special session Tuesday
Bumpy drive over tracks to get smoother
Five things to know from city council
Boys tennis: Cards' season ends after loss to Warriors
Baseball: Panthers knock off B-E for 14th straight win
Sports schedule for Tuesday, May 23
Boys Golf: Alexandria wins CLC title at AGC
Osakis High School celebrates state title
Christian singer returns to Alex area
Car Care Program names volunteer of the year
Dance benefits shoeless Ugandan children
Outdoor religious drama ends May 25
Discovery Middle School partners with church to stock food shelf
Engaged - Schmidt and Murray
Engaged - Harstad and Engebretson
Wedding - Von Bank and Hoelscher
Wedding - Skudlarek and Oestreich
Births - March 31, 2017
Fee increases added to final environment bill
Morken: Still time to fill that tag as toms continue to sound off
Minnesota opener: Slow going on Reno Saturday morning
Mike Frisch: Tips for opening-day walleyes
An officer shortage: DNR enters opener down 25 COs statewide
Lee Howard Urness
Gilbert G. Poepping
Frances L. Lesuer
Scott Allen Bakke
Phyllis Ann Collins
It's Our Turn: An astonishing blur of technology
Echo Press editorial: Who will pay for clean water?
Observations from the Archives: 2007: Freedom to Breathe Act bans public indoor smoking
Guest editorial: More urban-rural unity needed
Letter: Putting God in a box
4-H trains youth as camp counselors
4-H'ers take the stage
Master gardeners plant sale coming up
Crabgrass prevention in your home lawn
Gardening Brown Bag series offered
Groundbreaking next week on mental health facility
On the Street
New Aagard program provides tool cabinets for employees
Chamber introduces new networking event
ATCC Foundation holds scholarship recognition event
hires and promotions
On The Street
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
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