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Drum and bugle corps perform in Alexandria w/video
Fun and games at Ribfest w/video
Updated: Henning man dies after crash in Otter Tail County
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Meeker deputy pleads guilty in stalking case
Legion Baseball: Morris shuts down Osakis offense
Girls Basketball: Lange completes the climb to varsity
Boys Basketball: Hintermeister set for head coaching job
Hundreds gather at Fireman's Field for celebration night in Carlos
Alexandria trap team sends squad to state
Golfer Tom Lehman speaks at July 7 faith lunch
Osakis church holds community supper
'Martin Luther' visits Alexandria church camp
Engaged - Strater and Lambert
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Engaged - Fogelson and Gibbons
Engaged - Teichert and Kelly
Engaged - Schmidt and Murray
Courrier lands nice bass
Big fish highlight third Douglas County Bowfishing Challenge
Mike Frisch: Finding June walleyes
Walleye bite picks up on some area lakes
Osakis walleye tourney set for this weekend
Wanda Jean Tramm
Janice "Jan" Larsen
Lorraine G. Van Santen
Mary Anna Louise Swenson
THUMBS UP/THUMBS DOWN: Views by the Echo Press Editorial Board
It's Our Turn: A life without my mom
Commentary: Water wells are safe
Editorial: Newspapers still top choice for news
In the Know: Help available for businesses
4-H announces K-3 summer camps
Master gardener shares cold-hardy plant information
Many options for shade plants
Extension service helps with pressure canning
What's going on with the evergreens??
A race to get people in the door of downtown businesses
Chamber holds 26th annual golf tournament
Tolkkinen joins Echo Press staff
JCI Minnesota looking for outstanding young Minnesotans
Lake Carlos Marina under new ownership
hires and promotions
On The Street
May 27, 2012
BBB offers tips for avoiding rental property scams
Where do you turn if you're in the market for a new place to live? A lot of people go online to find affordable rental properties. But before beginning your search, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning people that there are many unscrupulous individuals...
May 27, 2012 - 3:03pm
April 10, 2012
Old scam about insulation rebates resurfaces
A string of consumer calls to the Minnesota Department of Commerce's Energy Information Center have exposed an old, but active rebate scam. The scam, which the Commerce Department warned consumers about last year, allegedly involves insulation contractors affiliated with Idaho-based...
April 10, 2012 - 9:07am
November 20, 2011
Minnesota attorney general issues warning to families about imposter scams
In recent months, some Minnesotans have reported receiving phone calls or e mails that appear to be from friends or family members in need of help. In reality, the e mails and phone calls are from imposters posing as distressed family members. The scams take several different forms,...
November 20, 2011 - 2:41pm
November 18, 2011
Ask questions, don't send money
By asking three simple questions, Darlene Lewis of Alexandria saved herself $7,000. One October morning, the 77-year-old woman received a phone call from someone claiming to be her grandson, Josh. "Hi, Grandma, this is Josh," the person on the other end of the line said.
November 18, 2011 - 12:00am
August 6, 2011
IRS warns of tax scam targeting Minnesotans
The Internal Revenue Service is warning of a scam in Minnesota that promises a tax refund or rebate based on Social Security benefits. The scam is prevalent across parts of the Midwest and South, including Minnesota and Wisconsin. "The scam encourages people to file tax returns...
August 6, 2011 - 12:29pm
July 16, 2011
Don't fall victim to a beauty pageant that could break the bank
Many advertisements seeking beauty pageant participants read, "Win Big Prizes! Scholarships! Cash! Become the Next Supermodel!" These ads are appealing to parents of young children, teens and others who are convinced they have what it takes to become the next big star. Participating...
July 16, 2011 - 2:39pm
June 26, 2011
Your Legal Rights: Beware of Internet classified scams
While the Internet may offer convenience, it can also enable scam operators to defraud buyers and sellers. Fraudsters can use cheap technology and free classified services on advertisement websites such as craigslist.com or Ebay.com to dupe individuals looking to buy or sell items...
June 26, 2011 - 3:50pm
June 16, 2011
Scam alert issued about Green Dot MoneyPaks
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) are warning consumers of an emerging fraud method in which scammers siphon cash from victims using Green Dot MoneyPaks. MoneyPaks,...
June 16, 2011 - 7:10am
June 12, 2011
Securing your child's identity: Advice every parent should know
Online scammers are finding inactive Social Security numbers online - most of which are assigned to children under the age of 18 who have not started using them yet - and selling them under different names to help people establish fake credit. The scheme may lead to significant debts...
June 12, 2011 - 11:29am
June 6, 2011
Loan company claims same street address as Better Business Bureau's Fargo office
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning consumers and businesses to be wary of an advance fee loan company calling itself Fraser Brokerage, which claims a Fargo address. The address the company is claiming - 51 Broadway - is the same as the BBB's...
June 6, 2011 - 12:10pm
May 28, 2011
Don't pay for free advice on scholarships for college
The academic year is winding down, and many high school students are preparing to apply for financial aid as tuition costs continue to rise. Each year, millions of people depend on grants and scholarships to pay for college. Navigating the process of applying for financial aid can...
May 28, 2011 - 3:33pm
May 14, 2011
10 tips to avoid getting scammed by a contractor
Allstate Insurance reminds residents to protect themselves from unscrupulous contractors. A good, trustworthy contractor can be a key partner in the rebuilding process.
May 14, 2011 - 4:59pm
May 5, 2011
Online scams proliferate in wake of Osama bin Laden's death
In the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden this past weekend, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning consumers to watch out for a slew of cyber-scams that have popped up in the past few days. According to Kaspersky Labs, an Internet security...
May 5, 2011 - 10:19am
May 3, 2011
Phone scam alert issued in Todd County
The Todd County Sheriff's Office is alerting area residents about a phone scam that was reported on Saturday. Someone called a Todd County resident and identified himself as a family member. He said he needed money for bail and other expenses as a result of a traffic accident in...
May 3, 2011 - 3:38pm
April 17, 2011
Don't fall prey to the 2011 'dirty dozen' tax scams
Hiding income in offshore accounts, identity theft, return preparer fraud, and filing false or misleading tax forms top the annual list of "dirty dozen" tax scams in 2011, the Internal Revenue Service reports. "The dirty dozen represents the worst of the worst tax scams," IRS...
April 17, 2011 - 2:14pm