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Songs for the season
Osakis celebrates Christmas Downtown
House in Evansville catches fire
Search for missing teen leads to three arrests in Alexandria
Light Up the Night!
Boys basketball: Cards falter late in loss to section power Detroit Lakes
Sports roundup from Saturday, December 20
Sports roundup from Friday, December 19
Sports roundup from Thursday, December 18
Pushing for a new identity
Extra warmth for the holidays
Music video shoot reset for Monday
Veterans associations assist food shelf
You're invited to Christmas dinner
A gift of love
Engaged - Owen and Krause
Births - Douglas County Hospital through December 15, 2014
Births - Douglas County Hospital through November 30, 2014
Engaged - Pachan and Konzen
Engaged - Boyle and Sartore
Controlling the common carp
Pheasant summit: Habitat improvements needed on private land
Pheasant summit: Focus on improving private land habitat
Spring turkey hunting applications being accepted
Recipe for success: A look a few favorite venison recipes
Mayme Hokanson, 96
Memorial Service - Carl Kremer, 67
Melvin Paradis, 75
Reanie Mrnak, 87
Donald Huwe, 82
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Views by the Echo Press
It's Our Turn: Holiday birthday myths debunked
Letter: Turn technology off for child’s development
Letter: The value of a quarter has risen
Letter: No one else can do it for you
Grant money available for agriculture teachers
Photo contest features birds for all seasons
More wildlife habitat approved
Last minute gifts for the constant gardener
Greater protection for specialty crop growers
Marine Corps League collects "Toys for Kids"
Solar Skies to close in Alexandria
Just a Jaunt’s $500 passport winner announced
Slumberland helps families during holidays
New building will house plumbing company
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
Your Legal Rights: Beware of card services scams
From the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson: People are being bombarded with scam telephone calls that promise to help lower their credit card interest rates. The recorded calls purport to come from nondescript entities such as "Card Services," "Cardholder Services,"...
April 21, 2012 - 11:29am
March 22, 2012
Warning issued about solar-wind company, Power4Home Pro
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning consumers about energy savings claims from Power4Home Pro, a solar and wind energy manufacturing company. The company - which claims a Minnesota address, but appears to be headquartered elsewhere - sells DVDs...
March 22, 2012 - 10:28am
June 25, 2011
Don't fall victim to high-pressure magazine sellers this summer, warns BBB
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) receives thousands of complaints each year from consumers who have unknowingly purchased multi-year magazine subscriptions. Unscrupulous telemarketers sometimes trick consumers into buying subscriptions to magazines they...
June 25, 2011 - 2:09pm
June 11, 2011
Here's how to avoid wedding scams
Love is in the air as many couples prepare for their long-awaited wedding day this summer. When preparing for the big day, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) advises people to proceed with caution when it comes to buying a wedding dress online, choosing...
June 11, 2011 - 11:27am
March 20, 2011
Springtime scams bloom
ST. PAUL -- The scam to bilk seniors by pretending to be their grandchildren in trouble spikes each springtime. This year scammers also will target those wanting to help disaster victims in Japan, as well as those impacted by upcoming flooding in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota...
March 20, 2011 - 12:32pm
February 4, 2011
Beware of these top 10 business scams and rip-offs
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) released a list of the top 10 scams and rip-offs of 2010 this week. Job hunters and those struggling to get out of debt were common targets of fraudsters, hackers and deceptive offers in this tough economy. "With the...
February 4, 2011 - 12:00am
January 13, 2011
How to spot red flags of investment seminar scam
Falling victim to a fraudulent investment scheme can mean losing anywhere from a few hundred dollars to your life savings. While most people might not see the harm in sitting through an investment seminar, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) recommends...
business / news
January 13, 2011 - 4:21pm
January 12, 2011
Editorial - Don't be a victim of 'cramming' scam
Better start looking over your phone bills more carefully; you could be a victim of "cramming." This fairly new type of scam happens when a third party vendor puts unauthorized charges onto a customer's long-distance phone bills. It's been happening in Minnesota for some time and...
editorials / opinion
January 12, 2011 - 12:00am
Don't fall for phone scam
CenturyLink, formerly Embarq, is warning customers to be wary of calls from telemarketers who claim to offer long-distance services on behalf of the company. Telemarketers from another company are calling customers in the Alexandria area and are misrepresenting themselves as agents...
November 12, 2010 - 12:00am
November 5, 2010
Your legal rights: Beware of debt assistance scams
From the office of Attorney General Lori Swanson Do not pay up-front fees for debt assistance. As of October 27, new federal rules went into effect that ban debt assistance companies nationwide from collecting up-front fees before they deliver a service. Before a debt assistance...
November 5, 2010 - 12:00am
Cop Talk: Am I being scammed?
Q: I hear a lot about people being scammed out of money. How do I know if something is a scam? A: In almost all scams, there are some clues that exist to let people know it's a scam. First, if something sounds too good to be true, it is. Second, most scams start with an unsolicited...
November 5, 2010 - 12:00am
October 20, 2010
Police issue warning over telephone scams
The Alexandria Police Department is warning residents about a scam that is targeting residents in this area. It starts with a telephone call where residents are asked to wire money to a specific location.
crime / news
October 20, 2010 - 12:00am
August 11, 2010
Job seekers: Beware of employment scams
Editor's note: The following was provided by the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. In this troubled economy, thousands of Minnesotans are without work. The state faces some of the worst unemployment figures in decades. Other people report that their hours have been...
August 11, 2010 - 12:00am
July 9, 2010
BBB warns car shoppers about online dealer scam
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning car shoppers to beware of websites offering too-good-to-be-true deals on repossessed cars. The BBB has heard from people across the country who thought they were buying from a reputable dealer online but were...
July 9, 2010 - 12:00am
'Free' trial offers may come with a catch
In connection with the beginning of National Consumer Protection Week, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has issued a warning to Minnesotans to be on guard against so-called "free" trial offers that bear hidden terms and conditions. "In today's marketplace, certain companies...
June 9, 2010 - 12:00am