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Douglas County Outstanding Seniors: Pickles, bowling and much more
High water prompts no wake zones on 15 lakes
Vintage bike ride rescheduled
UPDATE: Police seek man, teens, seen with missing Alexandria girl
Law Enforcement Blotter: Monday, August 14
Alex 11U baseball team takes home state title
Atkinson wins Race for the Fallen Lineman at Viking
Alexandria Horseshoe League singles tournament results
Hole-in-one at Nordic
Storhaug wins Graniteman Triathlon Series
Photo of the Week
Vacation transformation at Good Shepherd Church
Alexandria's Enterprise plays courthouse concert
Faith Happenings: Running legend to speak at Faith @ Work Lunch
Engaged - Sharp and Kasper
Morken: Habitat key to curbing coyotes' effect on fawns
DNR report: Fewer small game hunters buy licenses in 2016
Morken: Death of Bosek hits hard for many
Plenty of deer harvest opportunities locally
DNR sees illegal use of hydraulic jets on more local waters
Richard Lee Stark
Jennifer R. Lorenz-Billings
Sylvia O. Johnson
James F. Chan
In the Know: Pay attention to city, county budgets
Letter: What advice did Trump give Boy Scouts?
Why rush a wedding?
Letter: Partnerships are essential for a safety
Echo Press editorial: Passing this quiz could save your life
There's still time to plant veggies
Haying and grazing OK on some Conservation Reserve land
Millerville gets hands-on with butter
Tractors to parade down 36 mile memory lane
Douglas County 4-H campers
Grant helps Glenwood with downtown facelift
Leadership change at Runestone Museum
Schwan's announces acquisitions as frozen food company beefs up its pizza business
Aagard expands to pull all workers into one building
A new place for ink opens in Alexandria
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November 12, 2010
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
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
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
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.
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
May 1, 2010
IRS warns that scammers may time e-mails to trick filers
Most people are aware that the April 15 tax filing deadline has just passed. The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers this week that scammers are aware, too, and may send official-looking e-mails to phish for private information. "The IRS doesn't ever send e-mails about your...
May 1, 2010 - 9:43am
March 31, 2010
IRS releases 'dirty dozen' list of tax scams
The Internal Revenue Service has issued its annual 2010 "dirty dozen" list of tax scams taxpayers should avoid. The IRS pursues and shuts down many promoters of tax scams, but taxpayers pulled into these schemes usually must pay any taxes due, plus interest, along with penalties...
March 31, 2010 - 12:00am
January 20, 2010
Beware of scams involving Haiti quake
As cleanup begins after the earthquake in Haiti, many Americans are looking for ways to help by donating to a relief organization or charity. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns that - as occurred following other recent disasters - fraudulent charities...
January 20, 2010 - 12:00am
October 23, 2009
Avoid deceptive prepaid phone cards
Prepaid calling cards may seem like a great value, claiming to provide hundreds of minutes for a few dollars. However, many phone cards are so rife with fees and service charges that they deliver far fewer minutes than advertised. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and...
October 23, 2009 - 12:00am
October 21, 2009
Small businesses should beware of 'friendly fraud'
Businesses are increasingly becoming victims of "friendly fraud" - fraud carried out by customers to get items free of charge. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota warns small business owners to be on the lookout for friendly fraud and offers advice on how...
October 21, 2009 - 12:00am
October 16, 2009
Don't fall for e-mail scam about 'underreported income'
In recent weeks, a phony e-mail claiming to come from the Internal Revenue Service has circulated in large numbers. These messages have falsely alerted taxpayers to a fictitious "Notice of Underreported Income" from the IRS in an attempt to lure unsuspecting victims into dangerous...
October 16, 2009 - 12:00am
September 30, 2009
Editorial - Beware of phony plea for money
An Alexandria woman answered a phone call last week and the conversation went something like this: "Hello, Grandma - this is your grandson." "Nicholas, is that you? You sound a little funny." "Yeah, I've been a little sick lately, getting over a sore throat. But, Grandma, something...
September 30, 2009 - 12:00am
September 18, 2009
IRS warns taxpayers to beware of first-time homebuyer credit fraud
The Internal Revenue Service recently announced its first successful prosecution related to fraud involving the first-time homebuyer credit and warned taxpayers to beware of this type of scheme. On Thursday, July 23, 2009, a Jacksonville, Florida tax preparer, James Otto Price III,...
September 18, 2009 - 12:00am