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Girls basketball: Defense leads B-E past Rothsay
Boys basketball: Wibstad hits game winner at Browerville
Blizzard hockey: Alexandria sweeps weekend with win over Granite City
Blizzard hockey: Scanlon sends Alexandria out a winner
Boys basketball: Johnsrud's 25 leads Lakers to 3-0
A space for young learners: Library exhibit combines science and art
One page at a time: Library can help you through the holidays
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Donors can swap books for wine
A family affair: Three generations of women keep salon growing
Helping African firefighters
Cross-country bicyclist to stop in Alexandria
Just for Kix hosts annual dance show
Extremely rare Canada lynx spotted in Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest
Mike Frisch: Icing winter walleyes
Local hunters keep an eye on CWD developments
Morken: Make the most of this final month
Five cases of CWD confirmed in southeastern Minnesota
Dale E. Anderson
Terrance L. Koep
Earl D. Ihnen
Linda L. Moske
Our Turn: Echo Press saves taxpayers money
LETTER: Farm bill renewal is in sight
LETTER: Peterson should ignore bad advice
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
LETTER: Military requires harassment training
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
Bello Cucina abruptly closes doors for good
Dollar District closing Sunday, Nov. 26
On The Street
KCCO going away, but CBS signal may stay
Laven re-elected to the state chamber board
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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