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Baseball: Chargers shutout Raiders, 13-0
Tennis: Cardinals off to a quick start
Softball: WCA takes season opener over Browerville
Trap shooting: B-E looks for a return to state
Yohnke getting offers from DI programs
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
Steve and Karen Samek
Morken: A few tips for gaining hunting permission
CRP cap to rise in House version of 2018 federal Farm Bill
From sap to syrup
Public comment meeting on deer plan coming to Glenwood
Morken: What survey numbers tell us about the future of conservation
Eleanor (Briese) Mattocks
David Leslie Lusty
Mildred A. Schroeder
LETTER: Switch to plant-based diet
LETTER: Douglas County Hospital has a secret
LETTER: Volunteers are vital part of Knute Nelson
LETTER: Some hate groups are in disguise
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
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
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Herberger's to close soon
Spring brings excitement, optimism
Parent company of Herberger's could be headed for liquidation
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December 12, 2010
This season, heed the financial ghosts of Christmas
"Bah Humbug!" This famous line from Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" sums up the way many of us react when its time to talk finances. Money may be the last thing you want to think about this season, but take a lesson from Scrooge and heed the financial Ghosts of Christmas past, present...
December 12, 2010 - 12:14pm
December 4, 2010
Scrooge-O-Meter: The true cost of charging gifts
Given the economy this past year and with the biggest shopping days upon us, it's important to think about holiday spending and the true cost of using plastic for those unbeatable deals you're sure to be tempted with this holiday season. Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Financial...
December 4, 2010 - 2:33pm
December 3, 2010
Column - Black Friday was eye-opening
I'm not a big shopper but I decided to see for myself what Black Friday is all about. I expected big crowds of eager bargain hunters - some of them, perhaps, a little too eager - along with some long lines and a little confusion. I was blown away. When my wife and I approached...
December 3, 2010 - 12:00am
November 24, 2010
Shopping while on the job? Be prepared for consequences
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just days away, workers who plan to bargain hunt while on the clock should do so with caution. Nearly half (48 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed by Robert Half Technology said they block access to online shopping sites; another...
November 24, 2010 - 9:36am
November 21, 2010
Avoiding holiday debt - more consumers using cash and debit cards
Thinking about using cash or debit cards over the holiday shopping season? You're not alone! That's what most people -- or 70 percent -- will be using for their gift purchases, according to a new survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, of which LSS of Minnesota...
November 21, 2010 - 12:14pm
June 18, 2010
Alexandria ranks high for pulling in shoppers
Although it may be smaller than other cities, Alexandria's retail industry packs a punch. In fact, a new report shows that Alexandria's retail...
June 18, 2010 - 12:00am
May 28, 2010
Better Business Bureau launches service to protect online shoppers
The Better Business Bureau has partnered with Azigo, a leader in user-centric technologies, to launch a new online search tool designed to help consumers find businesses they can trust when they research and shop online. The BBB's Accredited Business Locator is powered by Azigo's...
May 28, 2010 - 12:00am
March 24, 2010
Editorial - Ten reasons to keep shopping at home
An Alexandria business owner sent us something that he said should be printed every week to remind people about how important it is to shop locally. The information, "Ten Reasons to Shop Local," is originally from Tim Mitchell, included in the Northwest Earth Institute's Choices...
March 24, 2010 - 12:00am
March 12, 2010
Relax, stay awhile
People going to the Viking Plaza Mall may find themselves lingering a bit longer these days. New improvements are encouraging shoppers to stay...
March 12, 2010 - 12:05am
December 11, 2009
Shopping for children's gifts? Try these educational ideas
Editor's note: The following information was provided by the West Central Initiative (WCI) and the Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative. Are you at a loss for what to give that special child in your life? Sure, there's plenty to choose from - we're bombarded with toy gift ideas...
December 11, 2009 - 12:00am
November 29, 2009
BBB advises caution on Cyber Monday; anyone can create a website
After a heavy day of shopping at the malls on Black Friday, consumers will be looking to find some deals on the Internet on what has been called Cyber Monday - the Monday after Thanksgiving. According to Shop.org, 84 percent of retailers will have a Cyber Monday promotion this year,...
November 29, 2009 - 11:52am
November 26, 2009
Editorial - Black Friday advice: Shop smart, local
Today is "Black Friday" - traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. It's a day when shoppers can scoop up all kinds of bargains but they can also get burned. Before we get into some shopping tips provided by the Better Business Bureau, here's our best advice for the day:...
November 26, 2009 - 12:00am
Stop-N-Shop event helps Relay for Life
The Douglas County Relay for Life will be sponsoring the annual Stop-N-Shop on Thursday, December 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alexandria Armory. Numerous independent consultants will be available under one roof, offering something for everyone just in time for Christmas shopping. Bring...
November 26, 2009 - 12:00am
September 2, 2009
Editorial - Seven ideas to add to your back-to-school shopping list
With the first day of school less than a week away for most Douglas County students, now is a good time to set some academic goals for the future. Instead of focusing solely on getting good grades - or in some instances, just passing on to the next grade level - parents and their...
September 2, 2009 - 12:00am
August 19, 2009
Tomorrow's mall: Viking Plaza - Management hopes to add entrance, make many improvements
Imagine a shopping mall with a park-like atmosphere - inside and out. Shoppers driving into the mall don't just see a parking lot. There's a...
August 19, 2009 - 12:05am