Skip to main content
Woodland capping off Blue Ribbon year
Movie star, film crew visit Alexandria
Updated: Bail set for suspects in connection with Forada assault
Law Enforcement Blotter: Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20
Central Minnesota motorcyclist identified as victim in SD crash
Sports schedule for Tuesday, May 22
Boys golf: Cardinals trying to put it all together after Brainerd steals one at AGC
Girls golf: Silverstreaks are conference champs
Boys golf: Osakis finishes fifth in CMC
Baseball: Merritt's one-hitter leads B-E over Hancock
A big heart: Forada firefighter loved helping everyone
And the most-requested library books are....
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
Bonding over books
Updated: Cool water temps make for a tough walleye bite on opener
Morken: Fishing by the numbers
Mike Frisch: Tips for the walleye opener
Fishing Frenzy: An interactive look at the 2018 Minnesota fishing opener
Special regulations trump new pike zone rules
Frances V. (Detmers) Kay
Delores (Flatebo) Ewing
John "Jack" Burns
OUR TURN: County workers rise above stress
LETTER: Bombing explanation shelters Trump
THUMBS UP/THUMBS DOWN
LETTER: Another nail in coffin of local business
LETTER: Quran filled with inconsistencies
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
On The Street
Chamber Ambassadors recognize two local businesses
Economist: U.S. well positioned
Most on board with new hospital name
On The Street
hires and promotions
on the street
March 4, 2013
Department of Revenue releases 2013 tax incidence study
The Minnesota Department of Revenue recently released the 2013 Tax Incidence Study based on tax year 2010 data and November 2012 forecast. The study is a measure of overall burden, or effective rate, of Minnesota's state and local taxes based on income levels. The study is required...
March 4, 2013 - 8:44am
February 14, 2013
Hundreds of free tax preparation sites now open across Minnesota
This week, more than 250 sites across Minnesota are opening their doors to offer taxpayers free assistance with filing their income tax and property tax refund returns. Taxpayers have two options for free tax assistance sites. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling...
February 14, 2013 - 6:13am
February 11, 2013
Report examines tax increment financing in Minnesota
State Auditor Rebecca Otto has released the Tax Increment Financing Legislative Report. This 17th annual legislative report was compiled from information received from the 426 development authorities currently authorized to exercise tax increment financing (TIF) powers in Minnesota....
February 11, 2013 - 11:45am
December 23, 2012
Earned Income Tax Credit could put more money in your pocket
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC or EIC) may sound complicated, but it's actually a simple concept designed to assist working families. The EITC is a tax credit to help you keep more of what you earn by giving you a tax refund, says the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants...
December 23, 2012 - 11:13am
December 2, 2012
Smaller paychecks, late filing await taxpayers in January
New Year joy could quickly turn into January sticker shock for taxpayers surprised by smaller paychecks and little chance of getting tax refunds in January. The main two reasons for this are the end of the 2-percent payroll tax holiday that will make paychecks shrink and the later-than-normal...
December 2, 2012 - 9:09am
November 29, 2012
Interest rate on unpaid state taxes, overdue refunds unchanged for 2013
Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans announced this week that in 2013, taxpayers will pay a 3 percent interest rate on delinquent state tax payments. This rate has remained the same since 2010. The department calculates interest from the date the tax is due...
November 29, 2012 - 2:54pm
September 21, 2012
School tax levy may rise 1.9 percent
At its September 17 meeting, the Alexandria School Board approved a preliminary gross certified property tax levy for 2013 that is a 1.93 percent increase from the gross certified tax levy for the current year. The proposed levy of $11.216 million is approximately $212,000 more than...
September 21, 2012 - 12:00am
September 4, 2012
Back-to-school tips for students and parents paying college expenses
Whether you're a recent high school graduate going to college for the first time or a returning student, it will soon be time to head to campus, and payment deadlines for tuition and other fees are not far behind. The IRS offers some tips about education tax benefits that can help...
September 4, 2012 - 8:52am
September 1, 2012
IRS ofers tips to reduce big refunds and prevent tax bills
The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that it's not too late to adjust their 2012 tax withholding to avoid big tax refunds or tax bills when they file their tax return next year. Taxpayers should act soon to adjust their tax withholding to bring the taxes they must pay...
September 1, 2012 - 11:49am
August 7, 2012
Warning issued over third-party Internet vendors charging for free tax services
The Minnesota Department of Revenue is warning taxpayers of a growing trend of Internet vendors charging taxpayers for services the department offers for free. These Internet vendors are not affiliated with the Department of Revenue. "Starting a business is risky enough in this...
August 7, 2012 - 1:52pm
Video shows imbalance of Minnesota's tax system
Using a video blackboard alive with chalk-like graphics, Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans details in plain language why the state's tax system is unbalanced. This is the first in a series of videos titled "Talking Taxes with Myron." The series coincides with Gov. Mark Dayton's...
August 7, 2012 - 10:42am
August 4, 2012
IRS offers six social media tools for free tax information
The IRS uses a variety of technologies to help you get the tax information you need. Here are six ways the IRS uses social media to share information on tax changes, initiatives, products and services: 1. IRS2Go 2.0 IRS's smartphone application allows you to check your refund...
August 4, 2012 - 11:22am
July 29, 2012
Expanded adoption tax credit still available for extension filers
If you adopted a child last year and requested an extension of time to file your 2011 taxes, you may be able to claim the expanded adoption credit on your federal tax return. The Affordable Care Act temporarily increased the amount of the credit and made it refundable, which means...
July 29, 2012 - 2:43pm
Angel Tax program allocates all its credits
The Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Program has allocated all $12 million in tax credits that were available to angel fund investors in 2012, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment of Economic Development (DEED). The agency said the credits ran out earlier than expected because...
July 29, 2012 - 12:23pm
July 27, 2012
Tax reform in Minnesota?
The only things certain in life are death and taxes, according to Benjamin Franklin. Franklin neglected to mention a third inevitability: The arguments associated with taxes. And it's not difficult to realize why these arguments are unavoidable.
July 27, 2012 - 12:00am