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Vandals smash sinks at Alexandria park
Alexandria man suspected of supplying heroin in Fergus Falls overdose case
Level three sex offender moving to Brandon
Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, June 23
An Alexandria voice at the U of M
Legion baseball: Seven late runs lead Glenwood past Osakis
SUPing off the beaten path
A chance to ride
Bursting onto the scene: Alex eighth-grader finishes off impressive trap season with big final shoot
Legion baseball: Alex sweeps at Perham
Mikkelson to host citywide prayer gathering
First Lutheran welcomes new pastor
#ProsperityHabit brings color to art exhibit
The Jolly Zuks bring polka to concert on the lawn
Anthony Miltich and Friends kick off celebration
Kristin Rose Elmer of Duluth and Nathaniel Thomas Vetter of Prior Lake announce their engagement.
Births - June 17, 2016
Engaged - Shimota and Holm
Engaged - Doty and Johnson
Births - June 10, 2016
Alex's John and Drake Herd pull out top prize at Lake Osakis Walleye Tournament
One for the wall
Walgrave's big day
Mickelson's big pike
Reducing some rough fish
Sandra R. Hinderschied
Ruth Augusta Wenner
Duwayne Allen Averill
Inez Trueman (Gandrud)
COMMENTARY: What the new SAT really means for teachers and parents
COMMENTARY: Safe at Home can help victims of domestic violence
LETTER: Can constitutional government survive?
COMMENTARY: What it takes to be an effective citizen
LETTER: Let’s be Douglas County nice
Value added producer grants available
How to plant a tree
Producers should file crop certification report
Local work meeting scheduled in Douglas County
Gardening tips: Add sparkle to your landscape
Golfers raise $17,000 in support of United Way
First Security Bank awards student scholarships
Better Business Bureau hopes to mute speaker scam
Servpro opens doors to local area
K-LAKES Radio hits the airwaves
Hires and Promotions
On The Street
April 20, 2016
School board denies tax break for hotel development
By Tara Bitzan and Al Edenloff, Echo Press A planned $9.6 million hotel project came up against another road block Monday, when the Alexandria School Board denied a tax abatement request. The request was made by Schultz Properties Investments, LLC to assist with the costs of construction...
April 20, 2016 - 4:10pm
April 1, 2016
IRS.gov has tools for quick answers
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) encourages taxpayers working on their 2015 tax returns to take advantage of the numerous online tools and resources available on IRS.gov. The tax deadline is Monday, April 18. The IRS has a wide variety of easy-to-use, online tools on IRS.gov. Through...
April 1, 2016 - 12:00am
March 23, 2016
Bill would axe tax on ambulance services
Legislation to remove tax from ambulance services is making its way through the Minnesota House. A 2 percent health-care provider tax has been charged for ambulance runs, as well as doctor visits and other health-care related needs. Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River, said ambulance services...
March 23, 2016 - 12:00am
February 5, 2016
Taxpayers can check refund status online
The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that it issues 90 percent of refunds in less than 21 days. The best way to check the status of a refund is online through the Where's My Refund? tool at IRS.gov or via the IRS2Go phone app. Taxpayers can use Where's My Refund? to start...
February 5, 2016 - 12:00am
January 22, 2016
Tax forms at library limited
Tax forms are available at the Douglas County Library, but supplies and the types of forms are limited. Here's why, according to library director Jake Odland: Three to five years ago, libraries could get multiple copies of tax forms from the IRS and the Minnesota Department of Revenue...
January 22, 2016 - 12:00am
Department of Revenue combats motor vehicle tax evasion
The Minnesota Department of Revenue reminds Minnesota residents that motor vehicles they purchase, including recreational vehicles, must be registered in Minnesota and are subject to the state’s 6.5 percent motor vehicle sales tax. This rule applies regardless of where the vehicle...
January 22, 2016 - 12:00am
January 8, 2016
Time to file state, federal income taxes
It is almost tax filing time. The Minnesota Revenue Department announced it will begin accepting individual income tax filings on Jan. 19, the same day the federal Internal Revenue Service does. The deadline this year will be April 18 for both state and federal returns. State Revenue...
News / government
January 8, 2016 - 12:00am
December 2, 2015
IN THE KNOW: Attend meetings of the local taxing authorities to discuss proposed budgets
Last week I received the annual mailing from various taxing authorities entitled “Proposed Taxes 2016.” They projected the amount of the 2016 property taxes and the comparison with those in 2015. They also announced the date, time and place for the meetings by jurisdiction for...
opinion / columns
December 2, 2015 - 12:00am
November 18, 2015
Property taxes to increase statewide again
Minnesota's Revenue Department tells property owners something they already assumed: Property taxes will rise next year. The department received data from local governments indicating that overall city taxes will jump 5.2 percent, counties will be up 3.7 percent and townships plan...
News / government
November 18, 2015 - 12:00am
November 13, 2015
2016 Minnesota income tax brackets announced
The Minnesota Department of Revenue has announced the adjusted 2016 individual income tax brackets. For tax year 2016, the state’s individual...
News / government
November 13, 2015 - 12:00am
November 4, 2015
Ag, mobile home taxes due November 16
Douglas County Auditor-Treasurer Char Rosenow reminds owners of land classified as agricultural and mobile home owners that second-half tax payments are due on or before Monday, Nov. 16. Payments may be made in person until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16. If mailing a tax payment,...
November 4, 2015 - 12:00am
October 16, 2015
RCC expansion draws debate
People continue to give the Alexandria City Council feedback about a proposed $9.9 million expansion and renovation of the Runestone Community Center. In the third public hearing on the idea on Monday night, two people spoke against the plan and four supported adding a third rink. Byron...
October 16, 2015 - 12:00am
October 14, 2015
LETTER: McNamar helping middle class families get ahead
To the editor: It was about this time last year over 90,000 rural Minnesota residents got a bump in our agricultural homestead market value property tax credit from the Minnesota Department of Revenue because of the work Rep. Jay McNamar did. Over 3,000 of the recipients live in...
opinion / letters
October 14, 2015 - 12:00am
September 30, 2015
City proposes 5.9 levy increase
But your taxes won’t go up that much
September 30, 2015 - 12:00am
September 29, 2015
What will happen to Alexandria taxes next year?
Here’s a peek into your property tax bill for next year. At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council approved a preliminary tax levy increase of 5.9 percent in 2016. The actual increase for Alexandria taxpayers, however, will be significantly less because the...
September 29, 2015 - 12:25pm