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After-storm advice for hiring a contractor

June 29, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) reminds homeowners to do their homework before hiring a building contractor after a storm … or anytime. Continue Reading

Your Legal Rights: How to assert your rights as a consumer

April 20, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Most companies understand that it is usually beneficial to try to find a solution to a consumer’s concerns. Companies don’t want unhappy consumers to complain and use a competitor’s service or product. Continue Reading

Discolored chicken leads consumer on quest for fowl truth

October 18, 2012 in Worthington Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON This is the tale of a chicken, full of pluck and color, perhaps signifying something. Continue Reading

New Consumer Reports rankings: ACMC, Family Practice among top-ranked clinics in SW Minn.

August 28, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Affiliated Community Medical Centers and Family Practice Medical Center of Willmar held the region’s top rankings for diabetes and vascular care, according to a new Consumer Reports survey appearing in a special edition of the magazine. Continue Reading

Protect yourself from credit card skimming

July 29, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

Even if you’re choosy about which ATMs and gas stations you frequent, you can still become a victim of identity thieves that place seamless devices on machines to steal or “skim” – sensitive financial information. Continue Reading

Consumers asked to pay more for milk to save farms

July 5, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Consumers will pay a little more for coffee and chocolate to ensure the farmers who produce those foods get a fair wage, so why not ask them to pay more for milk? Continue Reading

Advice on dealing with aftermath of disasters

June 27, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

After the storms which caused disastrous flooding and major property damage to parts of the state, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is offering advice to those affected, as they begin the process of cleaning up and making repair decisions. Continue Reading

Your Legal Rights: Gift cards — there’s no such thing as a free lunch

June 18, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

In 1850, a Milwaukee saloon advertised in the newspaper a free lunch at a bar. A free lunch was a marketing technique used by mid-19th century saloon owners to lure patrons to the bar. Continue Reading

Americans remain confident in April

April 24, 2012 in West Central Tribune

NEW YORK Americans’ confidence in the economy was resilient in April despite rising job cuts and falling home values. Continue Reading

MDA warns some Pepin apple cider may be contaminated

January 6, 2012 in West Central Tribune

ST. PAUL State officials said today consumers should avoid drinking certain Pepin Heights brand Honeycrisp 100 percent fresh pressed apple cider after department laboratory tests found some product distributed in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin may be contaminated with a mycotoxin called patulin.
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