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Property tax relief for seniors expands

August 21, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Seniors will have a bit more help this year with their property taxes thanks to an overhauled Homestead Tax Credit program. Continue Reading

Charities team up to raise awareness of state tax credit program

June 6, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Several North Dakota charitable foundations are investing $100,000 in a campaign to raise awareness of a tax credit program they say is underused and to increase charitable giving overall. Continue Reading

Fewer college students are carrying credit cards

April 27, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

MOORHEAD, Minn. Regan Whitney is in no way plastic shy. With one credit and two debit cards, Whitney, a junior at Concordia College, feels she is a bit more financially literate than many of her peers. Continue Reading

Don’t let an ‘authorization hold’ on credit card hold you hostage

March 16, 2013 in Alexandria Echo Press

Credit is a convenience; it allows you to charge a meal on your credit card, pay for an appliance with an installment plan, or take out a loan to buy a house. However, when dining out at a fancy restaurant or spending the night away in a hotel, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) says it’s important to take notice of what the banking industry calls an “authorization hold.” Continue Reading

Williston’s credit rate drops a notch

February 28, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WILLISTON Williston city leaders say they’re disappointed by a reduction in the city’s credit rating, but they’re committed to managing their debt responsibly and without putting the burden of the oil boom on local taxpayers. Continue Reading

Angel Tax program allocates all its credits

July 29, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

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). 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

Celebrating a rural landscape

April 18, 2012 in West Central Tribune

United FCS office in Willmar, Minn., turns to local artists for an eye-opening look at our rural landscape Continue Reading

Advice: Credit cards offer convenience but may cost more in the long run

April 9, 2012 in West Central Tribune

Credit cards have an increasingly larger presence in our financial lives. But if we are working hard to avoid new debt or pay down current debt, it may be important to find alternative ways to manage our money.
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Debate over energy tax credit impacts Parkers Prairie wind farm project

February 21, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

U.S. Senator Al Franken has urged his colleagues to extend for four years a renewable energy tax credit that especially would help wind-powered electrical production.
The Minnesota Democrat said the tax break would save thousands of jobs, create new ones and cut the country’s need for foreign oil. Continue Reading