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Here are some tips to help spring clean your credit score

Whether you are looking to buy a home this year or just want to freshen up your fi- nances, the following tips will help you spring clean your credit score. Understand your credit score: First, let’s discuss credit scores and how they are determined. Creditors use a statistical formula to review the data in your files and compare it to […]

Revenue department offers tips ahead of tax filing

Smooth sailing? Try to avoid “Titanic” investment mistakes

It’s been 107 years this month since the tragedy of the Titanic. Of course, this disaster has fascinated the world ever since, leading to books, movies, musicals and, ultimately, a successful search for the big ship’s remains. On the positive side, commercial shipping lines learned a great deal from the Titanic, resulting in safer travel across the oceans. And as […]

April tax deadline approaches: Five myths about tax refunds

As the April tax-filing deadline approaches, the Internal Revenue Service understands that taxpayers are anxious to get details about their tax refunds. This has led to a number of common myths about refunds that often circulate on social media. While there’s no secret way for taxpayers to find out when their refund will be issued, there are some key facts […]

Debit or credit?

The real difference revealed


We’ve all been there: You’re at the register paying for that long-coveted purchase. You swipe your ATM/debit card and the touch screen asks, “Credit or Debit?” If you’re like most people, you make a choice without investing too much brainpower, but do you really know the difference between one choice and another? When is credit better than debit—and the other […]

“For Such a One as This”

Chisholm Baptist presents Easter musical

CHISHOLM – The musical drama “For Such a One as This” is once again being presented at Chisholm Baptist Church during the Easter season. Performances will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 17-19 at 7 p.m. each evening. The drama presents the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection from the perspectives of his disciples and others who encountered him during […]

Virginia Fire Department Run Report: Weeks of March 24 — April 6

VIRGINIA — During the two weeks of March 24 – April 6, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 178 times: 166 medical calls and 12 fire calls. The 12 fire calls varied from lift assists, dispatched and cancelled enroute, multiple MVAs and a water flow alarm. The 166 medical calls were 51 transfers and 115 9-1-1 medical calls. […]

Eveleth-Gilbert fourth-graders enjoy Water Week

GILBERT – The City of Gilbert works with the Eveleth-Gilbert Elementary fourth-graders each year as part of their Minnesota Wellhead Protection Plan. Gilberts Wellhead Protection plan encourages their water operators to educate our youth on the importance of water. Each year Gilbert operators offer classroom interactive presentations on how to protect our water ways, whether it be consumption, awareness of […]

Happy Birthday, Auntie Irene! Enjoy an ode to your pickles



WRITER’S NOTE: There is a very special lady living in the City of Cook and on April 18 she celebrates her birthday. This poem entitled “Irene’s Pickles” is dedicated to “Auntie Irene” Baumgartner. Happy Birthday! Irene’s Pickles Twas just another April morning when someone gave a passing warning, “Irene will have a birthday next. What should we do? We are […]

Artfully crafting a success

Financial literacy for artisans and small business owners


Any business owner discovers the importance of having the necessary knowledge of how finances, credit, and debt management converge in a business venture. Pairing this knowledge with wisdom allows the entrepreneur the opportunity to grow a thriving enterprise. Profit and loss are keenly felt when the budget is best described as “shoestring.” The majority of the population does not have […]


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