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Offensive woes continue for Laker girls
Pelican Rapids completes sweep at Frazee
Viking girls hold on for win at Frazee
Wrestlers looking to jump back in section mix
Wittner takes over Hornet basketball program
Want to be a snowbird?: Here’s what you should know before ‘taking flight’
In search of cultural identity in a new country
Establishing an early homestead in Becker County (Part 2 of 3)
Reacting the christian way
Friends & Neighbors
Average MN gas prices up 5 cents
Styles on Willow has a new hair stylist
Essentia Health welcomes family medicine physician in Park Rapids
Is your sewer skewered?: Local man designs system to prevent frozen sewer vents
Essentia Health welcomes orthopedic surgeon in Detroit Lakes
Grace Lutheran to host Holiday Vendor Fair
'World's best tribute to young Elvis' comes to Detroit Lakes Saturday
Area students participating in Concordia Christmas Concerts
Award-winning country artist Phil Vassar coming to Shooting Star Friday
Great American Think-Off solicits questions for anniversary debate
Diana Lynn Aker
Helen C. Erickson
Eugene (Gene) A. Nelson
Melvin Martin Goodman
Jeffrey Lee Olds
Mourning a friend who survived Pearl Harbor--and helped win WWII
Guest editorial: Don't ditch local businesses this Christmas
Does penalizing airlines for customer service infractions do any good?
Don't curse the clouds, they have surprising benefits
Editorial: Becker County scams - why can't we stop them?
It's December, bring on the ice fishing!
This is the time to go after trophy muskies
Wanted: More deer hunters in Minnesota
Now is the time to plan a Boundary Waters trip
Lot of activity as autumn turns towards winter
An explosion of everything Christmas: Detroit Lakes woman creates holiday wonderland in her home
'In Spite of Heroin': Area mom pens book about surviving twin sons’ addiction
MN children's book author coming to DLCCC Thursday
Tuxes & Tails: Rescued dogs, tuxedo’d handlers to strut their stuff on the runway this coming Friday
'An Andy and Bing Christmas': Former NFL player to bring classic Christmas show to DL
Pine to Palm
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September 16, 2015
You can file for Social Security retirement, other benefits online
Q: I am ready to file for Social Security retirement. What do I need to know? A: Being ready to file for retirement should include that you have estimated your benefit amount using Retirement Planner tools in the SSA Retirement Benefits section at www.socialsecurity.gov/retire,...
September 16, 2015 - 5:05am
September 3, 2015
Juggling kid costs and retirement
It costs parents an average of $245,340 to raise a child from birth to age 18. That figure from the U.S. Agriculture Department is just one reason why prospective parents are advised to consider parallel financial planning for child-based expenses and retirement. The key is...
September 3, 2015 - 5:30am
September 2, 2015
SSA earnings limits end the month you reach full retirement age, 62
Q: If I retire in September at age 63, and have earned over $17,000 so far this year, can I still start Social Security this year? A: Yes, a person can receive Social Security when they retire even if having high earnings up to retirement.Annual earnings limits vary based on your...
September 2, 2015 - 5:05am
August 12, 2015
You can get both survivor, retirement benefits, just not at the same time
Q: Does starting Social Security as a widow prevent me from receiving my own retirement? A: No. If eligible for SSA survivors benefits as widow or widower and also for your own retirement, you can start the smaller one first and switch to the higher later on. Based on age, survivors...
August 12, 2015 - 5:10am
July 15, 2015
Military pensions not usually considered for computing SSA benefits
Q: Will military retirement reduce my Social Security amount? A: It will not, as explained below but the question brings up a topic not mentioned for a while, the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). Pensions are not usually considered when computing your Social Security benefit...
July 15, 2015 - 5:05am
July 8, 2015
Numbers for Medicare claims are based on Social Security record
Q: Do Social Security retirement amounts change based on what state you live in? A: No. Your retirement amount is based on your personal work history over many years and your age when starting benefits, not on where you live. It will not change if you move to a different state. Your...
July 8, 2015 - 5:00am
July 1, 2015
Numbers for Medicare claims are based on Social Security record
Q: My Medicare claim number is based on my Social Security number (SSN) and through my own Social Security retirement. If I eventually receive benefits through my husband’s Social Security record, will my Medicare claim number change to show his SSN? A: No. Even if you start...
July 1, 2015 - 5:10am
June 17, 2015
Early retirement can reduce your Social Security benefits
Q: If I retire at age 58, will the loss of earnings hurt my Social Security retirement at age 62? A: An early retirement will probably reduce the amount of your future Social Security because a person’s highest earning years are usually near retirement. Your Social Security...
June 17, 2015 - 5:00am
May 27, 2015
Spouses of Social Security beneficiaries can apply for Medicare at age 65
Q: I receive Social Security retirement. My wife is approaching the Medicare age of 65, has not worked enough to receive her own SSA retirement and does not want to start receiving monthly benefits as a spouse through my record yet. Can she get Medicare through my work record...
May 27, 2015 - 5:00am
April 29, 2015
Social Security benefit amount for disabled is the same after retiring
Q: At age 53, I was found eligible for Social Security disability benefits. What effect will this have on my real Social Security at retirement age? A: First, Social Security disability benefits are real Social Security, just another part of the program. The three parts of Social...
April 29, 2015 - 5:10am
April 27, 2015
Mary Lee is calling it quits after 35 years selling parts!
Mary Lee is calling it quits after 35 years selling parts! Join us Friday, May 1st from 1– 4pm at NAPA Detroit Lakes to say goodbye and...
April 27, 2015 - 5:05am
April 22, 2015
Benefit reduction for early retirement is based on age
Q: What percentage of monthly reduction will you take if starting Social Security retirement before full retirement age (FRA)? A: This depends on how much younger you are than FRA, also called normal retirement age on the Social Security website, www.socialsecurity.gov. Starting...
April 22, 2015 - 5:05am
April 8, 2015
Retirees must be 62 for entire month to get that month’s benefits
Q: I was told that if you retire at 62, you have to be 62 plus one month of age before you are eligible to collect Social Security retirement. Is this true? A: A more accurate way of stating this is that a person must be at least age 62 through the entire month to receive benefits...
April 8, 2015 - 5:00am
April 1, 2015
No limit to amount of SSA benefits a couple can receive
Q: Is there a limit to the amount of Social Security benefits payable to a couple? A: No, but this is a popular myth. There is no marriage penalty, limit or other reduction when each member of a couple is eligible for their own SSA retirement. Amounts to each member of the couple...
April 1, 2015 - 5:05am
March 25, 2015
Earnings limits apply to widow’s benefits
Q: Do Social Security earnings test limits apply just to retirement? Do they apply if receiving widow’s benefits? A: Yes, earnings limits apply for a person receiving survivor benefits if he or she is younger than full retirement age (FRA). Annual earnings test limits apply...
March 25, 2015 - 5:00am