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Pickups falling through lake ice as officials put out warnings
Pipe rolls off truck, killing worker on Minnesota highway project
UPDATE: Detroit Lakes woman identified in fatal train accident
Following in their (paw) steps: Animal tracking workshop set Feb. 25 at Tamarac
How risky will the Red River diversion dam be? Depends who you ask
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Youth hockey teams advance in District play
BASKETBALL: Hornet girls drop two conference games
Fly Girls Jazz runners-up, Kick sixth at State Dance
Hornets to make 24th state appearance
DL wrestlers section runners-up
Tips from Social Security to prepare for your disability interview
Essentia Health-St. Mary's births
Local students qualify for state Business Professionals of America competition
Beat cabin fever at Grace Lutheran Church supper: Fundraiser set for this Saturday, proceeds to benefit local charities
Speech team rules apply to life as well
Friends & Neighbors
One man's junk...:My 2nd Home thrift and antique store opens in DL
February means romance...and romance scams: BBB offers tips to avoid getting duped this month
LREC bringing natural gas to rural communities
MN gas prices still on decline
United Community Bank honored for community involvement
February is Black History Month
Country singer Chris Janson at Shooting Star this Friday
Mini-retreat offers chance to reflect, refresh: NYM Cultural Center to host self-care session Feb. 25
Take a trip to 'Silver City': Guinn book has flaws, but plenty of excitement too
'Parlor Talk' set for Thursday at Hjemkomst Center
Lynn M. Alexander
Joan Alice Watland
Dean W. Iverson
Don L. Wilhelm
An early start for a strong farm bill
Editorial: Have an opinion? Write us a letter
Letter: Scrubbing USDA website a shameful attempt to shield abusers
Letter: Finally, some help with all these grizzly bear attacks
Letter: Trump's repeated lying is dangerous to nation
Finding springs is a wintertime thing: New DNR app gives you a chance to help with groundwater research
DNR says burn debris now--EMDASH--restrictions will happen soon
Blane Klemek column: Trumpeter swans are a huge Minnesota success story
Brad Laabs column: This thaw won't last, better block up your fish houses
The bass tournament that wowed the pros
You've gotta have faith: Christian filmmakers start up business, teaching academy in rural Audubon
My Christmas in Denmark: Different traditions, same feel
Late arrival for New Year's baby: First birth of 2017 at Essentia Health-St. Mary's is Azyloh Roberts
DLHS named 'Safe Sports School'
A $10,000 drop in the bucket: Red Kettle campaign gets big boost from anonymous donor in DL
Pine to Palm
June 15, 2016
Social Security: 2015 federal legislation changed ways in which benefits can be paid
Q: Can I restrict my Social Security application to apply only for spouse’s benefits and delay filing for my own retirement benefit to earn delayed retirement credits? A: Depending on your birthdate, this is possible. Parts of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 legislation, enacted...
June 15, 2016 - 5:00am
June 8, 2016
Full retirement age for Social Security varies based on year of birth
Q: Is age 65 still important for Social Security retirement? A: While age 65 is important as the starting age for Medicare, it has no special meaning for Social Security retirement anymore. Until the Social Security Amendments of 1983, retirement benefits for all birth years were...
June 8, 2016 - 5:05am
June 1, 2016
Social Security: Those receiving benefits to support another must report how funds spent
Q: Last year I started receiving Social Security benefits for my adult disabled son and just received a form asking how his benefits are used. What is this about? A: A person receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits on behalf of someone else, whether...
June 1, 2016 - 5:05am
May 25, 2016
Maximum monthly Social Security benefit changes year to year
Q: How much is the maximum 2016 Social Security retirement amount? A: This is the maximum amount payable to a person retiring in 2016 exactly at full retirement age (FRA). This is not the same as the highest possible Social Security retirement amount. The maximum monthly Social Security...
May 25, 2016 - 5:10am
May 18, 2016
Moving to new state? SSA benefit amount remains unchanged
Q: Will my Social Security amount change if I move to a different state? A: No. Based largely on individual work history, Social Security amounts do not change if you move. Be aware that amounts through the need based Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program are partly based on...
May 18, 2016 - 5:05am
May 11, 2016
Social Security credits remain on record even after you stop working
Q: I have worked for years and, according to my statement, have enough credits to qualify for benefits. Do I lose this coverage if I stop working? A: Work requirements are part of Social Security. For retirement on your own work record, you need 40 credits, about 10 years of work...
May 11, 2016 - 5:05am
May 4, 2016
You can apply for Social Security disability, retirement at same time
Q: Nearly age 64, I just stopped work because of a severe accident. Is it better to apply for Social Security disability or retirement? A: You can apply for either one or both at the same time. You chose what to do. Social Security disability depends on more than your immediate medical...
May 4, 2016 - 5:05am
April 27, 2016
SSI, Social Security are completely different programs
Q: How is SSI different from Social Security? A: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security are completely different programs. A person can receive both if meeting the separate rules of each. Here are a few more of the differences between these two national programs....
April 27, 2016 - 5:05am
April 20, 2016
Survivor’s benefits can begin within a month of death
Q: When do Social Security survivors benefits begin? A: Social Security survivors benefits can begin effective with the month of death, assuming there are eligible family members to pay. When a person receiving Social Security benefits dies, even at the end of a month, benefits are...
April 20, 2016 - 5:00am
April 13, 2016
Marriage does not impact individual maximum benefits
Q: Is there a limit to the amount of Social Security benefits payable to a couple? A: There is no marriage penalty, limit or other reduction when each member of a couple receives Social Security retirement based on their individual work records. Here, amounts payable to each member...
April 13, 2016 - 5:00am
April 6, 2016
Twins’ chances of sequential SSN’s extremely small
Q: I am expecting twins soon. Could they have Social Security numbers in numerical order to make them easier to remember? A: The chance of sequential Social Security numbers (SSN’s) being issued to siblings is extremely small with the random method used to issue numbers today....
April 6, 2016 - 5:00am
March 30, 2016
Medicare premiums deducted from Social Security benefits
Q: My mom is 67 years old and receives Social Security. She also works part-time and noticed that Medicare is taken out of both her paycheck and Social Security benefit. She is wondering why. A: Two different issues are involved. The Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) monthly premium...
March 30, 2016 - 5:00am
March 23, 2016
Retirement benefits won’t be reduced by spouse’s earnings
Q: My husband is starting Social Security retirement soon. I am younger, not retiring and will continue working. Will my earnings reduce his benefits? A: Your earnings will not reduce your husband’s Social Security retirement because those benefits are based on his own work record...
March 23, 2016 - 5:00am
March 16, 2016
How long does it take for a direct deposit change?
Q: How long will it take Social Security to change my direct deposit account? A: This depends on computer processing dates during the month, your payment date and when you contact Social Security. Direct deposit is the term for electronically sending your benefit payment directly...
March 16, 2016 - 5:00am
March 9, 2016
Earnings limitation applies only if under full retirement age
Q: I retired in 2015 but expect employment income in 2016 from work completed before I retired. Will this lower my 2016 Social Security benefits? A: For people younger than full retirement age (FRA), the Social Security annual earnings test, also called the retirement test, concerns...
March 9, 2016 - 5:00am