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Parsons, Lormis repeat all-conference performances
Foster 29th at NCAA Outdoor West Prelims
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Honoring our heroes on Memorial Day
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Turning back the pages
Ehnerts celebrate 50 years together
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Okeson named Director of Nursing for Emmanuel Nursing Home
Food waste is money down the drain
MN gas prices up two cents
DL Public Utilities earns Reliable Public Power Provider designation
Outlet Graphics has new graphic designer
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, other acts headed to Fargo later this year
Local chef publishes culinary memoir
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Country singers Dwight Yoakam, Mary Chapin Carpenter add Fargo Theatre shows
Victor M. Lindstrom
Dale Wayne Fagerlie
Marcella O. Jernberg
Florence I. Gilbertson
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Remember to look around at the hurting heros among us
Lynn Hummel column: Everybody needs a Bud
Letter: Bad time to cut opioid drug prevention program
Letter: More than just a three-day weekend
Rural Minnesota leader: Lawmakers, please support County Program Aid
Blane Klemek column: Starlings and sparrows both play to win
Conditions prime for nice bass bite opening weekend
Getting squirrely: Be creative in keeping critters out of bird feeders
Walleye opener dubbed a 'big success'
Blane Klemek column: Minnesota wouldn't be the same without haunting call of the loon
Consume those leafy greens for a healthy body
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'
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