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Zebra mussels found in lakes near Vergas, Alexandria
Upcoming fair fun for all
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Three-time champion Jack Rule to play in 2016 Pine to Palm
DCC 100 celebration Thursday at Pavilion
Region 14C amateur baseball playoffs begin Friday
16U softball state runners-up
Bottom two seeds end Post 15 season
Birthday wish granted, DL travel agent takes dream vacation
Air travel legislation is ‘an amazing win for consumers’
Fun with fresh fish
Social Security benefits not prorated; start month after turning 62
Vergas family reunited with dog after four-month absence
Friends & Neighbors
Former patrons buy Bleachers
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Fremstad lawyer named ‘Rising Star’
Bell State Bank rated five-star bank
BBB warns of loan forgiveness offer
Frazee Turkey Days set for July 29-31
Celebrate reading achievements with an ‘Olympian’ event
‘Annie Get Your Gun’ opens July 28
Detroit Mt. to host first ‘bike-in movie theater’
Erasure Poetry Workshop set July 29 in New York Mills
Timothy J. Karsnia
Dean W. Sanders
David Lomen Stenseth
Sheryl "Sheri" Knowles
Marlin M. Ziegler
Cheers to young volunteers
Sound & fury drowns out the issues
ND should have left ‘Red Tomahawk’ image on its 4,000-plus highway signs
Running with the fools
Woman born of native-white parents wonders how DL can close cultural gap
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
DNR advice for handling damaged trees
Time to get over trauma, learn to cast
Birds vary wildly in how, where they build nests
Northwest MN Fishing Report
Becker County Fair Premium List
Celebrating Solstice at Richwood Winery
June Summer Scene
Biking becoming bigger with area trails
Get out and golf
July 20, 2016
Social Security benefits not prorated; start month after turning 62
Q: If starting retirement at age 62, is payment prorated for the days that I am 62? A: Social Security benefits are not prorated. A person is either eligible for the complete month or not at all. For retirement, you must be at least age 62 through the entire month to receive benefits...
July 20, 2016 - 5:05am
July 13, 2016
SSA spousal benefits are available when child under 16 is also receiving them
Q: I plan to start Social Security retirement next January, including benefits for our 17-year-old son who is in high school. Can my wife receive Social Security on my record then because our son will? She is in her 50’s and working. A: Because your son is age 17 and not younger,...
July 13, 2016 - 5:00am
July 6, 2016
Passwords on SSA website are valid for six months
Q: How long does a My Social Security password stay valid? A: Establishing your online My Social Security account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount allows immediate access to your Statement and online services for people already receiving benefits. For security reasons, your password is valid...
July 6, 2016 - 5:00am
June 28, 2016
Social Security cards can now be replaced online
Q: Can Social Security number (SSN) cards be replaced online? A: Until very recently the answer to this question was no. For people having a my Social Security account, the answer recently became maybe and eventually it will be yes. Protection of personal information is always a...
June 28, 2016 - 1:07pm
June 22, 2016
Social Security benefits are calculated the same way for men, women
Q: Are Social Security benefits the same for women and men? A: Program legislation is gender neutral so individuals with identical earnings histories are treated the same in terms of benefits, so yes; Social Security benefits are the same for women and men. Differences outside of...
June 22, 2016 - 5:00am
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