Tricounty News

Special speaker to be at Kimball Expo

Stacy Thoeny will speak at the Kimball Business & Community Expo at 12:30 p.m. Saturday,
April 6. Stacy will share her story about farming, rural America, and raising healthy and nutritious food with the audience.


Second Annual Craft Beer and Wine Expo in Richmond

Moves to April this year

Craft beer and fine wine pair up for a second straight year to benefit the local youth hockey program at the 2013 River Lakes Craft Beer and Wine Expo from
2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the River Lakes Civic Arena, located at 319 Central Avenue South in Richmond.

The Expo will feature more than 35 brewers and vintners offering more than 100 varieties of craft beer and 40 varieties of fine wine. Early bird tickets are only $25 and are available for purchase online at, or at Brinky’s Liquor in Richmond, Cashwise Liquor in Waite Park, West Side Liquor in Waite Park, St. Cloud and Sartell, or any River Lakes hockey parent. Get your tickets early, only 1,500 sold! Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $35.


Seminar on bankruptcy and credit issues to be held

The Volunteer Attorney Program for Central Minnesota Legal Services (CMLS), in St. Cloud, has scheduled a Community Education Seminar on Bankruptcy and Credit Issues for 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Thursday, March 18, at Great River Regional Library, 1300 West St. Germain St., St. Cloud.

The presenter, Stephen L. Heller, Esp., of Heller & Thyen, PA, will present at the seminar. During his presentation, Mr. Heller will provide information on Credit Basics, How Credit Affects One’s Ability to Conduct Everyday Business, How to Obtain a Credit Report, Reporting Credit Report Errors, Debt Management Programs, Fair Debt Collection, Considering Bankruptcy, When Should You File for Bankruptcy, What Types of Bankruptcies Should be Filed, How to Handle Garnishment, Can an Individual File Bankruptcy on His and/or Her Own, and How to Handle Phone Calls, Letters, Collection Agencies, and/or Attorneys. Mr. Heller will also be available to answer any questions from the audience.

This seminar is free to those interested individuals. Please call (320) 257-4873 to register. If fewer than five people register, the seminar will be canceled.

For more information and to make reservations, please call Kathy Wingen, Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinator at (320)
257-4873, or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Getting organized for tax season

Avoid the last-minute rush and have what you need when you need it

Are you one of those taxpayers surrounded by a mound of receipts, bank statements, canceled checks, and aspirin the night before your income tax returns are due? Fear not. There are some simple steps you can take now to get organized so you’re not in panic mode this April.

The benefits of developing a simple system to keep your tax records organized and easily accessible are many. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) says that you’ll not only save time and energy when it’s time to actually file, but you’ll also increase the likelihood that you’re maximizing all of the deductions available to you and minimizing your tax liability. Lost receipts mean lost deductions and, ultimately, you’ll pay more. The MNCPA offers the following strategies to get organized.


Women’s Choice Award: Meeker Memorial Hospital (2)

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Selection of Meeker Memorial Hospital on list of “Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics” is based on women’s preferences, recommendation rating and clinical excellence.

Meeker Memorial Hospital has received the Women’s Choice Award from WomenCertified® distinguishing it as one of the 2013 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics. The award is based on robust criteria that include female patient satisfaction measurements as well as clinical excellence considerations. WomenCertified represents the collective voice of female consumers and is a trusted referral source for top businesses and brands identified as meeting the needs and preferences of women.