Early Retirees Say You, Too, Can Quit Working EarlyFor some, retiring early sounds like a fantasy, especially when recent studies suggest many people don't think they'll ever be able stop working. However, some Minnesotans who left the workplace long before the age of 65 told us it's possible if you stick to a plan.
400,000 Minnesota Teamsters And Retirees Facing Big Pension CutsThousands of teamster truck drivers and retirees are getting some terrible news in the mail. They've been told to brace for huge cuts in their monthly pension benefits.
Good Questions: Hot Dogs, Traffic Maps & Social Security NumbersEvery Friday, Heather Brown tackles some of our viewers' burning questions. This week, she'll tell you why hot dogs are called hot dogs, how Google and MnDOT know about traffic conditions and how Social Security numbers are assigned.
Forest Lake Couple Charged In Public Assistance Fraud SchemeA Forest Lake couple is facing felony charges, accused of bilking taxpayers for about $115,000 in public assistance benefits they weren't entitled to.
How To Max Out Your Social SecurityHow does getting more money sound? Laurence Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller and Paul Solomon have three tips for getting the most out of your social security.
Good Questions: Super Bowl, Social Security, Gas GaugeEvery Friday, we answer a few confounding questions submitted by our viewers. This week, Heather Brown takes a look at the Super Bowl's viewership numbers, unused Social Security dollars, and the accuracy of gas gauges.
Republican Senators Want To Phase Out Social Security Taxsenate Republicans want to ditch Minnesota's tax on Social Security checks. Minnesota is one of just seven states that apply an income tax to Social Security. Seniors who make less than $25,000 a year are exempt.
Widow Of Ebola Victim Fights For Survivor BenefitsA Twin Cities woman, who lost her husband to the Ebola virus, is being denied Social Security survivor benefits. Decontee Sawyer says that's because the country where he died won't release his death certificate. Patrick Sawyer got sick in July after traveling from Liberia to Nigeria.
Good Question: How Do We Measure Inflation?Starting next year, Social Security benefits will rise 1.7 percent -- or about $20 a month based on an average monthly Social Security payment of $1,192. That increase, or cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), has been pegged to the consumer price index (CPI) since 1975. It's one of several ways to measure inflation. So, how do we measure the CPI?
Good Question: Can You Count On Social Security?With the uncertainty of the stock market, it's nice to have Social Security there for retirement. But Social Security's very own board of trustees said that unless changes are made, it could be depleted by the year 2033.
Minn. Guardsman Accused Of Stealing Military IDs A Minnesota National Guardsman and Iraq war veteran charged with fraud for allegedly stealing personal information of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit was likely responsible for analyzing the military's enemy intelligence.
Minn. Man Accused Of Army ID Theft A Minnesota National Guard member and self-described commander of a militia group is accused of stealing classified information from his former military unit at Fort Bragg, N.C.