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Minnesota newspapers and their websites are valued for their readership and advertising results, according to a survey hot off the press. Results of a survey, conducted by Scarborough researchers for the Minnesota Newspaper Association, show that in almost every category of news and buying decisions, newspapers and their websites are the first choice for information. [...]

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Even if firearms restrictions are approved, which will be a tough fight, leaders will be left wondering what more they can do to prevent a tragedy in their own community such as the one that struck Newtown, Conn. Friday, Dec. 14. Why wait for the government to find a solution to attack such a complex [...]

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State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans recently shared some eye-opening statistics with the Metropolitan Council. The one that strikes in the gut is that in 2010, of the $27 billion the state collected in tax revenues, only $16 billion remained, after “hidden spending,” more commonly known as loopholes, was deducted. That hidden spending includes tax credits [...]

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Some experts are calling the increase in the use of the drug heroin an epidemic, and are urging community leaders, parents and schools to act on this problem. Last year in Hennepin and Ramsey counties alone, 120 people died after using heroin and other opiates. In Mille Lacs County, four persons have died in heroin-related [...]

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Thanks to the response from the public, there is a garage full of gently used baseball equipment that needs to be sent to Benin, Africa, in six months. These balls, bats and gloves will be used by young people from Benin to begin to play American baseball. Gary Tonsager, an optician from Elk River, and [...]

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In Minnesota there is a state safety net for an estimated 800,000 disabled, elderly and families with children who need help paying for their health care. During fiscal year 2010 and 2011, the Minnesota Department of Human Services spent $7.5 billion for health care with Medical Assistance (Medicaid) funds. Of that $7.5 billion, the federal [...]

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Joel Myhre of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal has it right. Most of us have not been interested in the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), because we personally haven’t felt it. We aren’t affected because we have health insurance and aren’t all that concerned for the 36 million or so who don’t have it. We [...]

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A study by the League of Minnesota Cities reveals the people value their basic community services and are willing to pay higher taxes for them — different than what political parties would have you believe. Republican Party legislators want their constituents to believe that the body public opposes increasing state taxes and favors cutting aid [...]

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