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Job creation is a major presidential campaign issue. While the national unemployment rate hovers around 8.2 percent, Minnesota’s jobless rate in May was 5.6 percent. The state unemployment rate for June remained the same, but some Minnesota employers were hiring, adding 7,200 jobs last month, according to figures released on July 19 by the Minnesota [...]

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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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Youth hockey is a popular sport in Minnesota with over 40,000 players competing in the state. Coaching youngsters how to check properly is paramount, because illegal checking can cause serious injuries. Without proper rules and penalties rigorously applied, young people could become seriously injured, as was the case of Jack Jablonski who is paralyzed because [...]

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It’s hard to imagine that one out of every 10 Minnesotans is now living in poverty. For a family of four that’s an annual income of about $23,000 or $442 per week. In the last 10 years, poverty rates grew by three percent in Minnesota. What’s most surprising is that it’s no longer confined to [...]

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A study by the League of Minnesota Cities reveals that 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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Congratulations to all of you who graduated from Princeton High School last Friday. This is a very special time. It marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life and opens a world of endless possibilities — possibilities that may overwhelm you at times. It’s completely normal to feel a little apprehensive about the [...]

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