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Ask a trooper 2015

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Neil Dickenson – Minnesota State Patrol at 1131 Mesaba Ave, Duluth, MN 55811 or follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NE or reach him at, neil.dickenson@state.mn.us. Jan. 15 What are the requirements for driving using a foreign driver’s license? […]

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The founding fathers would embrace energy independence

by William L. Schachte Jr. The United States is closer than ever to fulfilling the vision of our Founding Fathers. By achieving energy independence, we can achieve freedom from foreign influence. Yet on the basis of alarmist claims, the Obama Administration is balking on two key elements of this new energy security: hydraulic fracturing – […]

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American students need room to grow

by Dick Resch American students need to hit the books. According to the latest international data, the United States ranks 24th among 34 developed countries in math and science achievement – well below countries like Slovenia, Vietnam and the Czech Republic. Our dismal academic performance has real consequences for our economy. If U.S. students were […]

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10 tips for using credit wisely

Using credit responsibly is an integral part of personal financial health. Not only is credit a key factor in securing loans for a home, vehicle or other major purchases, potential employers may review an applicant’s credit as part of the interview process, and landlords often look at credit before approving new renters. “Improving and maintaining […]

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Blitz is recovering at BluePeral Veterinary Partners after having a steel fence post pierce his chest while hunting.

Beloved hunting dog impaled on steel fence post is on the mend

A 3-year-old German wirehaired pointer is recovering at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital after a steel fence post pierced his chest while he was retrieving a pheasant. The accident occurred during a hunting trip near Miller, S.D., after Tim Ramler shot a pheasant with his 12-gauge shotgun. Blitz, his hunting dog, went bolting toward the bird. […]

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Making holidays bright . . . and affordable

Already dreading what you’ll spend this holiday season? It doesn’t have to be that way. Gifts aren’t the only budget-busting culprit during the holidays. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are also a peak time for spending on groceries, travel, events, entertainment, energy, clothes and meals out. Financial advisors recommend you use no more […]