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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, Nov. 6 When it comes to snowy roads, what is more important obeying […]

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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 […]

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School district weather-related closings, delays and dismissals

The three major St. Cloud metro area school districts will work with one another again this winter on weather-related emergencies. In a renewed effort to gather accurate weather information, the school districts will continue to rely on the expertise of the National Weather Service and St. Cloud State University meteorologists for weather forecasts, and both […]

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Five things to know about MNsure open enrollment

With the 2016 open enrollment period beginning Nov. 1, MNsure is reminding Minnesotans about five things they should keep in mind when shopping and comparing health-insurance-coverage options for themselves or their family. MNsure can save you money Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Commerce released 2016 individual health-insurance-market premiums. These premiums are increasing between […]

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Colleges need to sync-up student skills with modern demands

by John Hyde and Amy Bravo Many of today’s college students are stunningly ill-prepared for the professional world. What’s worse, they don’t even realize it. A new survey from the Association of American Colleges and Universities finds that about 70 percent of college students think they possess the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in […]

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Enjoy a safe Halloween with fire safety tips

With Halloween just around the corner, children will soon be out in costume trekking through festive displays in search of candy. However, more than ghosts could be lurking amongst the mid-fall fun, as Halloween costumes and decorations present a number of hidden fire hazards. Fortunately, by following some simple safety precautions from the National Fire Protection […]