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malt shoppe
Cathy Kates
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The Portland Malt Shoppe Is OPEN! Did You Know What The Building Was Previously Used For?

We drove past the Portland Malt Shoppe on Superior Street and I was surprised to see the OPEN sign illuminated!  It sparked excitement because that's the gateway to summer, but also evoked a giggle since we had been receiving small snow squalls all day.

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nerf gun
Adam Berry/Getty Images
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Duluth Police Urge Participants of “Nerf Wars” To Use Common Sense

Our nerf options were pretty slim when I was a child, a round ball or a football.  That's it, no gun or nerf pellets.  These "toys" are causing quite a stir in the City of Duluth with something called "Nerf Wars" and local law enforcement is making some important suggestions that participants need to know before playing.

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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Didn’t Make The April 15 Tax Deadline? How To File For An Extension and Other Useful Information

Ah yes, the dreaded tax date, April 15, hated by procrastinators who waited until the last minute to get their taxes done or those that KNOW they'll have to pay in and are waiting.  Still, others just don't have their records in order and may need a little more time.  The Wisconsin Department of Revenue gives residents some helpful tips to help alleviate stress and help move the process along.

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Stuart Miles
Stuart Miles
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Be Aware: Tax Day Brings Another Northland Scam

Once again, there is a scam in the Northland because it's tax day.  It's hard to know what's true and who you can trust now days.  The best thing you can do is keep abreast of the scams that are current in the area and keep your guard up!  The latest scam has targeted the Pine County/Sturgeon Lake area.  Here's the latest:

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Dan Rolland
DTA
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Meet The DTA Employee Of The Year For 2014

What an honor!  Especially for a company that boasts over 150 employees and 63 buses.  This isn't Dan Rolland's first award with the DTA which shows the longevity of his career!

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Bong Bridge
Stephen Tanko
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US 2 Eastbound Lanes Of Bong Bridge Will Close On April 13

Here we go again!  Last summer I kept you up to date on what was happening with the Bong Bridge construction and feel that it's my duty to keep you in the know this year too.  Get ready, it starts April 13.

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construction
Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Update On Duluth City Hall Front Entry Repairs

It's hard enough to get around our Downtown Duluth Government Offices, so many floors of offices with each one attending to a different need.  There's been a change since my previous blog, so if you are planning to make a trip to City Hall, here's the new information you need to know.

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Tim Mlodozyniec Photography
Tim Mlodozyniec Photography
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Is Spring Here? Shipping Season Started This Week In Duluth’s Harbor [VIDEO]

Mother nature apparently doesn't realize that our 2015 shipping season has started since we're expecting 3-5 inches of snow tonight through Thursday, but the first laker, the John G. Munson departed the harbor on Monday to kick it off!

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Stuart Miles
Stuart Miles
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Superior Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Shares A Scam Warning

I have been trying to keep up on all the scams in the Northland (can't believe how many there are) and I'm grateful when one I wasn't aware of is brought to my attention.  THIS time, I have a warning from the Superior Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce.  Read and be aware!

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construction
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Duluth City Hall Front Entry Temporarily Closed Due To Repairs

It's hard enough to get around our Downtown Duluth Government Offices, so many floors of offices with each one attending to a different need.  If you are planning to make a trip you need to know that the front entry will be temporarily inaccessible due to construction and will have to take an alternate route to your destination.

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toilet paper
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Over or Under? Age Old Toilet Paper Question Answered!

My take is:  the toilet paper should come OVER the top.  That way when you can't find the end or you're in the dark you can just spin it downward and the end will eventually come off leaving it easy to grab. I've had people argue that fact, but now there's proof.

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Kraft Mac & Cheese
Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
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A Warning To Parents: Kraft Recalls Mac & Cheese

When my daughter was young Kraft Mac & Cheese was a staple in our home along with hot dogs, chicken nuggets and juice boxes.  I've always trusted Kraft and I'm sure they feel horrible.  This blog is just to make parents aware, not to blast or shame Kraft.  I've used their products for years and will continue to do so.

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