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Gas Prices Climb Partly Due To Canadian Wildfires

When the price of gas jumps like it has in the last week you tend to wonder what's the reason behind it.   It turns out that our 15-20 cent jump per gallon of gas could have to do with the Canadian Wildfires.

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Tax Preparers Work Night Shift As Tax Deadline Nears
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Some Wisconsin Residents Could Be Eligible For FREE Tax Preparation And Filing

Tax season, sigh, it's here.  Time to dig through my files wondering yet again why I didn't take the time to organize it while I was filing it.  It's a guessing game as to what information they want and can I find it!  If you live in Wisconsin and are feeling lost with the tax process there are people available to help.  They are from the  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites across Wisconsin.

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Nick Cooper - TSM
Nick Cooper - TSM
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22nd Annual Bockfest Is Underway at Fitgers In Duluth

I love this time of year, when we get closer to spring and the weather gets warmer.  Daylight Saving this weekend is one sure sign that the seasons are changing, and another is that it's Bockfest time at Fitger's.

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Northlanders Help Neighbors Keep the Heat On with Salvation Army’s Heat Share Program

It's hard to picture a family living in conditions that are without heat, but it happens in the Northland more often than you think.  As our temps drop this week people start to wonder if they can stretch their dollars to keep the heat on in their homes.  The Salvation Army has a program to help, it's called HeatShare and you can help.  You can give the gift of heat!

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Ken Hayes
Ken Hayes
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ALDI ‘Savoritz’ Cheese Crackers Might Just Be As Good As Real ‘Cheez-its’

I went shopping at ALDI grocery store in Superior Wisconsin for the first time.  It's been open for just a few days.  I'll have more on the overall experience tomorrow.  If you are unfamiliar with ALDI, it's a discount grocery store offering generic brand products that they guarantee are just as good as name brand.   When it comes to these Savoritz, I'd actually have to agree!

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Superior Target Store To Close in January

The Superior Target will soon close its doors.  Reliable sources have confirmed that the Minneapolis based company will close the Target store in Superior in January of 2016.

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Grandma's Marathon Packet Stuffing
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Go Behind The Scenes: Important Message About Grandma’s Marathon Race Packets [VIDEO]

Thousands of Grandma's Marathon racers packets were stuffed at the Curling Club this week thanks to the volunteer hours and energy of students from the Lakeview Christian Academy.  However, this year was a little light on packet material, here's why.

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UPDATE: Plans To Remodel Or Rebuild Duluth Public Library Is Up For Discussion Again

The Duluth Public Library is 35 years old, I was shocked!  Of course with a building of that age there are concerns about how energy efficient it is and there have been laws that force the building to comply with.  SO, spend millions on renovations OR spend millions on building new?  That has been the question on the table for the last few months and it looks like it will stay on the table, for now.

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Stuart Miles
Stuart Miles
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Best Protection Against Credit Card Scam Is Knowledge, Here’s What You Need To Know

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!  This scam could affect anyone that uses Credit Cards. Here's the latest:

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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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Cathy Kates
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Water Saving Toilets Provide Money For Luxury Toilet Paper?

Even if we HAD luxury toilet paper, I would still be confronted with what you see in this picture in my home!  A few weeks ago I blogged about my friend's water saving toilet.  It had two buttons, one for #1 and one for #2.  She said it was water saving and thus, money saving.  Now I know what everyone is saving money for:  luxury toilet paper!?!?!?

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