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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 that happens in the Northland.  As our temps drop, and the economy worsens, people begin to wonder if they can keep the heat on in their homes.  The Salvation Army has a program to help, it's called Heat Share and you can help.

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Time is Running Out for Wisconsin Residents, Deadline to File Your Tax Extension is Next Week

Wow, I can't imagine not having taxes done for 2011, I'm already starting to try and get papers organized for our next filing period.  If you are a resident of Wisconsin and you are still planning to file an extension for your taxes, time is running out. I want to help!  Here is some information provided by the State of WI Department of Revenue that may be helpful.

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Time to Schedule Your Organization to Volunteer to Ring Salvation Army Red Kettle Bells

The Salvation Army says it only takes 5 teams of 2, working  2-hour shifts from 10a-8p to manage a red kettle for a day.  It does the heart good to volunteer.  Ringing dates are between November 9 and December 24.  Can you spare 2 hours of your day to help?  

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Relax! Predicted Bacon Shortage an Internet Hoax

Don't worry, the bacon shortage predicted is hogwash.  In the age where you can't believe anything you hear now over the internet or social media, another hoax had us all fooled.  It basically started with a press release that bacon prices may rise slightly:

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Now Is A Good Time To Think About Budget Billing For Utilities

Your utility bill is one of those few bills that can change drastically from one month to another.  With living in the Northland, we know this first hand.  In the summer time in our house, or bill can range usually between $100-$160 a month.  In the winter, it can reach nearly $500 a month.  The nice thing is that most utility companies offer budget billing. 

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Would You Pay a Surcharge for Using Your Credit Card? — Survey of the Day

When you use plastic to make a purchase, the credit card company bills the vendor a surcharge between 1.5 and three percent.

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Duluth Group Voices Support Of Raising Minimum Wage [VIDEO]

Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, but many groups around the country believe it is time to raise that amount.  More than 30 events took place across the country to voice support of raising the minimum wage, including one in Duluth.

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Hollywood Studios Will Withhold Box-Office Numbers For The Weekend

Normally on Sunday, Hollywood studios release their box-office totals for the weekend to see which movie rakes in the most money.  While it is expected that "The Dark Knight Rises" will clearly be the winner this weekend, with estimates of over $160 million being made in its 3-day opening weekend, the studios are withholding numbers until Monday following the tragic events in Colorado.

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Wanna Buy A Skyscraper? IDS Tower In Minneapolis Is For Sale

One of the most-famous skyscrapers in all the state of Minnesota is up for sale.  StarTribune.com is reporting that the IDS Center located on Nicollet Mall is being marketed by Chicago-based HFF on behalf of the building's owner Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc.

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KNOW Where To Save Money With Cheap Gas This Memorial Weekend

Planning on travel this Memorial Weekend?  You aren't alone.  According to AAA, 34.8 million Americans will take to the roads for the holiday, but not with out concessions. Some will hold back on spending by not paying for entertainment, many will stay closer to home.  Obviously you're going to spend a lot on gasoline, but you can save a few bucks if you check out this website to find the cheapest gas.

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FREE Money In Rebates For Energy Efficiency In Duluth Only Until July

It's called DEEP, or Duluth Energy Efficiency Program and they offer rebates up to $2500 for single family homes and $10,000 for multi-family properties.  So if you thought those home improvements were completely out of your reach financially, maybe not!

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A Day After Facebook Offers Stock To The Public, Facebook Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg Weds; Planned or Coincidence?

He looks like his 12.  He's worth millions and now...he's married.  Facebook Co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg wed his long-time girlfriend, Priscilla Chan in a surprise wedding this past Saturday.  Quite a week-end for Zuckerberg, since it was a day AFTER Facebook started selling public stocks

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