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Minnesota and Wisconsin E-File Information, One Month from Today Taxes are Due

We are exactly a month away from when your taxes are due.  Yup, the dreaded April 15, 2013 midnight deadline.  Instead of procrastinating, get busy and get those taxes done, then e-file.  It's faster, easier and free.  Here's some important information you should know if you live in the states of WI or MN.

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5 Ways to Save Money on Your 2013 Taxes

It's hard to believe it's already the middle of tax season. 2013 is off to a fast clip, and unfortunately this means that Tax Day is right around the corner. You could bury your head in the sand until you hit April 14 panic mode, or this year you could give yourself a burst of energy and self-confidence knowing that you met your taxes head-on. Here are money savers to get you started:

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US Postal Service Looking to Stop Saturday Mail Delivery Beginning in August [VIDEO]

The United States Postal Service has been losing money for years, but they have a plan they would love to implement later this year that could help save money.  With government approval, they would stop delivering the mail on Saturdays.

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I think I could live on $500 million - Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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$500 Million Powerball Jackpot is Not a Fluke, It’s Part of a Plan That Appears to be Working

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday has soared to about $500 million, which is obviously an amount that will only further ticket sales.  Nobody has won the Powerball since October, but there's another reason the jackpot has hit legendary status.

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Northlands Non-Profits and Individuals Get $500,000 Grant to Help with Flood Relief

Great news that should help speed up some of the rebuilding that is still taking place since the summer flooding in the Northland.

Non-profits and individuals will both benefit from a $500,000 flood relief grant

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Duluth Area Gains Over 2,000 Jobs In September

Some good news for our local economy.  While we generally see a boost in jobs in the month of September with the return of college students, the 1.8% increase in jobs recently is even higher than normal.

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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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