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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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Photo from Nick Cooper
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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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Phillip Taylor, Flickr
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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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From NorthLandsNewsCenter.com
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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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