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Local BioDiesel Back At The Pumps In Northern MN And Northwestern Wisconsin With Open House Today

It's been a warmer than average spring, and that means that summer biodiesel blends are coming back to the pumps.  Did you know that there is a biodiesel headquarters right here in the Northland? 

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Duluth Mayor Ness Proclaims April 12 “Community Development Day”

We aren't always aware of the programs available to us through the City and the Government.  But if you need help, you should really look into it, you'd be surprised what you find.  In fact, since 1875, there has been the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in place that has provided local governments with resources to help people with low and moderate income.

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Self Checkouts Becoming More Common In Duluth/Superior: Like Them Or Not?

Yesterday, I was heading towards the checkouts when I saw long lines of people waiting for a cashier.  Of course there were multiple self checkouts with shorter lines of people.  I still think these things scare a lot of people, worried about trying something new

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Minnesota Waitress Sues After Police Seize $12,000

Struggling mom has a very strange encounter with a customer and is left with a box.  Box contains $12,000!  I think the key to this story is that she notified the police right away and they told her if nobody claimed it within a certain time she could have it.  That time passed and they extended it.  That extended time passed and they said she couldn't have it because it's "drug money".   Because they didn't disclose that right away, it sounds like they're making up the rules on the fly so I can see her reasoning behind the lawsuit.

A couple of questions come to mind.  First would if this happened to you would you notify police or just take it as offered?  Second, if the series of events this woman experienced happened to you, would you sue or just take the police offer?  Here's the whole story:

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Red Flags That Will Get You Audited

I'm busy finishing my taxes and looking for anything that will help me. I read that most people don't turn in their taxes till the last few days, so if you are like me and still working on them. Here's some tips.
Taxpayers overall face a low audit risk: The IRS audited 1.1% of all individual tax returns filed in 2010, or 1.6 million returns of 141 million filed.

The vast majority of those audits — 1.2 million — were done by mail. Just 392,000 involved an in-person meeting with the IRS. That’s not necessarily good news.

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New Office Furniture For 10 Duluth City Workers: $90,000

I can see why this is drawing criticism since Duluth has been in such a penny-pinch mode as of late to get back on track.   I agree that people need good working spaces, but perhaps this could have been introduced in a better way to avoid instant backlash.  Where there bids to get average prices from multiple vendors?  Before you present such things, especially in politics, you have to be prepared for those who will push back.

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Postal Service: Junk Mail Could Be New Cash Cow

I was just telling someone that you don't get as much junk mail today as you used to.  Well, it looks like I may have spoken too soon.  When you get direct mail from businesses, how often do you read it?

 
The U.S. Postal Service wants small businesses to send more direct mail, a.k.a. junk mail, to help the beleaguered agency expand its revenue stream by hundreds of millions of dollars.

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How Much Is Too Much to Pay for Gas? — Survey of the Day

With the average price of gas approaching four dollars a gallon, the question becomes whether Americans are going to start to seriously changing their current driving habits and vacation plans, in light of this hike.

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Learn From My Mistakes: 6 Tax Tips

The first quarter of a new year, and it's everyone's favorite time.  TAX TIME!  Yeah!  This year I thought I had a better handle on the tax stuff, but apparently I still had a few more things to learn

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Car Myths That Cost You Money Every Year

One of my favorite websites cracked.com had an article about car myths that cost you money.  It's a good article and it solidifies some things I've believed for quite some time.  I've added a couple of my own too.

First here's what they had to say.

1. Changing oil eve

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What Is the Richest Country? Hint – It’s Not the US

The United States is often touted as being one of the richest countries in the world, but compared to many other nations, it seems we have some serious catching up to do. In fact, in a new Forbes list of the wealthiest lands on the globe, the US didn’t even place in the top five.

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Filling Up Your Car With Natural Gas Could Be A Solution To Energy Crisis [VIDEO]

I heard about this first back in 2008 from billionaire T. Boone Pickens.  He's a geologist, and has worked in the energy field since 1950.  He's trying to get someone to lead the way on his plan in Washington

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