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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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Defense Cuts To Hit Duluth Fighter Wing

As the Defense Department makes cuts across the nation, it appears an impact could be felt right here in our backyard.  Do you know of anyone in the position that appears targeted for elimination?
Defense Department budget cuts could result in job losses at Duluth’s 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard.

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Mortgage Settlement Could Bring Billions In Relief

Time will tell how big an impact this will have, but it certainly can't hurt.

 
In the largest deal to date aimed at addressing the housing meltdown, federal and state officials on Thursday announced a $26 billion foreclosure settlement with five of the largest home lenders.

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JC Penney Gets Rid of Sales in Favor of Permanent Discounts — Dollars and Sense [VIDEO]

For a die-hard shopper, there’s little more frustrating than buying something at full-price, only to see it go on sale shortly thereafter.

To ward that off, retailing giant JC Penney has announced that starting Feb. 1, it’s discounting all merchandise by at least 40 percent — permanently.

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You Won’t Believe How Much Americans Spend on Coffee and Lunch Each Year

A new survey of Americans’ workplace spending habits shows we’re dropping an awful lot on incidentals like coffee and restaurant lunches every year — $3,000 per person, on average.

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What You Need to Know About New Airfare Advertising Rules

What do I pay for? My brother and I were on the phone looking up rates to fly to Phoenix for me to see him. I won't mention the Airline, but we found awesome rates. $120 dollars and we screamed, ok we didn't, but we were really excited. Fly my whole family out for 500 bucks!! Then there w

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Is Northland On Its Way To Becoming Major Hub Of Aviation Manufacturing?

Keep bringing jobs to the Northland!  We certainly started off the new year on a positive note in that regard.
Will the Twin Ports become an aviation hub?

The announcement Monday that Alan Klapmeier’s Kestrel Aircraft Co. will build its manufacturing plant in Superior is creating believers.

Klapmeier, co-founder and former CEO of Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft, says

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