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What Happens to Unredeemed Gift Cards?

The holidays may be over, but chances are you’ve got a constant reminder: a gift card. Gift cards are always a popular choice for holiday gifts, so you’d think more of them would actually be redeemed — but experts believe at least $2 billion worth of the cards given last year will never see a cash register.

So what happens to all that money?

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5 Deals To Look Forward To In 2012

Not everything is going up in price this year!  Some things you need or enjoy will actually be going down in price:

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Minnesota State Lottery
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Powerball Price To Increase January 15, 2012

According to our news partners, the Northland News Center, the price of a Powerball Ticket will increase by a dollar on January 15th.  Powerball officials say it will make the payoff bigger!  Are you willing to part with that extra dollar to win more money?

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What Were 2011′s Stupidest Consumer Fees?

As consumers, we’re all used to being nickel-and-dimed to death with fees — from charges for checking a bag when we fly to charges to pay a bill online, we see them every day. They may be small, but they add up. And some were even more egregious than others in 2011.

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Now Is A Great Time To Buy As TV Prices Continue To Fall

If you've been waiting and waiting to buy a new HDTV, it appears that the gettin' is good right now according to this report.

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Winning Gopher Five Lottery Ticket Purchased In St. Louis County

I'm quite certain it wasn't me.  I didn't buy a Gopher Five MN State Lottery ticket on December 26.  But someone did, in St. Louis County and it's worth $$1,242,385. Count the commas, that's over ONE MILLION DOLLARS!
Dave Anderson from our sister station, the Northland's News Center tell us more and where to go and check out YOUR numbers.  Good Luck!

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36 Gifts For The Home Recommended By Consumer Reports

I know, kitchen items aren't exactly the sexiest of Christmas gifts but they are appreciated over time.  Like the year I got an electric razor for Christmas.  Sure, it wasn't a new man-cave item or something but I do use it every single day.  Great gift!  Here are 36 small appliances and other home products that Consumer Reports says are a great idea:

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Is Money Really the Most Important Part of a Job?

The second annual Simply Hired Job Seeker Survey reveals that when it comes to our jobs, some things truly are more important than money.

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Citizens Are Invited To A Public Meeting To Review Reuse Of Central High School

At the November meeting on this subject,  a whole host of ideas were suggested, from parking to a shopping center to a manufacturing plant, even a casino!  The second meeting to review reuse of the Central High School (the one with the most awesome view of Lake Superior) will be held on December 14.  What do you think the City should do with the property?  Voice your opinion, and be part of our City's history.

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ATM Surcharges Could Be Waived With Commercials

I think I would rather watch a short advertisement on an ATM screen than pay a transaction fee, what about you?  That is the plan with this invention:
 

ATM users could soon be able to opt out of ATM surcharges by agreeing to watch an advertisement in the same amount of time it takes for a typical transaction.

Clinton Townsend, a 25-year old Brooklyn, N.Y., resident from New Jersey, is founder and CEO of Free ATMs NYC.

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5 Ways To Help Our Local Salvation Army This Holiday Season

We're always told to remember the REAL spirit of the holidays.  That would include helping your neighbors and those in need in our community.  There are several ways to do this, through the Salvation Army.  Not only will it be appreciated beyond words, but will leave you with an incredibly wonderful warm and fuzzy feeling of helping others.  Here's some ideas for you and your family to choose from.

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Unexpected $876 Million State Surplus Comes With Caution

The state of Minnesota got unexpected news withe this $876 million state surplus.  However it looks like all Minnesota residents won't be receiving a check anytime soon.
Although they predict the state will end the two-year budget cycle with a surplus, the state's economic gurus are not dancing in the streets

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