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Minnesota House Officially Approves Tiered Boost In The Minimum Wage

There has been much debate on this matter, but it appears all the dust has settled and a plan is in place to raised the minimum wage in Minnesota.

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Darth Vader Wants To Be President of Ukraine

Darth Vader, with a few stormtroopers, appeared in the Ukraine and gave a speech essentially putting his helmet in the race for the President of the Ukraine. Darth Vader is the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP), which wants to make everything digital with free computer classes for all.

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The Medical Marijuana Debate, Legalize It or Not?

There's been a lot of talk lately as there is another push to legalize medical marijuana for the State of Minnesota.  It's being discussed today in the legislature.  I've always had the opinion that it should be legalized, but there are some other things that have brought to my attention that I hadn't considered before.

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Be A Leader: Second District Residents Encouraged to Apply for Vacant City Council Seat

Have you ever wished you could be heard?  How many times have you turned to another person and said "I could do a better job"?  Here's your chance to prove it!  If you are a resident of the second district of the City of Duluth, you are encouraged to apply for the vacant city council seat.

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Congratulations to Duluth Mayor Don Ness Honored as “Person of the Year” by Twin Cities Business Magazine

According to a statement released by Twin Cities Business Magazine, congratulations are in order for Duluth Mayor Don Ness.  He has been honored as Twin Cities Business Magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year. Yet another reason to be a proud Duluthian!  Congratulations Mayor Ness!!!

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Duck Dynasty Star Phil Robertson’s First Amendment Rights Are Not Being Violated

I've been getting a little frustrated lately.  I'm sure I will come under attack by people who support Phil Robertson that don't listen to what I'm saying.   First, I 100% believe Phil should be able to express whatever views and beliefs he has under the protection of the 1st amendment.   That being said, I 100% believe that A&E has every right by law to suspend him.  That's what the first amendment is all about... laws.

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Duluth Mayor Don Ness Will Not Accept Pay Raise

Earlier this week, the Duluth City Council voted for a 25% raise in pay for Duluth Mayor Don Ness.  That would increase his salary from $78,000 to $97,500, and it would mark the first raise for that position in years.  However, that raise in pay will not be happening.

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Photo possibly taken by Karl Jaros of DNT or other citizen, was given to our family in 1963.
Photo possibly taken by Karl Jaros of DNT or other citizen, was given to our family in 1963.
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The Day My Grandpa Les Singleton Met JFK on Superior Street in Duluth, Minnesota

All this week, we've seen a lot of specials on the assassination of JFK as we mark the 50th anniversary of that fateful day in Dallas.  About two months before his trip to Dallas, he visited Duluth.  He was in the Northland on September 24th, 1963 and spent a night at the Hotel Duluth, now the Greysolon Plaza.  He was scheduled to give a speech at UMD and there was to be a motorcade in Downtown Duluth.  That's when my Grandpa Les Singleton, a firefighter at the time, came up with his plan.

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Duluth Mayor Don Ness Does Not Smoke Crack; However, the Toronto Mayor Does and It’s Comedy Gold [VIDEO]

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is all over the news recently.  I guess that's to be expected when you're the mayor of a major city and you admit you probably smoked crack, but only because you were drunk.

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Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
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US Default Avoided as Congress Votes to End Government Shutdown [VIDEO]

It may not be permanent solution, but it is a start at the very least.  The US government shutdown is over and Federal workers should return to work Thursday morning.

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Wausua Wisconsin School District Restricts Religious Christmas Music [POLL]

For some reason, the Wausau school district has taken issue with the amount of religious or "sacred" songs performed by the school's choirs.  The high school choir director was told he could perform only one sacred song for every five secular songs performed, or eliminate all Christmas music.

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Congress Still Divided As Government Shutdown Enters Third Day
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How Government Shutdown is Affecting Us Locally in the Northland [VIDEO]

Government shutdowns are confusing, and we haven't dealt with one in nearly 20 years.   Locally, a lot of people have been asking questions about what services are still provided by the government.

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