News Day

No spoofing?

Your caller ID shows the name of your bank, and you answer the phone. An official-sounding voice explains that the bank is concerned that "a suspicious person" has attempted to cash a $1,200 check on your account, and asks if you have issued the check. Thoroughly alarmed, you say that you haven't.

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Minnesota homelessness increasing

Homelessness in Minnesota increased dramatically over the past three years, according to the October 2009 Wilder Research study.

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Haiti/Minnesota: Connections and contributions

In the midst of the still-unfolding tragedy in Haiti, the latest in a long history of tragedies, we are reminded of the connections that link people around the world.

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Haiti: Where to find news, where to send aid

Photo of collapsed Presidential Palace from http://www.haitifeed.com/2010/01/12/palais-national-down/

Haiti was hit by an earthquake measuring between 7.0 and 7.3 on the Richter scale and two aftershocks of magnitude 5.3 and 5.9 on the Richter scale on January 12, with dust from collapsed buildings

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NEWS DAY | Today - just the headlines

UPDATE: Yesterday’s city council hearing on increasing taxes on businesses along St. Paul’s University Avenue/Central Corridor featured lots of testimony from business owners about the devastating effects of adding increased taxes to the burdens the Central Corridor is already imposing on them, and a decision to postpone a decision – for two weeks. (Pioneer Press)

Today’s headlines include a renewed push for a foreclosure mediation bill in MN (vetoed last year by T-Paw) and, sadly, escalating war news from Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. Good news from Wisconsin, though – deerhunters shot fewer buildings this year.

I’m trying to carve out some time for a few longer posts, but no luck yet – and with heavy-duty family time (Avatar, here we come!), today doesn’t look promising either. So – read on for the headlines. 

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NEWS DAY | Video clips - Michele and Manure / Headlines of the day

CNN names Michele Bachmann Number One "for sheer wingnuttery." You'll have to watch the video all the way to the end, as it starts with Wingnut #5 and works up to our own Minnesota winner. 

And from Fox News, a video of an Iowa farmer who spelled out "Happy Birthday, Love You" for his wife in the snow - using manure. "The good soft, gushy stuff works best," he told Fox. See it here.

Back to serious news tomorrow - maybe.

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Minnesota farming, old and new / Today's headlines

From grain to goats and ginseng, farming includes a variety of crops and strategies.

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And the wars go on

As 2010 begins, wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan continue spinning out of control, and Yemen looks like a third front.

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