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Tow cuts Christmas short for new St. Paul resident

St. Paul residents should be on alert this winter. One parking mistake can turn into a $300 fee. St. Paul resident Myriah Austin found this out the hard way.

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What's with the green donation bins around Dayton's Bluff?

(Photo credit: Forum staff) These green bins, soliciting donations of books and video games, look similar to bins set out by nonprofit organizations seeking donations for people in need.

You may have noticed a few new donation bins around the East Side. But you may not have looked closely at these green structures. Put out by the Greener Read Company, they ask people to put books, DVDs, video games and other items down the chute.

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Open data opens opportunities for small business

You know it’s holiday shopping season when the toy commercials start popping up to lure toddlers, Thanksgiving dinner has to be moved up so shoppers can get to the mall and small business owners remind the shopping public of their unique merchandise and contributions to the main street economy.

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Loan credit restrictions loosened as federal parent loan program aims to increase accessibility

(Photo by Simon Cunningham published under Creative Commons License)

As part of the revamps to the Higher Education Act, the federal government is changing its credit requirements to increase accessibility for parent loans.

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Some non-partisan notes on 2014 votes

Have you ever found yourself alone and clueless in the voting booth, suddenly aware that there are whole columns of unknown candidates vying for positions you never knew existed? There’s an app for that!

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Find a lost dog? Do these 6 things stat

As much as we don’t want anyone to lose his or her dog, sometimes it happens. Despite our best intentions and our years of dog-owning experience, sometimes our dogs get loose, especially around holidays like the 4th of July (thank you, fireworks) and Halloween (frequent opening and closing of doors, scary masks, constant doorbell ringing, etc.).

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How to keep your pet safe on Halloween

For many people, it’s one of the most anticipated nights of the year - filled with the magic of costumes, the sweetness of treats and plenty of family fun.

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Smarten up – politically and fiscally – with State Smart!

A little learning is a dangerous thing.
 Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian Spring;
 There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
 and drinking largely sobers us again. -Alexander Pope

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This week’s news you can use: Election helpers, fall street sweeps & more!

This week's News You Can Use roundup covers everything from online election resources and fall street sweeping info, to health care and heating tips! Read on for details.

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Subverting Obamacare — watch out for dirty tricks

The weekend brought news of two dirty tricks that could cheat people out of the health care coverage they need.

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