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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.


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

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


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!


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.).


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.


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


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.


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.


How you can protect Minnesota dogs from traps this hunting season

Hunting season is upon us, which means Minnesotan hunters everywhere are donning their traditional fall colors: blaze orange and camo. Part of what people love about hunting is the chance to watch their dogs at work doing what they love most, and although pups can be handy friends when hunting, the sad truth is that running around in the wilderness can be dangerous and sometimes even fatal for our dogs. So while we don’t propose that dogs be denied the chance to hunt, we do think there’s more to be done to keep our dogs safe. And Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN has the perfect solution.


Vote absentee, then track status of your ballot online

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Voters still have time to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 4 elections and can track the status of their ballot online, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reports.

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