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Local Company Raising Awareness Of Kefir’s Health Benefits

Kimchee, kombucha, kefir. Have you seen some of these items at the grocery story lately and thought, what is that? They are all fermented foods — a group that is growing rapidly for their health benefits.

06/04/2014

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Minn. ‘Yacht Couple’ Accused In 2nd Fraud

Their story made national headlines. A Minnesota couple accused of taking more than $150,000 in welfare benefits while living in a lake home and aboard a $1 million yacht.

05/28/2014

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Insured Minnesotans Feel Like They’re Losing Out

Nearly 280,000 Minnesotans who pay for their own insurance will receive a letter from their health care provider detailing some small and some large changes to their plans.

10/31/2013

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‘U Of M’ Expert Questions If CrossFit Benefits Outweigh Risks

Five years ago, the word CrossFit probably wouldn’t mean a thing to any of us. Now, things have changed and Crossfit is all the rage. However, not everyone is convinced that CrossFit is a good thing.

09/25/2013

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Veterans Wait For Benefits Because Of Backlog

Minnesota’s Sen. Al Franken is pushing for legislation that would help ease the back log of claims filed by veterans who are in need of benefits.

08/24/2013

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Good Question: What Benefits Do Former Presidents Receive?

The former president’s surgery took place at a private hospital in Dallas, which had some people wondering: What benefits do former presidents receive? How about members of Congress after they leave office?

08/06/2013

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Shakopee Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Food Stamps

A 47-year-old Shakopee man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to using other people’s food stamps. Chin Son Kim pleaded guilty to one count of food stamp fraud.

06/12/2013

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Good Question: How Will Social Security Changes Affect Benefits?

More than 50 million Americans get a social security check every month. But some Democrats and liberal groups are upset about a proposed change in the way the cost of living adjustment is calculated. Making a switch could save more than $100 billion in 10 years.

04/09/2013

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ND Supreme Court: Sugar Workers Can Get Benefits

More than 400 American Crystal Sugars workers in North Dakota who are locked out in a contract dispute are eligible for unemployment benefits, the state Supreme Court said in a ruling issued released Tuesday.

02/26/2013

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Local Janitor/Security Union Gives Go-Ahead To Strike

The SEIU Local 26 voted unanimously on Saturday afternoon to give their negotiators the power to strike. Thousands of workers who clean and protect building across the Twin Cities are ready to walk off the job.

02/09/2013

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Wal-Mart Says Its Hiring 100,000 Returning Veterans In Next 5 Years

Starting on Veteran’s Day, an American retailer says it will hire more than 100,000 returning veterans in the next five years.

01/15/2013

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Cutting Flex Spending Accounts In Half Worries Families, Doctors

About 35 million Americans have flex spending accounts, which allow them to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for healthcare costs that aren’t covered by insurance.

11/27/2012

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Good Question: Will We Get Our Money Out Of Social Security?

The headlines are scary: “Social Security Fund: cash gone in 2033.” We continue paying into Social Security with every paycheck, but will we get our money out?

04/24/2012

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15 Accused Of Defrauding Agencies

Fifteen people are accused of bilking unemployment insurance agencies in Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota out of nearly $9 million by setting up more than 80 fictitious companies.

04/18/2012

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Woman Sentenced For Stealing Social Security Benefits

A 50-year-old Ceylon, Minn. woman has been sentenced for stealing more than $45,000 in Social Security benefits.

03/27/2012

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Retired NFL Players Still Seeking Better Benefits

The group of retired NFL players that was part of the labor talks during the lockout last year has not given up a push for better post-career care.

02/14/2012

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New Social Security Scam Hits Midwest

There’s a new scam in town and the crooks aren’t using the Internet to get to their victims.

08/25/2011

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Wis. Senate OKs Unemployment Extension — Again

Thousands of out-of-work Wisconsin residents could collect another three months of federal unemployment benefits under a bill the state Senate approved Monday.

08/02/2011

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Wis. Senate Approves Extending Unemployment Benefits

The Wisconsin state Senate has approved extending federal unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks.

07/19/2011

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Duluth City Retirees Take Insurance Case To Court

The Minnesota Supreme Court is considering whether the City of Duluth can change health insurance benefits for its retirees to match those of its current employees.

05/03/2011

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GOP Spending Cuts Would Affect Millions Of People

Low-income students may get smaller grants and the newly disabled might have to wait longer for their benefits. And just about every politician is going to get an earful from the local PTA if school aid gets whacked.

01/19/2011