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Ballot Plan For Minimum Wage Battered Yet Advances

Despite a collection of traditional adversaries aligning in opposition Friday, Democratic senators advanced a proposed ballot measure to let voters resolve a legislative deadlock over the minimum wage. A Senate jobs panel endorsed a constitutional amendment on a party-line vote over the objections of business, labor, faith and other advocacy groups. The measure would let voters decide if increases in the minimum wage should be automatically tied to inflation starting in 2017.

03/28/2014

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98-Year-Old Woman Recounts Experience As ‘Orphan Train’ Rider

It seems unimaginable now, but adoption for some families used to be as easy as showing up at the train depot. Word would go out when kids were coming from the East Coast. They were largely children of immigrant families who’d found poverty rather than promise in their voyage to the New World. Renee Wendinger of Sleepy Eye interviewed some Orphan Train riders for her book. Few of them are still living. “They were found in doorways and other out-of-the-way places, hungry and starving,” Wendinger said.

09/23/2013

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Fast Food Workers Try To Super-Size Their Wages

Heading into the Labor Day weekend, a growing labor movement is gaining traction across the United States. It’s a union-backed effort known as “Fight for 15” and it involves fast food employees who believe they should make $15 an hour.

08/29/2013

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Minn. Primed To Put Firms On Hook During Lockouts

Minnesota lawmakers are primed to adopt legislation giving idled workers longer-lasting jobless benefits when locked out by their companies in labor fights.

05/15/2013

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Minnesota Orchestra Season Officially Canceled

It’s official. The rest of the Minnesota Orchestra season has been canceled. But the musicians could still play again this year.

05/08/2013

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Good Question: Can You Be Fired For Off-The-Job Comments?

Whatever the real reason the Vikings had for cutting punter Chris Kluwe, every employee and employer struggles with the line between at-work conduct and off-hour behavior. Can you be fired for what you say outside of work?

05/06/2013

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Opinion: Michigan’s Brain Dead GOP

The curse of brain dead Republicans is not limited to Washington, DC. It turns out that GOP leaders in state capitols have also been unable to digest the results of November’s elections.

12/12/2012

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Opinion: Americans Failed Walmart Workers

After all the hype regarding Walmart employees’ discontent with their employer and the threat of a strike on Black Friday, the long holiday weekend was saw banner sales and virtually no protest at Walmarts.

11/26/2012

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Opinion: Jobless Numbers And The Newest Right Wing Conspiracy Theory

There is a new breed of truthers on the right. Joining the paranoid ranks of the advocates of a government role in 9-11 and the birthers fascination with President Obama’s birth certificate are conservatives that believe the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is making up jobs numbers to benefit President Obama.

11/16/2012

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Opinion: A Few Brave Newspapers Endorse Romney Fighting Tide Of Liberal Press

The newspapers that are not endorsing President Barack Obama are extremely brave. They are to be positively recognized for their courage to stand up against the onslaught of the liberal media which refuses to speak in the best interest of the country as the presidential election nears.

11/02/2012

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Opinion: Obama Says He Is Bored With Debate Prep, Really He’s Afraid To Defend His Failed Record

Preparing for this debate has got to be the most depressing thing Obama has ever done. He must be staring at facts and figures that he can hardly believe – and then realize he has to defend them come Wednesday night – with his biggest critic, Mitt Romney – and the nation – staring at him. It’s going to be terrible for Obama.

10/02/2012

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Opinion: Unlike Obama, Romney Has A Plan To Save Social Security

Unlike Obama, Mitt Romney has been talking about his plan to save Social Security on the campaign trail in the recent past. Though it is getting little to no coverage in the national press, it should be getting the positive “buzz” it deserves.

10/01/2012

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Opinion: The NFL Is Ruining Its Own Brand With Cheap Replacement Refs

Want to know what a company looks like when it fires all its experienced workers and hires on cheap replacements? Watch last night’s embarrassment of a game between Green Bay and Seattle. But this is about more than just a game. This is about a trend in our national economy where trained professionals are cast aside for inferior workers.

09/25/2012

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Opinion: Democratic Party’s Lies And Spins

The blatant lies and the desperate spins generated from the “left” have been absolutely frightening. What’s extremely sad for them is that they don’t have a prayer of keeping the White House without creating lies and spinning obvious negatives into self-reported positives.

08/06/2012

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Opinion: Obama’s Latest Class Warfare Speech

Obama’s latest speech on tax cuts for the middle class is just a retread of his tired class warfare rhetoric and strategy.

07/10/2012

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