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Internet Safety Expert Offers Tips To Stay Safe While On The Web

Protecting yourself while online is importan, and it’s relatively easy to do, according to Daniel Sieberg with Google. Sieberg said the most common mistake people make is using the same password for all your accounts.

02/10/2015

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New Online Tool Helps Select Perfect State Park

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a new online tool to help visitors select a state park that’s the perfect fit.

06/06/2014

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Judge Halts Minnesota Online Voter Signup System

Minnesota’s new online voter registration system must be shut down because it was improperly established, a judge ordered Monday. But the Legislature could quickly turn it back on. Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann said in his ruling that Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie was wrong to set it up without legislative permission. He ruled that Ritchie must close the system down by midnight Tuesday. Any registrations previously made through the site will be valid.

04/28/2014

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Minn. Lawmakers Not Happy With MN Lottery Online Expansion

If you play the Minnesota Lottery online, listen up: the Legislature may be preparing to shut down the game. A bill to end online gambling got the OK from the Minnesota House Commerce Committee Thursday.

04/24/2014

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Stopping Minn. e-Lotto Tickets Wouldn’t Come Cheap

Minnesota lawmakers are being told they’ll have to come up with millions of dollars if they want to shut down the sales of e-lottery tickets. The potential $8 million cost is attributable to lost sales and vendor contracts that would be breached if the Legislature prohibits the lottery from continuing with online games.

04/22/2014

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‘Heartbleed’ Bug: The Internet Breach That Might Affect You

You may want to change all your online passwords in the coming days. A large-scale lapse in Internet security has been uncovered, revealing that millions of accounts may be vulnerable. The security breach has been dubbed “Heartbleed,” and it potentially affects credit card numbers, email services and other sensitive information.

04/09/2014

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Mpls. Man Charged In Nat’l Online Child Porn Ring

A Minneapolis man is among those busted in what is being called one of the largest child pornography busts in history. The Department of Homeland Security has been watching an underground ring and its members over the past year. They say a dozen of the victims are from Minnesota.

03/19/2014

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2-14-14 Girls Hockey Mystery On The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

Ray Detlof of the High School Girls Hockey Coaches Association talks with Dave.

02/14/2014

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MNsure Signups Nearly Triple In Second 2 Weeks

Almost 11,000 people have signed up for insurance through Minnesota’s online exchange in its first month of operation.

11/06/2013

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10-25-13 David Hann On The Morning News With Dave Lee

The Eden Prarie Republican met with Mark Ritchie yesterday.

10/25/2013

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How the internet is ruining your life

Research says the more time you spend online, the worse your life may be

10/22/2013

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Minn. Health Exchange Opens, A Few Hours Late

Officials with Minnesota’s state-run health insurance exchange still haven’t announced a time for its launch. MNsure officials said late Monday afternoon that they had pushed the debut back to sometime Tuesday afternoon. But by early afternoon they still had not set a time for the online marketplace to go live and had not said why.

10/01/2013

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MNsure Won’t Be Ready To Go Tuesday Morning

Consumers won’t be able to use Minnesota’s new online marketplace for health insurance as planned Tuesday morning and will have to wait until sometime in the afternoon, the head of the state-run exchange said Monday. April Todd-Malmlov, executive director of MNsure, said officials want to make sure the system connects properly with federal computer systems and that it’s secure before it goes live for consumers. MNsure officials had been saying for months they expected consumers could start signing up at the start of the business day Tuesday. She said they weren’t sure what time in the afternoon the system would be ready. Enrollment begins Tuesday nationwide for coverage under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Roughly 300,000 uninsured Minnesotans are expected to buy insurance via the portal. The delay is one of several glitches in MNsure’s rollout that Todd-Malmlov spoke about late Monday afternoon.

09/30/2013

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Minn. Now Permits Online Voter Registration

Minnesota can now register to vote from their computers or other remote devices, giving them an alternative to filling out a paper form. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s office announced the launch of the online voter registration system on Thursday.

09/26/2013

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Quick Tips On Navigating MNsure

Minnesota is days away from launching its new health insurance program as Minnesotans will pay the lowest average monthly premiums in the country. That’s according to new numbers from the Obama administration made public on Wednesday.

09/25/2013

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Parents Take To The Internet To Find Best Sitter Rates

All parents have asked themselves the big question — is it worth paying a babysitter for a night out? Babysitting is big business. In fact, in the last 30 years, the Labor Department says sitter rates have risen nine times faster than inflation.

09/25/2013

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Paul Bunyan Pitching In On MNsure Push

The leaders of MNsure unveiled a new marketing campaign featuring two Minnesota icons that will run for the next month. The campaign features folk hero Paul Bunyan and his faithful companion Babe in a series of unfortunate mishaps along with a twist on familiar slogan, “Minnesota: Land of 10,000 reasons to get health insurance.”

08/18/2013

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Edina Man Arrested In Wis. Attempted Abduction

A 32-year-old Edina man is in custody after he allegedly held a 19-year-old woman he met online against her will near Eau Claire, Wis.

07/23/2013

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Buying Prescription Glasses Online: Worth The Savings?

On average, a person will pay about $200 for a pair of prescription glasses. Add on a designer name and fancy frames and you’ll pay much more. But, some glasses are selling online for as little as $7. WCCO wondered how they measure up.

07/08/2013

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Talking Points: Expanding Background Checks For Gun Sales

The U.S. Senate will be taking up a gun control bill that calls for expanding background checks to online and gun show sales.

04/14/2013

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Feds: Man Blackmailed Teens Into Online Sex

A northwest Indiana man blackmailed a 15-year-old New York girl into performing sex acts for him during a video chat by telling her another man had hacked into her iPad and taken video of her dressing in her room, federal court records say.

04/06/2013

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Elk River Teen Missing For 2 Weeks Found Safe

The missing Elk River teenage girl who hadn’t been seen since Feb. 11 has been found safe, authorities say.

02/28/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Seduction Via The Web

The real lesson of Minneapolis police officer Bradley Schnickel’s arrest on six felony counts of luring and having sexual encounters with young girls is that social networking makes this predatory behavior so much easier than it used to be.

02/09/2013

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400 Bar To Close; Auctioning Memorabilia Online

For 17 years, the 400 bar was a spot for up and coming and popular Twin Cities bands. Now, the owners of the Minneapolis club decided to close.

01/03/2013

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Ex-Nurse Wants Aiding-Suicide Conviction Reversed

An attorney for a former Minnesota nurse convicted of going online and encouraging two people to kill themselves says his client was merely supporting his alleged victims and had no influence on their actions.

12/19/2012

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