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August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
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EJ Dionne: Clinton moves the election in her direction
Patricia Carter Harding letter: Arm yourselves for safety
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
April 25, 2016
Low farm prices worry the Upper Midwest
LISMORE — About 30 years ago in the midst of one of the worst farming downturns in the Midwest since the Great Depression, Gene Metz of Lismore...
April 25, 2016 - 11:49pm
March 31, 2016
Farm income hit 20-year low in 2015
WILLMAR — Minnesota farm income dropped to a 20-year low in 2015 and the outlook isn’t better for this year. According to a report released Thursday, income decreased for nearly every major crop and livestock commodity last year and the overall median net income for Minnesota...
March 31, 2016 - 11:46pm
September 18, 2015
Blacks in Minnesota see drastic income drop
ST. PAUL — Minnesota hasn’t done enough to help African-Americans get good jobs and climb out of poverty, Gov. Mark Dayton and other leaders said Thursday. The call for more action was prompted by a withering U.S. Census Bureau report showing the typical household income for...
September 18, 2015 - 9:00am
March 24, 2015
Minn. House passes minimum wage curbs
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota House passed a bill Monday night that would allow employers to pay a lower wage to workers who make more than $4 per hour in tips.
March 24, 2015 - 11:10am
May 29, 2013
Mothers now top earners in 4 in 10 U.S. households
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's working mothers are now the primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of households with children - a milestone in the changing face of modern families, up from just 11 percent in 1960.
May 29, 2013 - 7:30am
U.S. consumers boost spending 0.2 percent last month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans spent more last month and their income grew, the latest indication that tax increases have yet to hold back the consumer. By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans spent more last month and their income...
April 29, 2013 - 8:19am
January 18, 2013
Federal Reserve: Farm income may drop in 2013
OMAHA - The Federal Reserve predicts U.S. farm income could decline in 2013, but it depends upon how long the drought continues. Roughly two-thirds of the nation has been in a severe drought since last summer. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Mo., said Thursday that if it...
January 18, 2013 - 9:06am
September 8, 2012
Make the wise choice to avoid lifestyle inflation
When my wife and I first got married, we lived on a meager income. We lived in a run-down two-bedroom apartment and ate Hamburger Helper more than I'd care to admit. We managed to get by and live a happy life, even though we didn't have cable, rarely ate out and shared a cell phone. But...
September 8, 2012 - 12:00am
February 3, 2012
Letter: Investments and taxes
Investment income is taxed at a lower rate because the government wants people to invest their savings (yes, this money has already been taxed at least once) in businesses of all sorts. Since the failure rate of businesses is fairly high, any investor might lose all his money at any...
February 3, 2012 - 12:00am
May 4, 2010
Westwinds work progressing
May 4, 2010 - 12:00am
January 28, 2010
GAMC lives to fight another month
ST. PAUL -- Low-income Minnesotans who depend on a state program for health care won a one-month extension. General Assistance Medical Care will remain in operation a month longer than expected, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Human Services Commissioner Cal Ludeman announced Wednesday. The...
January 28, 2010 - 12:00am
February 14, 2009
Business will grow if Minn. cuts corporate income taxes, panel declares
February 14, 2009 - 12:00am