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Photo Supplied by St. Louis Historical Society
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Free Antique Appraisal By Two Northland Experts April 17th

Bring your antique/collectible item to the St. Louis County Heritage & Arts Center (the Depot) for a free appraisal on Wednesday, April 17, 2013!  The St. Louis County Historical Society has arranged for Dan Sershon of Northland Estate Services and Denny Mager of Northern Specialty, both experts in antique appraisal, to be at your service from noon until 3 PM in the Great Hall.

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(Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for Haute Living)
(Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for Haute Living)
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Chisholm Native Phil Falcone Buys Fredericks Of Hollywood

Even though he was born and raised in Chisholm, Minnesota - a lot of folks in the Northland might not recognize the name Phil Falcone;  But on Wall Street and in New York, he's made quite a name for himself.  As one of the nation's most-powerful investment bankers, Falcone is the founder of Harbinger Capitol and LightSquared - the company that got involved in Obama's solar-subsidies.  He also owns 40% of the Minnesota Wild hockey team.  As far as personal finances go, Falcone is ranked as the U.S.'s 188th richest person - with a personal net worth of $2.2 billion.

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Larry Goodwin supplied
Larry Goodwin supplied
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91st Annual Meeting at St. Louis Historical Society Has Speaker Larry Goodwin CSS

St. Louis County Historical Society invites you to help celebrate its 91st Annual Meeting of the Membership, with featured speaker Larry Goodwin, President of the College of St. Scholastica.

Goodwin will present “For the Love of Learning”, an overview of the growth and changes in the college over the past hundred years, including the impact of technology on higher education, and how the history of the college connects with Duluth and St

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(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Jared and Subway Are Both Winners After Fifteen Years [VIDEO]

Most of us have battled the bulge at one time or another in our lives,and for some it's a never ending battle. We've all read and heard the alarming facts on obesity, most of which are sad. This story of Jared however is a happy one, and great motivation for the rest of us who are fighting the fight.

Jared Fogle was so fat that he couldn't fit through doorways. He couldn't squeeze into car seats. And he chose college classes by testing classroom seats to see if could maneuver his 425-pound frame into them.

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(Photo by Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)
(Photo by Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)
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Why No One Likes Debt Collectors

I qave a couple of good friends who happen to be debt collectors., and thier genuinally nice people. Unfortunately, there are some that aren't so so nice, and they ruin the reputation for everyone else.

People go into debt. The businesses that own that debt want their money.so they hire debt collectors. CNN Money  recently published a few debt-collection horror stories. Here are some examples that highlight why the debt collection industry has a bad name:

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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How To Reduce The Impact Of The Social Security Tax Increase

At the end of 2012, President Obama increased the Social Security Tax by 2% - meaning that your take-home paychecks in 2013 are less than they once were.  The move happened without much fanfare, but many Americans have been wondering what they can do to counter the loss of income.

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Source:  HankJames215 via flickr
Source: HankJames215 via flickr
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Makers Mark Whiskey Cuts Alcohol Amount To Stretch Supplies

Makers Mark Whiskey has grown to become a popular choice among whiskey drinkers. Known by it's distinctive red wax sealed-bottle, the whiskey has taken it's place among the top-shelf varieties.   Apparently, sales of the American-made liquor have outgrown supplies - so the maker of Makers Mark is reducing the alcohol content of the bottles it sells to stretch supplies

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Source:  Official White House Pool 2012
Source: Official White House Pool 2012
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What Will Obamacare Cost? IRS Estimates $20,000 Minimum A Year For Average Family

(Photo by Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)With the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act - or Obamacare - everyone will be mandated to buy health insurance or pay a tax to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Source:  McDonalds Corp - website - press kit
Source: McDonalds Corp - website - press kit
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Fish McBites Join Chicken Nuggets On McDonalds Menu For Lent

Just in time for Lent, McDonalds is adding a new option to their menu!  Fish McBites join Chicken Nuggets on the Happy Meal menu - tailored towards kids and adults who are looking for fish options during the lead-up to Easter.

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Source: KH1234567890 via flickr
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Tomato Prices Won’t Go Up; Tomato Lovers Can Rejoice As US-Mexico Trade Agreement Will Remain

It looks like tomato prices won't be rising!  Leaders from the United States and Mexico have reached an agreement to continue their 16 year-old trade policies.

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(Photo Rayman)
(Photo Rayman)
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Rayman Gets A Check For One Cent

Several months ago I received a letter from an account saying due to an accounting error, I had a credit of 0.01 cent. At first I figured it was some sort of scheme, or a joke, but after four more letters saying the same thing, I kept on asking myself "What am I supposed to do about it"? It's only a penny, I can't buy anything for a penny, so why not credit it to my account?

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Source:  Statelyenglishmanor via flickr
Source: Statelyenglishmanor via flickr
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Tomato Prices Could Double; Trade Agreement With Mexico In Question

It seems we live in interesting times.  Or, maybe we should say expensive times.  First it was gas.  Then it was our paychecks.  Next was the price of milk.  Now, it appears that the prices we pay for tomatoes might be getting ready to double - if a trade agreement that the United States has with Mexico falls through.

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