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Doctored Mashed Potatoes That Will Wow You

My mother always made real potatoes, that's what my father wanted, that's what he got.  I never tasted instant potatoes or potato buds until recently.  Wow!  They're fast, but I can't help feeling like I'm cheating the family out of real potatoes.  Then, I tried this recipe suggestion and I call it a "flavored" side dish now and it's super easy.

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5 Brain Games To Keep Kids Entertained On Road Trips

I love road trips, but my daughter is almost 23 and that makes for a much more relaxed drive.  For those of you with young children it can be stressful, but there are ways to keep them engaged that doesn't involve a movie, computer or electronic game.  In fact, some of these games can enhance their math and reading skills.

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Job Fair For Veterans And Military Spouses Held In New York City
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Duluth Air Force Veteran Nets $102,000 Following VA Mistake

An injured Duluth Air Force veteran has received compensation from the Veterans Administration after getting help from the St. Louis County Veterans Service Office.  The veteran who asked not to be identified recently received payment due to a back injury that caused permanent mobility issues.  The check totals $102,000.

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Construction Of The Security Wall In Calais Is Underway
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Railroad Work To Close Intersection Of Highways 7 And 101

The CN Railroad will be doing repair work on a railroad crossing that travels through the intersection of Highway 7 and 101 starting Monday, November 28.  In order to allow the crews the opportunity to complete the job, traffic will be impacted for a few days - according to St. Louis County officials.

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Cathy Kates
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Seriously, Not My Idea Of Getting Out Of Cooking A Thanksgiving Meal

If you want to get out of making Thanksgiving dinner, this works, but that wasn't my intent.  I was shocked when I head the crash and walked into the kitchen and everyone I talked to has said they didn't know a stove top could break like this.  Living proof, it can.  Here's my word of warning so it doesn't happen to you.

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Last Minute Shoppers Hit NYC Stores On December 24th
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Duluth Police Offer Tips To Shop Safe This Christmas Season

Thanksgiving is this week already and Black Friday occurs the day after.  With those events comes the kick off to the Christmas holiday shopping season...

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(Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images for Best Buy)
(Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images for Best Buy)
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If You Plan To Shop On Black Friday, Here’s Some Survival Tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So many people are ready for combat on Black Friday, with other people and against themselves. Maybe you're too hot, the shoes you have are killing you, or you aren't organized. All these things make for a tough day

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Cathy Kates
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Easy Holiday Tree Decorations In Minutes [VIDEO]

My daughter saw these cute little holiday tree ornaments on Facebook and asked if we could do crafts this past weekend.  I expected to dedicate my entire Sunday to crafting but these little cuties only took a couple hours to make and were super easy.  If you are in looking for craft ideas for a group setting, these would work like a charm.

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Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, and Cranberries, It’s Thanksgiving Ice Cream

Jones Soda company came out with a Turkey and Gravy Soda a few years ago. Didn't sell well and became a collectors item as people buy it, try one and sell the rest on ebay. An Arizona Company has come up with Thanksgiving Ice Cream, to me it doesn't sound much better. According to CBS5, they wanted to make something different.

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(Photo by Andrew Kelly/Getty Images)
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Save Money And Time With These Black Friday Coupons And Deals

 

Black Friday can be a great shopping day for some if you plan it right. Check the websites of the stores you plan to visit and plan your trips. Are there deals you want to take advantage of? Figure out the priority of what you want for the free or cheap stuff and hit those stores first. The other thing you can do is visit these websites.

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Facebook To Acquire Photosharing Site Instagram For One Billion Dollars
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This Weeks Must-See Instagram Posts From Duluth-Superior

Changing seasons. Our first taste of winter.  The woods.  Generations.

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KOOL 101.7’s 24/7 Commercial-Free Christmas Music Stream is Here!

The snow is finally falling and we're getting close to Christmas, which means it's time to turn up some holiday tunes to get you in the spirit...

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