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Twin Ports Politics And Economics Spotlighted In New York Times Article

Sunday's New York Times featured an article about a place we know and love all too well:  Home.  The story by Monica Davey put the spotlight on the increasing chasm between Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin - especially in regards to politics and the economy.

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Photo by David Lienemann/Getty Images
Photo by David Lienemann/Getty Images
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Minnesota Sees Increase In Tourism For Summer 2013

It appears that the Summer of 2013 will continue the trend of increases to tourism in Minnesota!  A recently-released survey that was prepared by the Explore Minnesota Tourism agency confirms moderate growth during the summer months of 2013, and it appears that the State of Minnesota is finally poised to reach pre-recession levels.

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(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Nancy Pelosi’s Sequestration Concern: Her Paycheck And Her Dignity

 

It's good to see that Nancy Pelosi has her priorities straight.  The House Minority Leader has harsh words for the upcoming sequestration dilemma, because - she wants her paycheck!

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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:  Guatamnguitar via flickr
Source: Guatamnguitar via flickr
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How Much Do You Pay A Snow Shoveler?

Now that the Northland has made it through another snow event, I thought this might be a good time to pose the question:  How much do you pay a snow shoveler?

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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: 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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Source: Naked Fauxtographer via flickr
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Duluth Welcomes Last Ship Of The Season; The John G Munson To Winter In The Port of Duluth-Superior

And you thought the cold temperatures and snow meant winter;  One of the Twin Ports SURE signs that we're in the winter season arrives in town today - as the John G Munson slowly slides into the Port of Duluth-Superior - marking the last arriving ship of the season.

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Source:  muffet via flickr
Source: muffet via flickr
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Free Milk On Wednesday For Superior And Douglas County Residents In Need

Seven-hundred cases of milk are on their way to Superior, with a planned-giveaway to happen on Wednesday January 23rd - starting at 10AM.  Superior and Douglas County residents in need will be able to pick up a case or two for free, outside of the Solid Rock Mission.

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Source: masmediaspace via flickr
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Duluth Merchants Invite You To Shop Small Business Saturday

Help our Northland economy!  Get some great deals!  Take care of some of your Christmas shopping!  There are many reasons to shop Small Business Saturday  - November 24th.

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Not So Fast: Obama’s Spending Plans Will Raise Middle Class Taxes According To Watchdog Group

It may have sounded good in theory, but a non-partisan watchdog group has released their findings that Obama's pledge to not raise taxes on the middle class doesn't hold water.
A new study by Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum finds that President Barack Obama's spending plan would raise taxes on the middle class

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