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Source:  Media Library at ConAgra's Company Website
Source: Media Library at ConAgra's Company Website
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RyKrisp Crackers Are Going Away; Minnesota-Made Cracker To Disappear From Shelves In March

Sad news for RyKrisp cracker fans:  ConAgra has announced plans to curtail production of the popular Minnesota-made cracker starting in March.

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Christy Seely;
Christy Seely;
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Saint Louis County To Update Zoning Ordinances; Provide Input At A Series Of Public Meetings

The current set of zoning ordinances for St Louis County haven't been updated since 1993.  Those regulations govern how land can be used within the confines of the largest county in the State of Minnesota.

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Dmitry Kalinovsky;
Dmitry Kalinovsky;
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What Do People In Minnesota And Wisconsin Like To Eat? New Survey Discloses The Most-Popular “American Cuisine” State-By-State

The term American Food or American Cuisine gets tossed around by people all of the time.  But what does it really mean?

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Alexander Bedrin;
Alexander Bedrin;
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Minnesota Traffic Deaths Down In 2014; Downward Trend Continues 18 Year Trend

Minnesota drivers should be proud!  In 2014, they were the safest they've been since World War II. While any traffic fatality is one too many, the numbers from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety show that we're getting safer on our roadways.

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John DeFeo;
John DeFeo;
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What Should I Eat To Survive A Cold Northland Winter?

You can only bundle up so much.  You can only turn the thermostat up so high.  Sooner or later, you need to think about other ways to help "survive" a Northland winter.

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What Has The Cold Weather Been Good For? Minnesota Department Of Transportation Increases Winter Load Capacities

The recent cold snap has been good for one thing:  Increased load capacities for unrestricted highways in some parts of the state.   Those increased capacities work well for truck drivers, loggers, and others who depend on the cold and frozen ground to handle their extra loads.

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Source:  senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
Source: senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
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DFL And GOP Colleagues Suggest Conflict Of Interest In DFL State Senator David Tomassoni’s Dual Lobbyist-Legislator Role [Update]

An update to a story we shared yesterday:  It appears that both DFL and GOP colleagues of Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL) are suggesting that his new lobbying position might be a conflict of interest with his role as a legislator.

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Dmitriy Shironosov;
Dmitriy Shironosov;
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Minnesota Dental Foundation Provides Free Dental Care For Kids – February 6 And 7

Area children with a financial need will receive free dental care once again this year, courtesy of the Minnesota Dental Foundation.  The annual program called Give Kids A Smile will be held on February 6 and 7 in 2015.

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Source:  senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
Source: senate.leg.state.mn.us Resource Page
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DFL State Senator Dave Tomassoni Takes A Lobbying Position While Still In Office; Unprecedented Dual Role Comes Under Fire

Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL) has made the unusual and unprecedented move of assuming the Executive Director position at the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools (RAMS) - a lobbying group - while still a sitting lawmaker.

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Alex Wong;
Alex Wong;
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What Are The Coldest Cities In America? Duluth’s Ranking May Surprise You

It seems like every year or so someone puts together a listing of what the "coldest cities in America" are.  A new list from Huffington Post was just released a day or so ago - ranking the Top 50.

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Can I Recycle Cartons? Saint Louis County Encourages Food And Beverage Carton Recycling

It seems like we recycle more things every year.  I remember when recycling first came to the forefront in  the early to mid-1990's:  the focus was on paper, glass, plastic, and tin.  Then - as time went on - we were encouraged to expand our recycling ways by adding Styrofoam and so-called "higher-number plastics".

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Andrew Burton;
Andrew Burton;
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Sandpiper Pipeline Inches Forward With Public Meetings Scheduled This Week

The 616-mile Sandpiper oil pipeline moves one step closer to reality as the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission receives public comment about the project at a series of public meetings scheduled throughout this week.  Residents in all parts of the state will have an opportunity to comment as there are meetings scheduled throughout the state.

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