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Hormel Buys Skippy Peanut Butter

Minnesota-based Hormel Foods - food parent to brands like Spam and Hormel Meats - has bought Skippy Peanut Butter from Unilever.  The deal is rumored to be $700 million for the venerable food brand.

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St. Paul Store Fined for Selling Candy Cigarettes

Some of them were made from a "white, chalky"-type of sweet sugar and others were a chocolate stick wrapped in paper.  No matter which variety they sold at candy stores near you as a kid, most children of a certain age remember encountering candy cigarettes while growing up.  Now it appears you can add them to the growing list of items from our youth that are no longer "acceptable".

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Charles Schulz’ Love Affair Goes Up For Sale In Auction

Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz once had a crush on a woman 23 years younger than him. He sent her love letters that included drawings of his beloved Peanuts characters that included her name. He even snuck her into the Peanuts strip once or twice.

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The 37th Annual Great American Smokeout Is Thursday, November 15th

If you or a loved one smoke, consider taking part in the 37th annual Great American Smokeout - Thursday, November 15th.

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Minnesota And Wisconsin Farmers Can Rest Easy After Failed California Vote On Genetically-Modified Foods Fails

It was a win for the food industry along with farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin as California voters rejected a vote to mandate labeling for food products that have been genetically modified. Part of the reason that the election went the way it did was an investment from the food industry to lobby potential voters;  Those investments included money from local companies

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Servicemen And Women Get A Free Meal For Veteran’s Day

Who says there's no such thing as a free meal?!  For the 5th year, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley are offering a free meal to veterans and active servicemen and women at the Grand Buffet on Sunday, November 11th.  The meal is being offered to honor our military for their service to our country on Veteran's Day.

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Remembrance for Paul and Sheila Wellstone on 10th Anniversary of Plane Crash to be Held in Eveleth

October 25th is the 10th anniversary of the plane crash that took the lives of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife Sheila Wellstone, their daughter Marcia Wellstone Markuson and Wellstone campaign staffers Tom Lapic, Mary McEvoy and Will McLaughlin. This fall, three remembrance events are planned to honor their lives and remember their legacy.

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The Nut Goodie, Proudly Known As A Minnesota Classic

I remember well when I was a kid, Mom would sent be to the corner store to get  bread, milk and things.things. The rule in our house was that Mom always got a big Hershey's bar (forty nine cents), and Ray always got a Nut Goodie (ten cents). If there were a few pennies left, I could get a few one cent bubble gum cards too.

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Daytime Closures On Oliver Bridge – August 13th Through August 17th

Like it does most summers, the Oliver Bridge is scheduled for some daytime closures so that routine maintenance and inspections can be carried out.   The closure will happen daily Monday August 13th through Friday August 17th - from 7:30 AM to 4 PM

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Minnesota-Based Buffalo Wild Wings Updates Their Logo And Their Atmosphere

"The only thing constant is change" - or so the old saying goes.  It looks like Buffalo Wild Wings is living that adage, as it prepares to roll out a new logo and restaurant design.
Some of the changes to the logo include a buffalo with bigger wings, narrowed eyes, and upward-turned horns

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New Invention Reduces Flies At Your Favorite Restaurant

Nothing ruins a good meal more than flies.   While there's not much that can be done about a fly-ridden picnic or outdoor barbecue, a new invention hopes to eradicate the pesky flies from your next restaurant visit.

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Bobby Vee Has Alzheimer’s

Another musician has announced that he is suffering from Alzheimer's.  Minnesota-based rock and roller Bobby Vee has gone public with the news that he has been diagnosed with the disease.
Vee was catapulted to stardom after the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP "Big Bopper" Richardson in a 1959 plane crash en route to Moorhead, Minn

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