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Don Heinzman ECM Editorial Contributor Suburban voters hold the key on what party will control the governorship and the Legislature in 2014. The Republican Party has an uphill climb among suburban voters because, by and large, suburban interests, namely the education package, have been positively received. The cornerstone of most communities is the private and [...]

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Rhonda Whitenack & Jim Czechowicz Social Security in Bloomington, St. Paul Wise taxpayers may want to take advantage of winter months indoors to prepare for tax filing season this spring. Whether you are a small business owner, a retiree or a new parent, here are some Social Security tax tips that may help you. Are [...]

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Rhonda Whitenack & Jim Czechowicz Social Security in Bloomington, St. Paul Many people ring in the new year with champagne. People who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) get to ring it in with a COLA. This year, more than 60 million Americans are receiving a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment (COLA) [...]

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Tom Vilsack United States Secretary of Agriculture Over the course of 2013 we’ve seen yet another banner year for U.S. agricultural exports. Exports of U.S. farm and ranch products reached a record $140.9 billion in 2013 and supported about a million U.S. jobs. In fact, compared to the previous five-year period from 2004-2008, U.S. agricultural [...]

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Justin Zmyewski Houston County Board Commissioner Policy makers need to understand the economic and financial consequences of their decisions. A progressive board of policy makers is receptive to new concepts and techniques. This would be a board who wants to key into the “big picture.” My hope is, and has been, for the county board [...]

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