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Tom Vilsack United States Secretary of Agriculture America’s farmers and ranchers work hard every day to put healthy food on our tables. Thanks to their incredible productivity, we have the capacity to produce enough food not only for every American family, but for much of the world. In a nation with such an abundance of food [...]

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Tim Penny SMIF President/CEO Here at Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), during the past year, we highlighted our work in entrepreneur development. It was an exciting year of partnerships, growth and progress as we watched our dollars at work in the lives of business owners across our region. In 2014, we will spend the year [...]

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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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