Thousands of Minnesota workers get a minimum wage raise today Labor and other advocacy groups began pushing for a higher minimum wage last year, when Democrats took control of the Minnesota legislature. But it took them until this year to pass a bill because of disagreements over how much to boost the wage floor.
Forbes calls U of M a 'rising star' The magazine ranked the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 543rd in 2009 and now ranks it 108th, largely because of its production of high-quality graduates who become leaders.
Smoking keeps declining; look who's still lighting up Smoking is far more common among those living below the poverty level, those with GED-level education, and among American Indian or Alaskan Natives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates are also much higher in the lesbian, gay and transgender community.
Two friends bond with each other -- and their culture -- at camp For Nevaeh Hoffman, 12, and Gabrielle Dow, 11, learning doesn't stop in the summer months. The two friends from Redwood Falls, Minn., have spent their past few summers attending the Dakota Wicohan camp where they learn and practice aspects of their Native American culture, including riding, language and their favorite -- hoop dancing.
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