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Sunday, February 17, 2013

While Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed a sales tax on clothing items over $100 as part of his 2013 budget, the North Dakota Legislature is considering a bill that would exempt clothing from the state's sales tax. (The Daily Circuit, 02/17/2013)
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are arriving in North America each spring several weeks earlier than in the past, and research indicates that higher temperatures in their winter habitat may be the reason. (02/17/2013)
Dangerous conditions led authorities to suspend the search Sunday for a snowmobiler they believe broke through the ice and was swept down a remote part of the St. Croix River. (02/17/2013)
The average price for a gallon of gasoline across the U.S. is up to $3.67 a gallon.
Rhinelander could be the next Wisconsin community to lose its paper mill.
Cupcake makers, pawnbrokers and storage container raiders have all had their moments in reality television's spotlight. Now the time may be right for marijuana growers -- and the people who chase them.
From the steam engine to visions of a national high-speed rail system, railroads have made their mark on American culture. But these new projects could conflict with the freight systems that go largely undetected for many Americans.
Two adult siblings say they suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father. For Carol Gray, the nightmare began long before the Boy Scouts learned of his proclivities and fired him. But for Jim Gray, the end of his father's scouting career was the beginning of his own torment. The story of Brandon Gray is the story of the inaction of the Boy Scouts of America.
A Guinness World Record judge on Saturday named St. Paul the home of the "the largest Lite Brite picture" ever.
The island dweller who penned a poem decades ago that could find its way into Minnesota law hasn't been shy about promoting "Minnesota Blue."
Adults who have begun working toward their GED are being urged to finish up this year, before the test for a high school equivalency diploma changes and they have to start all over.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright takes a look at the religion through a number of characters, exposing some of the inner workings of the organization.
As the prevalence of e-books, Kindles and Nooks continues to grow, is it time to rethink our need for libraries in a digital world? Some say we need libraries more than ever.
A feature in The Economist last month posed the question, "Has the ideas machine broken down?" In other words, have innovation and technology stopped driving economic growth worldwide?
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is launching an effort to warn people about a little-known source of the chemical bisphenol(BPA): paper receipts.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding mandatory invasive species training sessions around the state for lake service providers.
Workers for large employers may notice new health insurance information listed on their W2 forms this year. Under the federal health care law, W2 forms now must include the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance.
Federal legislation designed to discourage farmers from plowing up native prairie areas includes a co-sponsor from Minnesota.
The White House is circulating a draft immigration bill that would create a new visa for illegal immigrants living in the United States and allow them to become legal permanent residents within eight years, according to a report published online Saturday by USA Today.
More than 2,000 men and women in the United States have been sentenced to live and die in prison for murders committed when they were teens. Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a long-awaited ruling, wrestling with questions that have confounded the justice system for years: Should teens convicted of the most brutal crimes be punished just like adults? Or should their youth matter?

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