The founding fathers would embrace energy independence

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by William L. Schachte Jr. The United States is closer than ever to fulfilling the vision of our Founding Fathers. By achieving energy independence, we can achieve freedom from foreign influence. Yet on the basis of alarmist claims, the Obama Administration is balking on two key elements of this new energy security: hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – and offshore

American students need room to grow

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by Dick Resch American students need to hit the books. According to the latest international data, the United States ranks 24th among 34 developed countries in math and science achievement – well below countries like Slovenia, Vietnam and the Czech Republic. Our dismal academic performance has real consequences for our economy. If U.S. students were to match the test scores

A dependable snow blower can take the bite out of winter

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With the first winter storm of the season just days ago, now might be the right time to purchase a snow blower.  To make sure you choose the unit that best meets your needs, your local snow blower dealer offers these helpful tips. 1. Selecting the right size snow blower What is your area’s average annual snowfall?  Select a snow

10 tips for using credit wisely

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Using credit responsibly is an integral part of personal financial health. Not only is credit a key factor in securing loans for a home, vehicle or other major purchases, potential employers may review an applicant’s credit as part of the interview process, and landlords often look at credit before approving new renters. “Improving and maintaining a positive credit history is

Tri-County Crime Stoppers offer holiday safety tips

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It’s that time of year again when we begin to buy all our holiday gifts. Unfortunately, while we are doing our shopping, criminals may be doing some of their own by stealing packages that are delivered to your door or left in unlocked cars. This time of year also brings about higher potential for robberies and, with the growth of

Beloved hunting dog impaled on steel fence post is on the mend

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A 3-year-old German wirehaired pointer is recovering at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital after a steel fence post pierced his chest while he was retrieving a pheasant. The accident occurred during a hunting trip near Miller, S.D., after Tim Ramler shot a pheasant with his 12-gauge shotgun. Blitz, his hunting dog, went bolting toward the bird. But just 20 yards into

Making holidays bright . . . and affordable

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Already dreading what you’ll spend this holiday season? It doesn’t have to be that way. Gifts aren’t the only budget-busting culprit during the holidays. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are also a peak time for spending on groceries, travel, events, entertainment, energy, clothes and meals out. Financial advisors recommend you use no more than 1.5 percent of your

School district weather-related closings, delays and dismissals

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The three major St. Cloud metro area school districts will work with one another again this winter on weather-related emergencies. In a renewed effort to gather accurate weather information, the school districts will continue to rely on the expertise of the National Weather Service and St. Cloud State University meteorologists for weather forecasts, and both city and county officials for