Five things to know about MNsure open enrollment

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With the 2016 open enrollment period beginning Nov. 1, MNsure is reminding Minnesotans about five things they should keep in mind when shopping and comparing health-insurance-coverage options for themselves or their family. MNsure can save you money Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Commerce released 2016 individual health-insurance-market premiums. These premiums are increasing between 14-49 percent on average. With

Colleges need to sync-up student skills with modern demands

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by John Hyde and Amy Bravo Many of today’s college students are stunningly ill-prepared for the professional world. What’s worse, they don’t even realize it. A new survey from the Association of American Colleges and Universities finds that about 70 percent of college students think they possess the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the workplace. But less than

Enjoy a safe Halloween with fire safety tips

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With Halloween just around the corner, children will soon be out in costume trekking through festive displays in search of candy. However, more than ghosts could be lurking amongst the mid-fall fun, as Halloween costumes and decorations present a number of hidden fire hazards. Fortunately, by following some simple safety precautions from the National Fire Protection Association, you can ensure a

Halloween tips for consumers

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If you’re looking to pick up a fun Halloween costume or spooky decorations this year, you’re not alone. The National Retail Federation expects consumers will spend nearly $7 billion on Halloween costumes, decorations and treats this near. It’s a fun holiday, one many people love, and retailers pull out all the stops to cater to that crowd. If you’re in the

Children are waiting for you, for families to adopt them

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  A young man on the verge of adulthood who is enthusiastic about sports and music but struggles with authority. A teenage single mom who lovingly cares for her newborn child. A kind, patient, young boy with disabilities who doesn’t know who to trust. A confused teenager who was in and out of treatment and wants to maintain regular contact

Don’t let Halloween be a scary time for pets

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Halloween is a fun and festive night for families, but it can be downright dangerous for pets. Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are offering tips to keep your furry friends safe during this spooky time of year. During the week of Halloween, the Pet Poison Helpline reports a 12 percent increase in calls, making it the call center’s busiest time of year. In

HealthPartners to give away free veggies Aug. 13

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It’s a free veggie giveaway, at HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinic from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (while supplies last), Thursday, Aug. 13 at 2251 Connecticut Ave S in Sartell. The event, which is open to all community members, is part of HealthPartners commitment to healthier communities that includes its yumPower initiative. yumPower was introduced in 2011 to partner with communities to make it

Jury finds guilt; judge gives sentence

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by Judge Sarah Hennesy Mille Lacs County District Court I always talk to jurors after they render their verdict in a case. In criminal cases, jurors often have questions about sentencing: Who will sentence the defendant? What kind of sentence will he or she get? While there are a few states that allow for jury sentencing, in Minnesota, as in