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Thu
28
Mar

The Fairbanks Almanac vol. 3: A man named Francis, banned books and Old Hickory

Put down that snow shovel (for now, at least), grab a hot beverage and relax with the latest edition of the Fairbanks Almanac. When you’re done you can crack open your dusty volume of Francis Bacon essays.

Thu
28
Mar

Inventory now — ahead of the storm

The first day of spring signals entry into severe weather season – floods, thunderstorms, and tornadoes.  Minnesotans understand the volatility of weather, seeing record number of tornadoes in 2011 and an increased tornado season in 2012, beginning in March and ending in November. Consumers who have experienced the devastation of a natural disaster, forcing families and businesses to clean up and file insurance claims, understand the financial peace-of-mind insurance may provide.  Troubling evidence suggests that more than half of all consumers do not have a home inventory of their possessions, putting them at risk for inadequate home insurance coverage.

Wed
20
Mar

Online short-term loans may get you in deeper

“Payday” lending and short-term consumer loans have nearly doubled in the past five years, reaching a high of 350,000 in 2011.
Minnesotans may turn to payday-lending companies to make ends meet during difficult economic times, but the Department of Commerce urges consumers to beware if committing to a payday loan online.

Mon
18
Mar

Study shows 1 in 5 people may have credit-report errors

One out of five people have errors on their credit report, according to a study released Feb. 11 by the Federal Trade Commission.
Even worse, for five percent of people, the errors were serious enough to change their credit risk classification, making it more expensive to borrow money.

Mon
18
Mar

The Fairbanks Almanac vol. 2

Well it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wo .... sorry about that, I momentarily forgot who I was writing for.
In this latest edition of the Fairbanks Almanac we’ll touch on a fairly one-sided land deal, heavy things falling from the sky, confusing clocks, American cinema and more presidential factoids.

Thu
14
Mar

Protecting kids is critical to education

In 2012, Gov. Dayton formed a task force on the prevention of school bullying. Bullying was a problem before 2011, but the Governor’s task force shined a light toward an ongoing problem.

Thu
14
Mar

Time to end ‘perpetual deficits’

When the 2013-2014 legislative session began in early January, Minnesota faced a projected $1.1 billion budget deficit over the next two years and owed our schools an additional $1.1 billion in funding shifts used to balance previous budgets.

Tue
12
Mar

Phishing scams – don’t take the bait!

The Minnesota Department of Commerce’s name is currently being misappropriated in a phishing scheme related to the Unclaimed Property Program.  The emails reported to the Commerce Department use the subject line “Heritage”, and are written in Slovenian urging relatives of “Andrew Novak” or other unknown relatives to claim their inheritance.

Wed
06
Mar

My Birthday, OMG!

Never in my tenure on this planet have so many been looking forward to my birthday.

Tue
05
Mar

The Fairbanks Almanac vol. 1

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single enlightened

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