ST. PAUL - Governor Mark Dayton said tax changes he proposed Tuesday would not cost middle-class Minnesotans more money. Dayton said his state budget and tax reform plan is a starting point for conversation as the Minnesota Legislature works to set a two-year budget by May 20. While he highlighted key proposals, questions remain. Dayton's plan, which would bring in $2 billion in new revenue over two years, would reduce the sales tax rate from 6.875 percent to 5.5 percent in a year but expand what is taxed to include most services, such as haircuts and auto repairs.
Now that the busyness of the holidays is behind us and the New Year is under way, it's time to start planning for this year's garden. Before selecting seeds, perennials and annuals to include in your ornamental or vegetable bed, why not assess the state of your garden tools and decide on a few new ones to add to your repertoire. Following is a list of tools I can't live without. Shovels: Pointy shovels, flat shovels, long narrow shovels, garden trowels of all sizes and shapes. Make sure the handle length is good for you and that the grip fits your hand.
A heart attack can seize its victim and leave him or her dead within minutes. In fact, 40 percent of women do not survive their first heart attack, and heart disease kills more than all forms of cancer combined. This is why it is important for women to recognize the symptoms of heart attacks and learn ways to prevent heart disease. It is typically believed women and men display the same warning signs of an imminent heart attack. This is false. The presumed most significant warning sign of an impending heart attack is chest pain.
This time of year, more than any other, our thoughts turn to gift giving and gift receiving. We consider what we will give to whom, and wonder what we would like to receive. It's a curious thing, this emphasis on the urge to give gifts, driven by advertising and retailers. Why just this time of year? Is it a response to what the Wise Men did as gift giving about 2,000 years ago? Do we even consider them as the standard bearer of gift giving?
The following is a collection of stories and other items that were included in Alexandria newspapers over the years. 100 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 1912 Alexandria street lighting has been extended in the back of the stores for two blocks from Gregerson's to Cowing Robards... Carnegie Corporation of New York will give a $25,000 grant to all future ex-presidents to assist them with expenses involved as they share their knowledge gained from holding public office. A similar amount will be paid to widows as long as they do not re-marry...
Elden's Fresh Foods is giving back to the community by sponsoring the location for Cooking Matters in Minnesota. Cooking Matters in Minnesota is a hands-on, cooking-based nutrition education program that teaches low income families how to prepare healthy and tasty meals and snacks on a limited budget. The nationwide program connects local volunteer culinary instructors and nutrition educators with community partners to teach low-income adults, teens and kids about eating healthy. Cooking Matters has been expanding in rural areas and has reached out to the Head Start Association.
The word "Afghanistan" is very three-dimensional. Beneath its 11 letters lie years of turmoil and timeworn feuds littered with interspersed prosperity. Surrounding its 11 letters lie misconceptions and prejudices. On top of its 11 letters sits the Karzai administration, precariously. And within its 11 letters lies Tyler Tischer's story. Alexandria resident Tyler Tischer spent his first five years after graduating from Jefferson High School in the Marine Corps. These five years brought Tischer to a total of 13 different countries ranging from Spain to Israel to Afghanistan.