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How you can protect Minnesota dogs from traps this hunting season

Hunting season is upon us, which means Minnesotan hunters everywhere are donning their traditional fall colors: blaze orange and camo. Part of what people love about hunting is the chance to watch their dogs at work doing what they love most, and although pups can be handy friends when hunting, the sad truth is that running around in the wilderness can be dangerous and sometimes even fatal for our dogs. So while we don’t propose that dogs be denied the chance to hunt, we do think there’s more to be done to keep our dogs safe. And Dog Lovers 4 Safe Trapping MN has the perfect solution.

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Vote absentee, then track status of your ballot online

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Voters still have time to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 4 elections and can track the status of their ballot online, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reports.

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Key questions: Choosing your family's health insurance

The package of information came in the mail. It covered just one part of the Medicare plan choices: the Part D prescription drug coverage. It weighed two pounds. Health insurance decisions are weighty questions! Every year, you need to make those decisions. If you do nothing at all, you are choosing to continue with last year’s insurance, even if the premium or coverage has changed. What do you need to know to make a good decision?

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Urban animals, part 2: Minneapolis care and control initiatives

Many children look forward to the presents they’ll receive for their birthday. Ten-year-old Ainsleigh Jensen believes so much in the importance of Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC) that she requested donations for the organization in place of receiving presents for herself.

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If you can't afford health insurance … three ways to get help

Health insurance costs a lot — family coverage costs more than $1300 per month. Most people can’t afford that. In other countries, the government provides health insurance. Not here. So what can you do to get help paying for health insurance?

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Some non-partisan notes on 2014 votes

Have you ever found yourself alone and clueless in the voting booth, suddenly aware that there are whole columns of unknown candidates vying for positions you never knew existed? There’s an app for that!

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What does health insurance cover?

Last year, I paid $30 for my flu shot. This year, I’ll pay nothing, as long as I go to my own clinic or one of dozens of others approved by my health insurance company. That’s one of the changes made by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requires insurance policies to cover ten basic areas:

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What you need to know about health insurance bills, networks and tiers

I couldn’t believe the bill — $447 for a single office visit. Even worse, the bill said my share was $168. I thought my deductible was $75, so that seemed like too much. As I always do when faced with puzzling bills, I called the insurance company.

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Sudden closing of Community Action of Minneapolis shifts energy assistance responsibility

Minneapolis residents who received energy assistance from the nonprofit Community Action of Minneapolis were told this week that they will now be receiving their services through Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin.

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New website makes voting easier than ever

MNVotes, the new website launched by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, makes it easier than ever to vote in the Nov. 4 elections. Minnesotans can register online, request absentee ballots, find their polling places and more.

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