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PHOTO: The number of payday loans in Minnesota has more than doubled over the past five years, with the average borrower taking out 10 loans. Photo credit: Teresa Boardman/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are expected to take up legislation today to reform the rules around payday lending in the state. Supporters say the proposal would help protect consumers from over-the-top interest rates and fees, which can leave them in a spiral of debt. It's somethi...Read More

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PHOTO: Sharlene Geraghty of Hastings was honored by AARP with the 2013 Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service. Nominations for the 2014 award now are being accepted. Photo courtesy AARP Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The search is on to find and honor those older Minnesotans who are making a difference in their communities through their volunteer work. Jay Haapala, associate state director for community outreach at AARP Minnesota, said the organization now is accepting nominations of those peo...Read More

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PHOTO: - A petition with more than 6,000 signatures will be delivered to Gov. Mark Dayton today, asking him to implement a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. Photo credit: Derek Bakken/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the arrival of Earth Day in Minnesota comes the arrival of a petition on frac sand mining to the desk of Governor Mark Dayton, asking him for a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. It has more than 6000 signatures, including that of Marilyn Frauen...Read More

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PHOTO: Retired physician Brian Livermore of Bemidji says it's critical to seek immediate help upon the onset of heart attack symptoms, as he did last August when he suffered an acute blockage, also known as the "widow-maker." Photo: courtesy American Heart Association

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When a person is suffering from a heart attack, every second counts, and a new campaign starting up this week across Minnesota aims to hasten care and increase the number of survivors. Retired physician Brian Livermore of Bemidji says it's critical to seek immediate help upon the o...Read More

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PHOTO: Stores make an attempt at propriety in displaying adult magazines with covers partially hidden, but teens have easy access online. Experts say it distorts what they view as healthy relationships and body image. Photo credit: Ed Kohler

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a far cry from magazines tucked under the mattress – and experts say the proliferation of pornography made available with today's technology is having an adverse effect on teens' views about dating and their bodies. Elizabeth Schroeder, founder of Elizabeth Schro...Read More

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PHOTO: Residents across southern Minnesota will have a chance to weigh in in the days ahead on the possible environmental impact from a new transmission line. Photo credit: Ben Tesch

ST. PAUL, Minn. - To meet the growing energy needs in the state, the construction of a new transmission line in southern Minnesota is moving forward and residents will soon get a chance to weigh in on the project. According to Lu Nelsen, energy program associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, comm...Read More

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PHOTO: Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the minimum wage bill on Monday, raising the minimum to $9.50 an hour by 2016. Photo credit: Fibonacci Blue

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Legislation raising the minimum wage in Minnesota has now won full approval at the state Capitol and is headed to the desk of Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. The bill increases the minimum to $9.50 an hour by 2016. Peggy Flanagan, executive director of Children's Defen...Read More

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PHOTO: A bill passed by the Minnesota House, as part of the Women's Economic Security Act, aims to provide workplace protections for family caregivers. Photo credit: Deb Hilstrom

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Legislation that aims to give more support to those providing care for family and relatives has passed the Minnesota House and is moving on to the Senate for a vote. The bill from state Rep. Carly Melin requires equal treatment for all employees, regardless of family caregi...Read More

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