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Have you ever gone to purchase textbooks for yourself or a student and thought, “Is there a more affordable solution?” Because I was wondering about that same thing and found some valuable resources that many students have available to them, but are unaware about.

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Muhammad Ali. Prince. Bretagne, the 9/11 search dog. We’ve lost quite a few heroes lately, which got me to thinking, what does it mean to be a hero? How does one become a hero? Who is your hero?

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Volunteer work is one of the most satisfying things you can do in life. I can guarantee that if you look around, there are countless opportunities for you to help others or you community.   It’s also one of my personal favorite activities to engage in!

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I have always considered myself somewhat of an environmentalist. My inspiration started back in 1970, when I took part in the very first Earth Day and learned the importance of recycling and taking care of the planet. I am proud to report my family does an excellent job recycling items that can be repurposed and given new life. Then there’s the rest of it that ends up in the kitchen-size garbage bag for weekly delivery to the local landfill.

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With school letting out and sultry summer days ahead, it's time to start thinking vacation. Because it's a supply-and-demand world, you'll likely be up against higher airfare, hotel costs and car rental rates. But here are some tips to help keep things affordable.

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Have you ever experienced that moment right after work when you feel exhausted, stressed or hungry, and while driving home you decide to stop by a drive-thru? Or it’s early in the morning and you need a pick-me-up so you stop by the local coffee shop to get some caffeine? Although they may seem like impulse or infrequent purchases, it’s amazing to see how fast and how much money you might spend over a year!

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What is a cash out refinance?   Bottom line…. It is refinancing your mortgage for more than you currently owe and pocketing the difference. Your home can be a piggy bank, transforming your equity in to cash to use in multiple ways. 

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Mother’s Day!  What does it mean for all Mothers and how do they want to celebrate the day?   

Do some want to spend time with their kids with a meal at home?  Or do they prefer going out to eat? Do some Mother’s want to be surprised with breakfast in bed? 

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I don’t often use the paper cutter at work anymore. On the rare occasion I do, I think about my Grandma Lucy and the times she worked as a substitute teacher at my grade school. You see, when Gram was filling in, I could lead the class in an art project of my choosing. Most of the time it involved cutting strips of colored paper to make paper chains. I remember the collective groans of my classmates when it was clear our regular studies would be replaced with yet another meaningless art adventure, but I loved it!

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We truly do experience all types of weather in Minnesota, especially in the Twin Cities area.  We’ve had record highs, close to 70 degrees, then 39 degrees for highs, just days later. 

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