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We recently welcomed a new dog into our home.  He’s a nine month old puppy so one of the first things we felt we needed to do was to kennel train him.  This involves convincing him that the wire kennel is a good place for him to be and that’s not easy because it is after all, a kind of prison.  Of course you don’t go to PetSmart to buy a Doggie Prison or Cage.  No, we call them kennels or crates. Which sounds better.  But doesn’t change what it is.  (more…)

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I have a very distinct childhood memory of sitting in front of the TV on Saturday nights with my dad watching ALL STAR WRESTLNG.

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Perhaps you didn’t know that Professional All Star Wrestling had its beginnings right here in Minnesota.  During the late 60s and through the 70’s all these weekly match ups  featuring Verne Gagne, the “Crusher”, Baron von Raschke, Hulk Hogan, and of course Jesse the Body Ventura – they were all filmed at a local TV studio right here in Minneapolis and then broadcast into other markets around the country.  It’s one of Minnesota’s contributions to popular culture.  You’re welcome, world.

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October 1 was the day the new health care exchanges were set to launch.  These are the new online marketplaces where individual Americans and small businesses can now shop for health insurance – it’s part the Affordable Care Act.  The fact that over 8 million people accessed the federal site in the first couple days reveals that many in our country are in need of health insurance!

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We all know that the best things in life are free.  The Mastercard commercials try to capitalize on that wise saying in a TV ad campaign that ran for almost 10 years with over 160 variations.  Each commercial ended with a list of three items that were part of a special event and the price of each and then the intangible result of that event.  The first one featured a dad and his son at a baseball game with this conclusion:

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