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Work at Home
Jobs that offer to provide an opportunity to work at home often turn out to be troublesome scams, but not always. AARP has identified some legitimate employment options for those who need or want a home based job.
Daylight Saving Time Incidents & Anecdotes
It's not as simple as just changing the clock. Daylight Saving Time has had an interesting impact on a wide variety of unexpected areas--from Middle East terrorism to feuding twin cities, voter turnout to time-change riots, radio stations to trick-or-treaters, and opera performances to manslaughter charges.
Gluten-Free Recipes and Cooking Tips
On Tues., Nov. 12, stop at the Ridgedale Library to hear Janice Cox, Registered Dietitian for Lunds and Byerly's, clear up confusion about gluten, share tips for shopping and cooking gluten-free, and provide recipes. Register for this event online or by phone.
Election Day is November 5
Find your polling location, view a sample ballot, and get your election questions answered from the Minnesota Secretary of State.
New Feature for WolframAlpha
You can now generate math problems with WolframAlpha - choose a topic of study (statistics, arithmetic, algebra, etc.), and learning level, and it will quiz you and explain the answers.
Digital Engagement at NARA
Have a passion for historical documents and images from the United States Government? Connect to any of the twelve tumblr sites from The National Archives and Records Administration. A favorite is Today's Document, named by Time Magazine as one of the top 30 tumblrs to follow in 2013.
Genealogy Connect database
Genealogy Connect provides access to over 1500 authoritative genealogy resources including histories and records of Native American tribes to colonial period and American immigration works to tracing royal and noble ancestry. Includes articles on getting started, research and organization tips for creating your family tree.
Applying for Financial Aid?
Reconnect with the U. S. Department of Education to find all the information you need to apply for higher education funding. Learn how to prepare for a career and apply for a funding program that works for you.
There are many places to read about news in the tech world. Try MIT's Technology Review, Wired, or the Daily Rotation.
Lawn Care - Positives for You and for the Environment
Fall lawn care maintenance is inevitable. According to the University of Minnesota, planting Sustainability, as it relates to lawns, can be defined as a lawn area that requires few material inputs while having a positive impact on the environment.
Show-stealer Classroom Read Alouds
Looking for a winning book to read to pre-K through grade 1 school groups? Choose one of these awesome books to captivate groups of young listeners, and be the star of the show!
Autumn activities for all ages
Beautiful colors and brisk air make fall one of the best seasons to enjoy Minnesota's great outdoors in our state parks or in Minneapolis and the metro area.
Affordable Care Act and the media
As public interest grows concerning the Affordable Care Act, media coverage is reviewed and critiqued by the Columbia Journalism Review.
Find a Flu Vaccine Clinic Near You
From the Minnesota Department of Health.
Genealogy Research Resources
This fall, in addition to Family History Fair 2013 at Minneapolis Central Library, Genealogy Research classes are being held at various Hennepin County libraries. Learn how to get started, research offline, write your family history, plan research trips and more.
Real Cost of Vehicle Ownership
See InelliChoice (scroll down) to grasp the real cost of vehicle ownership. Choose a make, model and year.
October is Diversity Awareness Month
BookSpace is a great readers resource! Looking for nonfiction about other cultures? Check out the Black Voices, GLBT Voices and Native American Experience book lists. Want something lighter? Read fiction from around the world with US and World Authors recommendations.
MNsure for Small Businesses
If you employ between 2-50 full-time workers you can offer them healthcare coverage through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), a division of the MNSure marketplace. Federal Tax credits are available to qualifying small business. There is a special enrollment period from 11/15/13 to 12/15/13 during which the normal minimum employer contribution towards the premium and the minimum employee participation rate are waived. For more details see the SHOP website listed above.
Some Publishers Rebound
Magazine subscriptions and newstand sales continued to decline during the first six months of 2013. Among the hardest hit were weekly celebrity and women's titles. Although the figures were disappointing, selected digital editions, including Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine, had double digit increases for the time period.
MNsure now open
Get help using MNsure, the
new central marketplace where Minnesota individuals, families and small employers can get quality, affordable health insurance and access tax credits or assistance to help pay for coverage.
Choose to Reuse
Hennepin County is partnering with 72 local reuse retailers to offer coupon books valid through November 30th. Choose to Reuse coupon books are available at all Hennepin County Libraries. New this year is the ability to get coupons on your smartphone or tablet.
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