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Sep 17th

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After visiting 120 countries, world traveler sees few differences between peoples

After visiting 120 countries, world traveler sees few differences between peoplesWhen Henry Biernacki was 17 years old, he hopped a Greyhound bus from Colorado to Mexico with nothing but a small backpack, the clothes on his back and a few bucks in his pocket.

He hasn’t stopped moving since.

Today, Biernacki is an airline captain with Virgin America and he has traveled to more than 120 countries, but his travel habits haven’t evolved much since his teen years. No five-star hotels or limousines for him. Most of the time, he’ll get on a plane the same way he boarded that bus – backpack, clothes on his back, a few bucks in his pocket.

In fact, back in 1997, he toured 40 different countries over 11 months, spending only $3,700 the entire trip. He slept on the streets, in airports, and at times, in a guest house. And that’s why he thinks he’s been so fortunate. For him, it wasn’t about seeing the world – it was about meeting the people along the journey.
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Summertime Ramblings and Free Online TV

Planes, trains, and automobiles: you don't need Canadian TV to know that this summer, like every summer, Americans will be leaving their homes to travel all over the US. As Americans are huge consumers of gas, this will only happen if the gas prices continue to fall.

Strange as it sounds, lower gas prices are great for business. High gas prices means less money to spend on the latest fashions, on the local arts, and certainly less money to spend on all things entertainment, like tickets to a comedy club.
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Census Bureau reports 55 percent have married one time, another 15 percent have married more than once

Among all people 15 and older in 2009, 55 percent had been married once, with 30 percent never having been married at all, according to a U.S.

Census Bureau report released today. At the same time, 15 percent had married more than once, including 12 percent who had married twice and 3 percent who had married three or more times.

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Soul food entrepreneur promises change in the neighborhood

Soul food entrepreneur promises change in the neighborhood“Like the unique music that originates in the South, Louisiana Fried is the Bourbon Street of Chicken. The unique spicy Cajun flavor will Jazz your taste buds and put a smile on your face, The spice is right! ”

That is the promise of young entrepreneur Marzell Harris, who last week declared “Change has come to North Minneapolis!” with the opening of the first Minnesota franchise of Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken.
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Alfreda Lodge dies

Alfreda Lodge, age 88, of Minneapolis and formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

She was born October 27, 1922 in Albia, Monroe County, Iowa, the daughter of Clyde and Ethel (Lewis) Johnson. She married Wiley Y. Lodge, Jr. on October 27, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. He preceded her in death on January 4, 1991.

Alfreda Lodge worked as a telephone operator for the Waterloo Community Schools. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
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21 Signs of Spring at the Arboretum

Spring has taken hold at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum despite a dusting of snow this past weekend and cooler temps.  From Earth Day and Arbor Day activities to National Public Garden Day to how to get your garden growing to brilliant blooms in May (32,000 tulip, 10,000 daffodil & 6,000 pansy bulbs) and yoga in the gardens…it’s time to visit the Arboretum and celebrate what’s in store for spring!
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Fast and healthy summer meal tips

Fast and healthy summer meal tips When the hot weather hits you want to put colorful, healthful meals on your family's table without breaking a sweat. 

Preparing meals quickly can help you keep the temperature down in your kitchen during the summer. And adding fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits to low-fat meals is a great way to get the nutrients you need to take advantage of the warm weather while staying trim in your swimsuit. 

Here are a few tips for healthier seasonal meals, from the experts behind an innovative new cookbook, "The Special K Challenge & Beyond" cookbook, which features more than 100 recipes, as well as expert fitness and nutrition tips:
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