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Oct 23rd

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Kick the can’t: Confidence for career minded professionals

Walking down Nicollet Mall, it seems easy to spot the most successful among us:  shined shoes, straight backs, massive smiles, blue tooth hooked up and arms swinging:  confidence practically pours out of some people.  Or does it?  Confidence is not something we are born with.  It has to be cultivated and constantly recharged.  So what do these mall walkers have that everyone else is missing?  Nothing, really, except an upbeat attitude and an inner voice that constantly says, “You can.”
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DEED awards $1.2 million in infrastructure grants to five cities

ST. PAUL Five Minnesota communities have received infrastructure grants totaling $1.2 million from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
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New withholding announced; most workers will see bigger paychecks this spring

Poverty rights activists broke into at least a dozen vacant Minneapolis buildings this week and helped homeless families move in.
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Avoid costly penalties for late tax filing

Be forewarned: Income tax season is upon us. Procrastination is probably never a good thing, but when it comes to the IRS, it can be downright expensive. To help keep you on track, I've compiled a few suggestions that can save you last-minute grief – and money:
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IRS says more taxpayers making mistakes on tax returns this year

ST. PAUL, MINN. — The Internal Revenue Service announced that an early sampling shows about 15 percent of federal tax returns include errors relating to the new Recovery Rebate Credit. The amount of a taxpayer’s 2008 stimulus payment, combined with information about their 2008 tax situation, determines eligibility for the new Recovery Rebate Credit.
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Prep steps: Welcome to the world of job searching

Every day, countless well-trained, well-educated, dedicated and successful people join the ranks of the newly unemployed.  Many have been gainfully employed for years, if not decades.  For some, looking for work seems like the equivalent of stepping off an airplane in a foreign land where the language and the landscape are completely unfamiliar.  You will get used to living with the natives, but before you actually begin job search journey, pack your bags, both physically and mentally.  Whether looking for work in carpentry, food service or aerospace engineering, every job seeker needs a few basic necessities.
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Survived a lay-off? Don’t get too comfortable

Rod relocated with his family for a position he thought was a sure thing.   Six months later, the only thing he knows for sure is that his job is safe for the next few months, but fifty of his co-workers have been let go, into a town where he has no connections, in an industry that’s going, in his words, “the way of the dinosaur.” Rod knows he’s lucky to have a job. But when the fickle finger of fate turns toward him, he wants to be ready. Brainstorming with Rod provided a wealth of ideas which might benefit others in his situation.
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