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Minnesota Says No To Free Online College Courses

A new trend has popped up on the education radar lately — free online classes anyone from anywhere can take to learn about a plethora of subjects. It’s known as MOOC — massive open online courses, and Coursera is one of the big names out there offering a variety of learning material. But the state of Minnesota is miffed because the universities offering classes through Coursera didn’t get permission to operate there, prompting the company to change its terms of services for customers in that state. [More]

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At Many Minnesota DMVs, Wait 2 Months Or Get In Line At 4 A.M. For Driver’s License

Oh, the dreaded Department of Motor Vehicles, where hopes are raised and dashed, where snaking long lines and confusing paperwork contribute to an atmosphere hellish enough to discourage even the most stalwart driver. If there’s a way for a DMV to be even more awful, Minnesota’s in the running for that dubious honor. Hopeful drivers-to-be in the state are apparently stuck either waiting two months to take a driving test or have to show up as early as 4 a.m. to take their shot behind the wheel. [More]

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Dish Network Is About To Drop My NBC Affiliate That Isn’t Even Local

Dale only has one complaint about Dish Network, but it’s sort of a strange one. Yes, he can tune local broadcast channels from Minneapolis through his Dish tuner, but they’re not local enough. He lives in more than 200 miles away in Bemidji, MN. [More]

What's To Come Of All The Space Left Over By Shrinking Big Box Stores?

What's To Come Of All The Space Left Over By Shrinking Big Box Stores?

In recent years, a number of big box retailers and department store chains have begun the process of closing stores and cutting the size of some existing outlets. But since there isn’t exactly a huge rush by other retailers to snap up those spaces, are we going to inundated with empty ghost stores that stand as a reminder of the big box boom? [More]

Medical Debt Collector Banned In Minnesota For Harassing Patients In Emergency Rooms

Medical Debt Collector Banned In Minnesota For Harassing Patients In Emergency Rooms

One of the nation’s largest medical debt collectors just got a bit smaller after it agreed to stop operating in Minnesota over allegations that the company staffed hospital emergency rooms with its agents in order to get people to pay up on any owed debts before they received additional care. [More]

Average Foreclosure In NYC Area Now Takes Longer Than 3 Years

Average Foreclosure In NYC Area Now Takes Longer Than 3 Years

Aside from being the title of a totally rad Olsen Twins movie, the phrase “New York minute” implies that things move rapidly in the Big Apple. One exception is the home foreclosure process, which can drag out to more than 1,100 days in the NYC metro area. [More]

Report: Debt Collectors Work In Emergency Rooms, Demand Payment Before Patients Receive Care

Report: Debt Collectors Work In Emergency Rooms, Demand Payment Before Patients Receive Care

One of the nation’s largest medical debt collection companies — already the subject of a lawsuit over alleged privacy violations — finds itself in more hot water as newly released documents claim that agency employees are actually working in hospital emergency rooms and sometimes demanding that patients pay up before they receive any further medical attention. [More]

World's Worst Dad Candidate Thought It Was A Good Idea To Leave Son Behind In Foreclosed House

World's Worst Dad Candidate Thought It Was A Good Idea To Leave Son Behind In Foreclosed House

Over the course of the last half-decade, we’ve written plenty of stories about homeowners who, facing foreclosure, just walked away from their doomed homes. But a man in Minnesota decided to go one step beyond, choosing to leave his 11-year-old son behind in the house he could no longer afford. [More]

Home Depot Salt Pellet Deal Shrivels Under Scrutiny

Home Depot Salt Pellet Deal Shrivels Under Scrutiny

Whether it’s a signage error or a stacking error, this pile of salt pellets is not what it seems at first blush. [More]

Campus Cops Catch Bike Thieves With "Bait Bikes"

Campus Cops Catch Bike Thieves With "Bait Bikes"

With a high concentration of bicycles and larges crowds to hide in, campuses and universities have been a favorite target for bike thieves. Sometimes they take just one, sometimes a crew comes and cleans out a whole rack. Now campus police at the University of Minnesota are fighting back with “bait bikes.” [More]

Colleges Banning Sale Of Bottled Water On Campus

Colleges Banning Sale Of Bottled Water On Campus

The college students of America have a drinking problem, but it’s not what you think. [More]

Minnesota Govt. Shutdown Also Resulting In Beer Shortages

Minnesota Govt. Shutdown Also Resulting In Beer Shortages

We’re doubling down on news related to the Minnesota government shutdown today. A red tape snafu has could potentially leave all Minnesotans without easy access to Coors Light, Miller, Olde English 800 and dozens of additional beers. Meanwhile, bars across the state are running dry because they can’t buy more booze. [More]

US Bank Lets Minnesotans Affected By Govt. Shutdown Skip One Loan Payment

US Bank Lets Minnesotans Affected By Govt. Shutdown Skip One Loan Payment

With the gears of state government ground to a halt in Minnesota, there are thousands of people left without income but who still have payments to make on their mortgages and car loans. But at least one bank has decided to give these folks the option of taking a small breather by allowing affected customers to skip one month’s payment without incurring any penalties, fees or dinging your credit score. However, interest will continue to accrue. [More]

CableOne Tells Fire Victims To Pay For Incinerated Cable Gear

CableOne Tells Fire Victims To Pay For Incinerated Cable Gear

The fire raged through 62 units of the Galleria apartment homes in Fargo, ND. Flames shot out windows and black smoke billowed across the sky. No one was hurt but 150 residents are without homes. A now, their cable company wants them to pay for the equipment damaged in the blaze, between $500 to $1,000. [More]

Minnesota County Doesn't Want Employees To Even Have Option Of Watching Hotel Porn

Minnesota County Doesn't Want Employees To Even Have Option Of Watching Hotel Porn

The notion of business travelers being forbidden from purchasing X-rated pay-per-view isn’t anything new. The erotic offerings are — so we hear — more expensive than other titles and very few employers want to foot the bill for them. But Winona County, MN, doesn’t just want to tell municipal employees not to order hotel porn; they don’t even want them staying at hotels that offer smutty selections. [More]

In-Store Dance Protest Hits Target, To The Tune Of "People Are People"

In-Store Dance Protest Hits Target, To The Tune Of "People Are People"

Wondering how that Target boycott is going? Here’s a video of an in-store protest complete with dance routine and Improv Everywhere type theatrics, set to the tune of Depeche Mode’s “People are People.” [More]

Target Angers Some Gay Customers With Support Of Conservative Politician

Target Angers Some Gay Customers With Support Of Conservative Politician

For years, Target has made a significant effort to reach out to the gay and lesbian community, sponsoring pride marches and AIDS walks, as well as offering domestic partner benefits to its homosexual employees. But the retail chain now finds itself in hot water after it donated $150,000 toward the election campaign of a anti-same-sex marriage gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota. [More]

FTC To Take A Closer Look At Debtors Being Thrown In Jail

FTC To Take A Closer Look At Debtors Being Thrown In Jail

It’s not a crime to owe money, and debtors prisons have been abolished — but that doesn’t mean that people are not being routinely arrested and put in jail for failing to pay debts. A few weeks ago the Minneapolis Star-Tribune published an investigative piece about arrest warrants being issued for people with less than $100 in debt, many of whom didn’t even know that a collector had taken legal action against them. Now, following a letter by Sen. Al Franken (noted hater of the Comcast, NBC merger), the FTC has agreed to look into the issue. [More]