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Duluth News Tribune, Wednesday, January 22, 2014 – Supreme Court considers mandatory union dues

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DAVID G. SAVAGE Tribune Washington Bureau    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether teachers and other public employees can be required to pay dues to support a union even if some of them oppose it.    Since 1977, the high … Continue reading

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Duluth News Tribune, Wednesday, December 25, 2013 – Pension change could speed police, fire retirements

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Pension change could speed police, fire retirements Associated Press    ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A statewide change to police and firefighter pension rules could encourage more municipal employees to retire sooner.    Police and firefighters can retire early at age 50, though … Continue reading

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Former Northland fire chief pleads guilty to setting fires in Superior National Forest | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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Published November 22, 2013, 05:10 PM Former Northland fire chief pleads guilty to setting fires in Superior National Forest Former Babbitt Fire Chief Ryan Scharber pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis to two counts of setting fires … Continue reading

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Duluth Fire Department names assistant chief | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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Published October 18, 2013, 12:00 AM Duluth Fire Department names assistant chief Capt. Clint Reff of the Duluth Fire Department has been named an assistant chief in the department. He will begin his new duty Nov. 2. By: News Tribune staff, … Continue reading

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Minnesota pension system investigates padding plans | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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Published August 10, 2013, 12:00 AM Minnesota pension system investigates padding plans Minnesota’s largest public pension system is investigating how widespread retirement plan spiking is among local government worker members.       ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s largest public pension … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Gov. Walker open to limiting police, fire unions | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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Published July 30, 2013, 11:14 AM Wisconsin Gov. Walker open to limiting police, fire unions Scott Walker says he is open to limiting collective bargaining for police and firefighter unions, just as was done to other public sectors unions two … Continue reading

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Simonson Receives Award From Greater Minnesota Cities – News – NewsTalk 610 KDAL AM

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Simonson Receives Award From Greater Minnesota Cities Monday, July 29, 2013 4:11 p.m. CDT by Dave Strandberg Erik Simonson ST. PAUL, MN (KDAL) – State Representative Erik Simonson from Duluth received the “First Time Legislator of the Year Award” from the Coalition … Continue reading

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New Minnesota law lets workers care for more sick relatives | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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Published July 30, 2013, 07:45 AM New Minnesota law lets workers care for more sick relatives Tim Sorenson can’t forget what happened a couple of years ago when, a few hours before his shift, his sister called to tell him … Continue reading

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Jobs recovery hit by public-sector losses | Duluth News Tribune | Duluth, Minnesota

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Published July 19, 2013, 12:00 AM Jobs recovery hit by public-sector losses Minnesota’s unemployment rate inched downward in June, pushed along by strong private-sector growth but held back somewhat by a loss of government jobs. By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News … Continue reading

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St. Paul firefighter, combat veteran fired after hiding DWI – TwinCities.com

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St. Paul firefighter, combat veteran fired after hiding DWI By Mara H. Gottfried mgottfried@pioneerpress.com Posted:   05/10/2013 12:01:00 AM CDT Updated:   05/10/2013 11:17:06 PM CDT St. Paul firefighter Billeigh Riser Jr. of St. Paul, center, is schooled in the art … Continue reading