Howard Kossover answers the questions: "Can a person file for both Social Security retirement and disability benefits at age 62?" and " Will my own Social Security amount be lower if someone else receives benefits through my record?"
Former legislator Duane DeKrey comes to his new position as No. 2 person in the N.D. Game and Fish Department with a voting record that didn’t always mesh with conservation. But DeKrey says his ag background will help the department work with private landowners
Minnesota is getting more involved in the federal health care overhaul with a major expansion of Medicaid coverage for the poor. Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the extension as his first official act on Wednesday, two days after taking office. The move is expected to bring in $1.2 billion in federal money for hospitals and clinics while adding 95,000 vulnerable adults to the Medicaid rolls, mostly from other state health care programs. Here are some questions and answers about the expansion.
QUESTION: I work for an agency that breaks down the hourly pay during my shift into three pay scales. For example, my schedule runs from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. From 11 p.m. to midnight I earn a particular pay rate. From midnight to 7 a.m., another rate kicks in. And from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., the final rate takes effect. Can the agency legally do this?
I'm concerned that my boss doesn't behave professionally — she even chews gum in meetings! I'm afraid to look like a professional snob, but I think she's making us look bad. Can you write about it so we can put your column on her chair?
A foreclosure can be reported on your credit report for seven years from the date the foreclosure was filed in the court, according to Gerri Detweiler, author of "Reduce Debt, Reduce Stress." The book is $14.95, and an ebook is available at www.ReduceDebtReduceStress.com.
I recently purchased a motorcycle with an MP3 player, and I've been trying unsuccessfully to transfer my music to the player. I used a flash memory device to copy music from my PC's Windows Media Player software, but the MP3 player couldn't read it.
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