City of St. Paul to Introduce Paid Maternity Leave for Employees

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St. Paul is poised to become the second city in Minnesota (after Brooklyn Park) to offer paid maternity leave to city employees.

A resolution that has the unanimous support of the city's seven council members "would provide four weeks paid salary to the birthing employee mother and two weeks paid salary to the non-birthing employee parent or adoptee employee parent," according to a news release put together by the city.

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Apple Valley, Minnetonka are Twin Cities hotbeds for cheating spouses

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Ashley Madison has 26 million users and expects to bring in more than $120 million this year.
The suburbs are where most of the Twin Cities' wannabe cheaters live, according to new information released by Ashley Madison, which is known perhaps as the world's leading hookup site for wayward spouses.

According to the site's "membership per capita" numbers, 9.1 percent of the Twin Cities' Ashley Madison accounts belong to Apple Valley residents, which is the highest percentage in the metro. Minnetonka clocks in at second with 8.8 percent.

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U of M alums want to cheat on spouses more than grads of any other school, study finds

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When it comes to love and marriage, you shouldn't trust Gophers, apparently.
Ashley Madison -- a website that bills itself as "the online personals & dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounters and extramarital affairs" -- put together a list of "Cheating Universities: The Top 10 Alma Maters of American Adulterers" earlier this fall.

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And lo and behold, the study found that no group of alums is more adulterous than University of Minnesota Gophers, as 7.8 percent of the 10,350 Ashley Madison members surveyed were U of M alums, the highest percentage of any school.

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Real estate site names Minneapolis the best place to raise a family

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Whether you grew up in Minneapolis or are currently raising a brood here, the real estate brokerage site ZipRealty has good news: Based on the sweet spot where good public schools meet affordable real estate, the Minneapolis area is the best place for families.

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Dorothy Dunning rallies national advocates to protest adoption law

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On Monday afternoon, about 25 of Dorothy Dunning's supporters gathered in the atrium of the Hennepin County Government Center. At one point, the crowd launched into a modified version of the spiritual, "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around."

"I'm not going to let foster care turn me around," they sang. "I'm not going to let child protection turn me around... Keep marching up to freedom land."

On March 27, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that two young girls should be adopted by the foster parents they have lived with all their life, and not by Dunning, their biological grandmother. But despite the verdict against her -- and her dwindling options -- Dunning continues to fight for full custody of the girls, now ages two-and-a-half and three-and-a-half.

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MNGOP Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen: Gov't is paying minority men to impregnate women [VIDEO]

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Gruenhagen: "We tell men that they can impregnate as many women as they want and the government will pick up the tab."
During a debate earlier this week about the proposed Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, steered the discussion in a very different and racially charged direction.

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Gruenhagen -- the same meathead who made headlines last week for characterizing homosexuality as a mental illness -- went into a rant about "the black family" and the alleged subsidies government provides for promiscuous minorities to have children out of wedlock.

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Iowa GOPers advance no-fault divorce ban amid concern divorce makes girls "promiscuous" [VIDEO]

Categories: Family, Sex
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Gassman wants to make Iowa the only state to prohibit no-fault divorce in hopes it'll help his granddaughter keep her pants on.
Iowa Rep. Tedd Gassman, R-Scarville -- a town that borders Minnesota -- wants to ban no-fault divorce. The reason? He's concerned divorce results in children who live with single parents sleeping around.

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As hard to fathom as that logic is, it's the argument he made on behalf of his bill during a news conference Monday. Even harder to believe? With the support of six other Republicans, Gassman's bill was approved by a House Subcommittee and may get another hearing.

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Russia to ban American adoptions; Minnesota has most of any state

Categories: Family, Politics
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Pictured: Moscow Orphanage
Children are getting caught up in political tensions between Russia and the U.S.
Minnesota parents could be hit hard by a new law in Russia banning American adoptions.

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The Land of 10,000 Lakes is the leading state for Russian adoptions, WCCO reports, with more than 60,000 Russian children adopted into Minnesota in the past two decades.

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Eagan parents allegedly forced son to live in lightless basement, mandated 500 daily pushups

Categories: Crime, Family
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Greg Danner outside his home in a string bikini (left); walking to his car earlier this week (right).
Greg and Angela Danner allegedly made life a living hell for their 15-year-old son -- forcing him to live in a basement with no light, taking his bed and leaving him with just a pillow and blanket, feeding him nothing but peanut butter sandwiches, and making him run numerous miles and do hundreds of pushups everyday, among other punishments.

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The reason? "He didn't want to do anything around the house. He didn't want to do his chores," Greg Danner told the Star Tribune.

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Wisconsin parents punish daughter by posting embarrassing photos on her Facebook page

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This couple confiscated their daughter's phone and punished her by posting pics of this sort on her Facebook page.
Parenting in the social media age: When your daughter "gets fresh," you don't ground her. Instead, you punish her by posting embarrassing photos of yourself and your spouse on her Facebook page.

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Or at least, that's the strategy employed by one Wisconsin couple.

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