How Much Money Do You Need to be Middle Class in Minneapolis?

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Nearly half of America still identifies as middle class, according to the Pew Research Center.

Despite the financial beat down that wiped out the spending power of millions of Americans, nearly half of the country still identifies itself as middle class, according to the Pew Research Center.

But what kind of money are we talking?

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Cliff Andrews, Dad of Cheerleader with Down Syndrome, Says Girl Has Been Mocked Often

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Desiree Andrews says she wants to be famous when she grows up.

Cliff Andrews's heart has been thrashed so many times he's lost count.

He's the dad of 14-year-old Desiree, the Kenosha, Wisconsin cheerleader with Down syndrome who garnered national attention after three basketball players stood up to bullies ridiculing her from the bleachers. And he's witnessed kids making fun of his daughter since elementary school.

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Couple's Music Video Plea for a Baby to Adopt Goes Viral

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They promise not to name the baby Joe, Joey, Josephine, Joanna, or any other permutation of Joseph.

Joe Morales and his fiancé, Joey, have a house in a good school district with a yard for their dogs and ample space to raise a family. They just need a baby to complete the picture.

In November, that dream was literally at their fingertips. A birth mother decided she liked the look of the couple and promised them her baby girl. They held her hand through the birth, and Joe cut the umbilical cord.

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Separated From Their Kids, Parents Unite Against One Court Guardian

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It's a bleak Wednesday morning as E.J. sits at her kitchen table, poring over boxes of court documents. She lives in a three-bedroom apartment just north of the metro, where the walls are covered with her children's crayon drawings. The table is spread with toys and picture books; overhead, a Thomas the Tank Engine poster spells "Happy Birthday" in bright blue.

She hoists a slender cat onto her lap as she points out the pictures on the fridge. There's her son, a brown-eyed boy smiling in a pressed shirt. There's her daughter with a missing tooth.

The children live about 25 miles away with their father now. They visit only once a month.

The exact location of E.J.'s apartment is a secret. Her driver's license lists her address as a P.O. box because she's enrolled in the secretary of state's Safe at Home program for victims of domestic violence. The names of all the families in this story have been changed to protect the children's privacy.

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Apple Valley, Minnetonka Lead 10 Best Cities for Cheating Spouses

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This President's Day, Apple Valley and Minnetonka will take an extra moment to celebrate Bill Clinton and JFK. They all have a special thing in common: breaking hearts and breaking vows.

Infidelity service AshleyMadison.com boasts 108,896 Twin Cities members. Based on users' zip codes, it's ranked the 10 least faithful cities in the area by cheaters per capita.

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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

Categories: Family, Sex, U of M
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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

Categories: Family, Lists
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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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Dunning, at center, flanked by supporters on Monday.
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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