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Lim On Friday, July 24, the federal minimum wage will rise from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour, an increase of 70 cents or just over 10 percent. For full- time minimum wage workers, the raise amounts to about $28 a week. "When you are barely keeping your head above water, any wave can drown you," said worker advocate Kris Jacobs, director of the statewide JOBS NOW Coalition. "An extra bag of groceries means a lot to vulnerable low-wage workers and their families." According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, if the minimum wage had kept pace with inflation since 1968, it would now be $9.92 an hour. More than 600,000 jobs in Minnesota pay less than $9.92 per hour; and in Greater Minnesota one out of four jobs pay less than this. JOBS NOW's Cost of Living in Minnesota research shows the results of the steep decline in value and pur- chasing power of the minimum wage. P At the new minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, a couple with two children living in Minnesota would have to work 148 hours a week just to meet basic needs. According to JOBS NOW's research on living standards, each worker in a Minnesota family of four with two workers needs at least $13.41 per hour. See Over the next year the wage hike will generate $5.5 billion in consumer spending across the nation, according to the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute. (EPI). Minnesota businesses that engage in interstate commerce and have annual business volume of $500,000 or more will be covered by the new minimum. But firms smaller than that who do not engage in interstate com- merce will still pay only $5.25 an hour and the 90 day training wage for workers under 20 years old remains $4.90.' Woman To Start Professional Tug-Of. War League BEXAR COUNTY - Mary Ann W. applied Thera-Gesic pain creme to her sore shoulder and hands and felt so great she decided to start a professional tug-of-war league. When asked who would be the target audience for the new TOW league, she painlessly replied, "None of your dang business !" Go PainlesslyTM Endorsed by: VFW WOMEN'S SOFTBALL TEAM took first place at the 2009 West Central League Tournament in Graceville the weekend of July 25 & 26. They are sponsored by VFW Post #3964 of Ortonville. Shown with their trophy are, in front, left to right, Kerry Klepel, Lisa Hinders, Nellie Dwyer, Savannah Carlson, Dawn Gruenwald and Dara Gibson; in back, Sheila Hoernemann, Betsy Baldry, Rachel Gruenwald, Val Henrichs, tiffany Giese, Mindy Peters, Sara Schellberg, Missy Gronholz and Heidi Meister. Not shown were Becky Hughes and Kelly Sachariason. Planning begins on { ( Blood drive set Comm. Christmas,in Marietta Theater production ~~ l i /l~|'+ Marietta's#156AmeriCanwill Legion and An interest meeting for the upcom- Qualify for up to 81500 tax credit on Auxiliary sponsor a Red FREE ESTIIVlATES ~~ Cross blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. ing ecumenical community Christmas existing homes for 2009.10 taxes! 11 at the Marietta Senior Center from 800-430-5851 imlUmllMlll~ ~i/Em INr . theater production will be held on ~,+:~*+,+++,+:~+++++~+++++++++.:.~+.+++ :+~++++-.~+:~ ++~++~ +Jlw~,~m~ ~J 2-7 p.m. Sunday, August 2, 7:30 p.m. at First www.salebasements. on English Lutheran Church. They will " " ~i!:ii .i~N,Walk-ins welcome-for appoint- Berkner. Plu robingaHeaHeahn ~1 ::~:::: ii+i+:: merits call Cathy Harstad at 320-668- be discussing production ideas and ondltl'O :++++++i+ ++i::+: 2168. o+onsaudition+es+ch+du,in+ ++++ etc (Performance dates "are current- & Air C + ~++++++:+++% ly planned for the second weekend in ;~,+,:+AI:~ December.) West Hwy. 12 Ortonville, MN 320 1 out the People of all age groups are invit- ed to attend! 47" 37" 32" 20" ALL IN STOCK! /++2 YEAR" . #'+ t ~,'++%1~ W ~sl+~,~+ Crosle +-+.+2,L L . L;2 Stop down and check them out[ Repair on Most Major HOURS: Monday thru Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday, 9am-12noon. T C: i"i TITLES "And we'll see you. nighd" THE ST R.I KEATS "' "". - - -""- F:? ' Z-'i. l:::'. "" g ! = :-- .=. ::::. i = = Did somebody turn on the fans? DECIBELS The Kingman ball that never | came down; TU KE FFY TIRE Turf Bounces N liilNllllil R-A-DOG HDMER Paper ,GHTS HANKIES I TDRII'S CATCHES + 3+000TH HIT 3ck-To-Back IVlOKING! BLACK IN 'P " balls in I a @AC K'S TWINS VS. KANSAS CITY RDYALS OCTDBER 2-4 We've had an exciting last 27 seasons. Next year things get even better. As we all eagerly await Target Field, be here for the Final Regular Season Home Series ever at the Metrodome. "tickets are selling fast so purchase your tickets today and be a part of the memorable 2009 season in the Dome. FRIDAY 7:10 PM All fans receive a 2009/10 Target Field Calendar courtesy of DQ Fans get a chance to win great prizes including Twins memorabilia SATURDAY 6:!0 PM All fans receive a 2009/10 Target Field Calendar courtesy of DQ Fans get a chance to win great prizes including Twins memorabilia SUNDAY l:lO PM Ag fans receive a commemorative item recognizing the Final Regular Season game in the Metrodome Postgame Celebration Photo session with select featuring the AII-Metrodome Twins players ~ Team presented by (subject to change) l Wendy's Restaurants . o, ,o, o, o *~~~*~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~**~*~~~~ ~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~+~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ FOR TICKETS CALL G12-33-TWINS DR VISIT TWINSBASEBALL.CDM Page 6 ~INDEPENDENT Tuesday, July 28, 2009 ?