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Time for Congress to act

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The U.S. Labor Department reported that the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose for the first time in five weeks to 742,000. The fear is that the resurgent viral outbreak is likely slowing the economy and forcing more companies to cut jobs. Evidence is also emerging consumers are losing confidence in the economic outlook and pulling back shopping, eating out and other activities. And just in time for the holidays. It’s going to be a rough Christmas for thousands of Americans who are without a job, or even without a place to live. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday called on Congress to provide immediate COVID-19 relief to American workers, families, businesses and states. More governors need to step up and remind Congress people are hurting.

Don’t forget to support local businesses

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Our restaurants, bars and museums will be taking another economic hit for the next four weeks with Gov. Tim Walz ordering the closures of entertainment businesses to slow down the spread of COVID-19. We urge the continual support of our local businesses. Some of the businesses will probably continue take out, so that’s one way to support Main Street. But don’t forget general retail — from the large to the small mom and pop stores — can remain open. Also, salons and other personal care services can continue to operate. Supporting these local businesses will give the local economy a boost it needs to weather the next few weeks. But do it while wearing a mask.

Stay home, stay safe

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The Centers for Disease Control and local health departments are urging people to stay home this Thanksgiving. “The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is at home with the people in your household,” said the CDC’s Dr. Erin Sauber-Sanchez. Of course, there are other ways to enjoy Thanksgiving with friends and family members outside your household. Zoom sessions can be a fun way to reach out to more people without spending time and money on the road.

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