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— Right now, the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (PUC) is considering a request from Xcel Energy that could raise customer rates by nearly 10% or about $132 a year. If approved, Xcel will have raised rates on their Minnesota customers 6 years in a row. When utility bills go up it hits everyone’s pocket book, especially those on fixed incomes or struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully in Minnesota, we have an engaged PUC that carefully considers the input of utility …

Ethel Percy Andrus

— Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?  Want to help raise money for a worthwhile cause? You can do both by nominating someone for the 2016 AARP Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP Minnesota’s most prestigious volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. Only one individual or couple from Minnesota may be selected each year and AARP will make a $1,000 donation to an eligible nonprofit …

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— If you’re a 50+ job seeker, what’s the first thing you should do? Don’t miss our interactive webinar “Target, Conquer & Focus: Getting Back to Work” Tuesday, June 14th at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT!  Holly Brack — National Program Coordinator at AARP Foundation with over 20 years of experience teaching job search skills — will help you learn how to target your job search, conquer the job application, focus on yourself and stay strong. She’ll be joined by Back to …

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—   One of things that makes the Twin Cities unique is a world class performing arts scene. This Spring AARP in the Twin Cities is excited to announce special ticket prices for AARP members and their guests at two of these venues. Calendar Girls Park Square Theatre, St. Paul When Annie’s husband dies, she and her friends set out to raise funds for a local charity—by posing for a calendar completely in the buff. AARP members and their guests will …

Fran Heitzman

— By Laura Ledray — Fran Heitzman knows what it means to be poor. He grew up during the Depression Era, a time when his father was happy to earn 75 cents a day. Heitzman did not own a pair of store-bought pants until he was eight years old. The memory of poverty has remained with Heitzman, causing a significant impact on his life in 1987. While Heitzman was working at Pax Christi Church in Eden Prairie, MN, a member of …

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— Heading to the Twin Cities Pride Festival this month? Then stop by AARP’s Boomertown section to get information about upcoming AARP events, pick up giveaways  and sign up for educational events on technology, caregiving and fraud prevention. This is the fourth year that AARP is a sponsor of the Pride Festival, which takes place in Minneapolis’ Loring Park on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In Boomertown, …

JAZZ

— Jazz musicians will draw fans to several locations across St. Paul, June 23-25, for the 18th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Headliners this year include Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Russell Malone, Michael Franti and Joey Alexander. AARP Minnesota is the main sponsor of the three-day celebration. “The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is one of the highlights of summer in Minnesota,” said Will Phillips, AARP state director. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to come out and listen to world-class live music while …

AARP visits Capitol Hill for State Lobby Day

— Illness can cause an insurmountable amount of debt for couples — especially when it requires long term care. These families facing debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s can’t afford afford to pay for expensive long term care out of pocket but they also can’t afford Medical Assistance. To qualify for Medical Assistance, couples are often forced to deplete their assets in order to qualify which means in order to care for one spouse both must enter poverty.  For too many the …

— Music could be the best-kept secret for family caregivers and the people they love! Research shows tangible benefits of music for the health, quality of life and stress level for both the caregiver and the person for whom they care. Join SingFit Co-Founder Andy Tubman, a music therapist who is an expert on music and the brain, for a free interactive webinar presented by AARP titled, “Turn Up the Volume and Turn Down the Stress: How Music Can Help Family Caregivers.” …

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— From finding a job to making the most of your work day, AARP will present free a webinar titled Trade Your Dress Shoes for Slippers: The Inside Scoop on Being a Teleworker,”  Tuesday May 10th. Sharon Emek, Founder and CEO of Work At Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE) and former professor at Rutgers, will give you tips on teleworking, help you avoid work-from-home scams and find reputable employers who are hiring teleworkers. She’ll be joined by AARP North Carolina volunteer Stan C. …