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Quick Bite: 3 news stories to get you caught up over lunch

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As Ebola infections climb, Minnesota communities combat virus’ stigma

Minnesota business owners with a link to Africa are trying to fight fear associated with Ebola. The community has formed the Minnesota African Task Force Against Ebola to combat the stigma and promote education about the virus. The group is hosting information sessions and town halls, and visiting local schools and religious centers. They also want members of the community to avoid travel to West Africa.

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Mourning the loss of a mother, family receives act of kindness from Ponders

With four losses in their last five games, plus off-the-field issues with former MVP Adrian Peterson and other players, there has been a dark shadow blanketing the Minnesota Vikings. But a bright spot appeared Wednesday in the form of a heartwarming story involving a local Twin Cities family and Vikings backup quarterback Christian Ponder. Ponder and his wife were shopping at a local Lululemon store when they met a family of three whose mother had just died. The Ponders bought the two daughters new outfits that were professionally tailored.

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Heating help for Minnesota families: Cold Weather Rule in effect

Starting today, Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule takes effect. That means people who can’t afford their heating bills will be protected from having their service cut off as long as they follow a payment plan set up with their utility company. Customers with money trouble must connect with their energy companies to set up a payment plan. The rule limits monthly payments for eligible customers. The Cold Weather Rule ends April 15.

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