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Supreme Court Justice and former Minnesota Vikings player Alan Page will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Minnesota Fathers Forever event, slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet. In addition to the presentation by Page, this year's free event will include sessions on personal finance, cooking, family law and child support, among others. Free childcare is available during the event. Registration starts at 9 a.m. on site with a light...

Event offers knowledge, advice, inspiration for fathers

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• Research in the United States and New Zealand shows that children who don't have a father figure in their lives are three to seven times more likely to have an unwanted pregnancy in their teenage years.

• The U.S. Census Bureau tells us that children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor. In 2002, 7.8 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 38.4 percent of children in female-householder families.

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