From a “polar vortex” to heavy snowfalls, Minnesota’s winters can be hard on us in a variety of ways. One change that the cold months can have on us is the change on our health. While we are cooped up in our homes this winter, it is important to make healthy choices.
When the 2014 Minnesota State Legislative Session begins in February, you are going to be hearing a lot about a “bonding bill” and “capital investment.”
Capital investment is the process by which the state issues bonds to fund public projects that have a state or regional significance. This funding goes towards a variety of projects across the state including improvements to higher education buildings, roads and bridges, veterans homes and trails.
Every new year I like to remind myself and others of a great Benjamin Franklin quote that sums up the idea of new year’s resolutions, “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”
One issue we will be talking about as we head into the 2014 Minnesota Legislative Session is the possibility of expanding broadband into every corner of the state. We know that life and business on the internet is really only in its infancy. With the fast paced speed of technological advances, we need to be conscious of the future and what we can do to keep up.
With the cold weather now here, Minnesota will soon have a completely changed landscape. The snow and ice certainly can bring big headaches, but they provide a whole new playground for Minnesotans to enjoy. Soon we will have the joy of ice skating, sledding, outdoor hockey, ice fishing, cross country skiing and more!
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Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, giving thanks and helping those in need. With Thanksgiving here, families across the nation will be celebrating their own traditions in their own way. Between the food and the festivities, no one family does it quite the same, but I encourage everyone to add one thing to their day – take time to say thanks.
Fall is here and winter is right around the corner. As we clean out the gutters one last time, rake up our leaves and put our lawn mowers away, we should also be thinking about weatherizing our houses for the winter. There are a number of projects we can do around the house that can save hundreds of dollars.
Thankfully, the Minnesota Department of Commerce has some useful tips to get us started. The following is its “10 Ways to Save Energy, and other stuff too”:
Freedom isn’t free. As former President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed—else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”
Sometimes we can forget the daily sacrifices being made by our military personnel and their families. Brave Americans put their lives on the line to keep our country safe and that cannot go unrecognized.
A couple of years ago I read the following quote from Lesley Boone on the Second Harvest Heartland website (www.2harvest.org). It is a powerful quote and a great reminder to help within our community whenever we can.
“We are a country that prides itself on power and wealth, yet there are millions of children who go hungry every day. It is our responsibility, not only as a nation, but also as individuals, to get involved.”