Viewpoints

Tue
23
Dec

DNR Q & A: What causes arctic smoke along the North Shore?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:
Q.   What causes arctic smoke along the North Shore?

Mon
22
Dec

A Christmas to remember


Christmas morning 1993, Christopher poses with the cheerful chairs hand-painted by his aunt Teresa Alto, pictured, and uncle Jeremy Faden.

When I rummaged through storage boxes labeled “Christmas” last week, I unexpectedly found myself on a journey into the past 22 years.
I had been hoping to quickly locate the glass ornaments painted by my twin sons in early grade school, but instead was pausing to look at drawings of little stick-figure Santa Clauses and reindeer, construction paper ornaments decorated with macaroni and popsicle sticks, and clear plastic balls containing photos of the boys grinning from ear to ear. I couldn’t pinpoint what years they made any of these treasures, but each one was a tender reminder of their childhoods.

Fri
19
Dec

The McNaughton Rules: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

People sometimes get frustrated with our criminal court system when a person charged with a horrific crime enters a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. There seems to be a common belief that this is a legal loophole that routinely allows guilty people to escape responsibility for their crimes. 

Fri
19
Dec

DNR Q & A: What is a rocket net, and how is it used by the DNR?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:
Q.   What is a rocket net, and how is it used by the DNR?

Fri
19
Dec

Low or no-cost gift ideas

They say it’s the thought that counts when it comes to gift giving, but quite often it’s the cash that counts, too. According to the National Retail Federation, the average consumer spent $730 on gifts, food and decorations for the winter holidays in 2013. With costs expected to rise this year, savvy holiday shoppers are finding smart ways to save while still making the holidays memorable.

Fri
19
Dec

DNR Q & A: Wild turkeys

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:
Q.   It seems like you see more and more wild turkeys these days near urban areas. Is this just cyclical, or has their population shifted?

Wed
17
Dec

My wonderful life

Vonny Roloff
Vonny Roloff

At some point during the holiday season, I usually watch the 1946 classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Mon
15
Dec

Water, water everywhere, but ...

When the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and the White Bear Lake Homeowners’ Association sued the DNR two years ago over declining lake levels, very few expected the settlement that was reached this week between the two parties.  This rift between not only these associations and the DNR, but also between commercial developers and life-long residents are very complicated.   

Thu
11
Dec

It’s in your court: don’t be a Grinch

Here come the holidays, so it’s probably timely to again make some comments on child holiday visitation or “parenting time.” Many children of divorced parents will be happily splitting the holidays between their loving and cooperating parents. Other children become the focus of the annual ritual, that is, the “fight” over which parent is entitled to have the child with them for Christmas. One would think rational parents could resolve these issues, but unfortunately during the  two weeks before Christmas, our court will likely see several such disputes make it on the court calendar. Some parents go so far as to retain a lawyer and bring an “emergency motion” to resolve the issue, basically asking the judge to “play Solomon.”

Thu
11
Dec

DNR Q & A: Do bald eagles in Minnesota migrate for the winter?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:
Q.   I noticed the DNR eagle cam is back online. Do bald eagles in Minnesota migrate for the winter, or do they stay on their summer nests?

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