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Wed
17
Jun

Special session leads to historic investment in education

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
­—Vince Lombardi

Wed
17
Jun

It’s in your court: What was the Magna Carta, anyway?

Judge Dale Harris
St. Louis County District Court

Sun
14
Jun

Art in the Hollow 2015

Andy Twedt
community columnist

Wed
10
Jun

It’s in your court: Work Zone Violators Face Hefty Fines

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

The traditional saying is that Minnesota has two seasons: winter and road construction. Major construction projects have begun throughout the eight counties of the 10th Judicial District, as well as numerous smaller projects. These projects now display a large and clear sign warning of $300 fines for violations of the posted work zone speed limit. Why is that?

 

Wed
10
Jun

Rain Gardens can improve water quality

Have you ever thought about installing a rain garden on your property, but you didn’t know where to start? I’ve thought about putting a rain garden in my backyard this spring – in an area that gets a lot of runoff and is near a stormwater pond. Fortunately, I know exactly where to go for information on how to do it. The Oakdale Environmental Management Commission has put together a simple educational packet with rain garden standards and design examples, and it is available for the asking.

Wed
10
Jun

Congratulations Graduates!

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain

Wed
03
Jun

On the benefits of going outside: Explore Your Parks, June 6

Pond dipping at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6, as a part of Explore Your Parks Day. (Submitted photo)
Pond dipping at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 6, as a part of Explore Your Parks Day. (Submitted photo)

The long awaited spring has finally arrived. Goodbye snow and icy roads, dreary days spent indoors, and abundant layers of clothes. Hello mud. Mud is an inevitable part of spring, but it can be a big problem for local lakes and streams when it doesn’t stay put on the land. Active building sites can be particularly problematic, even when they’re relatively small. Dirt can wash into wetlands, as well as storm sewers that connect to nearby lakes and streams, clouding the water and smothering fish spawning areas. The dirt is often rich in phosphorus as well, which translates into algae blooms in lakes and wetlands later in the summer.

Tue
02
Jun

Pioneers led rugged life in early Nebraska

The walls of this authentic one-room sod house, reconstructed and preserved inside the Plainsman Museum in Aurora, Nebraska, show clearly how they were made—there’s still grass sticking out. Pioneers brightened the space as best they could, with colorful quilts and fabric tacked to the boards that held up the ceiling.  The fabric also had a very practical benefit. (Pamela O’Meara/Review staff)
The walls of this authentic one-room sod house, reconstructed and preserved inside the Plainsman Museum in Aurora, Nebraska, show clearly how they were made—there’s still grass sticking out. Pioneers brightened the space as best they could, with colorful quilts and fabric tacked to the boards that held up the ceiling. The fabric also had a very practical benefit. (Pamela O’Meara/Review staff)

As I arrived in Omaha, Nebraska, recently on my way to the Platte River to see the sandhill crane migration, I was reminded of my great-grandparents who emigrated there from Russia around 1880.

Mon
01
Jun

Fifty things that got done

Below is rundown of what got done, what didn't, what got messed up, and what was intentionally delayed in the 2015 legislative session. While this is a lengthy update, it is not an exhaustive list of everything that got passed this session.

Sun
31
May

‘Cramming’ phone victims may be eligible for refunds

Most people don’t know that their cell-phone bill can be used like a credit card—with third party companies placing charges for unrelated services or merchandise on the phone bill.  
As a result, people are surprised when they find charges on their phone bill for unrelated and unwanted merchandise or services. This practice—by which unauthorized charges are placed on a person’s phone bill—is known as “cramming.”

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