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Wed
06
May

An investment in education changes lives

Century College leaders and stakeholders
When we reflect on the impact that Century College of White Bear Lake has on its students and surrounding communities, we realize the immense value of higher education. We appreciate this value through individual examples of student success.
 

Wed
06
May

It’s in your court: The stranger in the black robe

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

During the past few years Minnesota courts have started to encourage parents to attend early neutral evaluation (ENE) when custody or parenting time (visitation) or financial issues are disputed, or attend mediation if ENE does not occur. There are several reasons for this requirement. One reason is cost: the sooner the parties can resolve their dispute, the fewer emotional and financial resources are devoted to the dispute. Literally tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and court costs can be avoided by an early resolution rather than protracted litigation.  Some judges tell the parties, “You can choose to send your lawyer’s kids to college or your own.”

 

Tue
05
May

Resolving financial concerns for stepfamilies

Money Management
MNCPA

Roughly 1,300 new stepfamilies are created every day, according to the Stepfamily Foundation. And, 41 percent of all Americans have at least one step relative, based on Pew Research Center findings. These blended families have an opportunity to launch new relationships and traditions, but they often face pitfalls where finances are concerned. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants provides these tips for issues stepfamilies may face and how to address them.

Sun
03
May

Stemming the tide of Alzheimer’s

Amy Klobuchar U.S. Senator, Minnesota
Amy Klobuchar U.S. Senator, Minnesota

Many of us know a loved one who has faced Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a wrenching experience watching them slowly slip away, trying to be a source of comfort and companionship, even as a cure remains painfully out of reach.

Wed
29
Apr

Transportation investment in Maplewood

Workers fix a segment of surface pavement on Lakewood Drive, just south of Highwood Avenue E. (submitted photo)
Workers fix a segment of surface pavement on Lakewood Drive, just south of Highwood Avenue E. (submitted photo)

Nora Slawik
Mayor of Maplewood

As I am driving in Maplewood I experience firsthand the deteriorating pavement conditions, traffic congestion and potholes that plague our roads.   I know this affects the quality of life for our families and it can hurt our businesses. Many of you have contacted me via e-mails, phone calls or in person about problems with the streets by your homes and backups on certain roads.

Wed
29
Apr

Investing in Minnesotans

The Senate recently passed provisions investing in our state’s economic development programs, workforce programs and our natural resources. The bill supports existing programs that help people find jobs, and funds new ideas that help move Minnesota forward.
 Here are some highlights:

Mon
27
Apr

The saga of a sunburned camper shivering in cold & rain

Jesse Poole
Jesse Poole

Though I'm sure it's elementary meteorology, it's always a little difficult to understand how one day supplies a sunburn while the next brings feet-numbing cold.

Mon
27
Apr

DFL’ers want changes in St. Paul Public Schools

The April 19 citywide DFL offered several lessons, according to three of the four people who were endorsed for the November, 2015 school board election.

Wed
22
Apr

What Earth Day means today

April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States. The annual event was designed to be a day where we take a step back to look at how our actions affect the earth, and recognize the things we can change to make our planet a better place to live. For many, the day means much more than simply remembering to recycle for a day.

Tue
21
Apr

Get to know your local conservation district

Gwen Willems, Supervisor — Ramsey Conservation District
Gwen Willems, Supervisor — Ramsey Conservation District

To observe Earth Day on April 22, learn more about Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs).

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