Columns

Tue
03
Jun

Keeping a lid on wedding costs

Can you have a memorable wedding day without breaking the bank? Absolutely. Even though the average wedding costs nearly $30,000, according to TheKnot.com, many happy couples have joyous celebrations for far less money. If you’re planning your own nuptials, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers this advice on how to be frugal and still have a festive occasion.

Tue
03
Jun

End of an era at Crazy Horse Memorial


This model of the finished Chief Crazy Horse sculpture shows visitors what Korczak Ziolkowski envisioned when he began his decades-long project in the Black Hills of South Dakota. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Up close, the head of Chief Crazy Horse is amazingly large and confounds visitors. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Ruth Ziolkowski chatted with guests at the visitors center at the Chief Crazy Horse Memorial and talked about carrying out her husband Korczak’s vision. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

As I read the obituary of Ruth Ziolkowski last week, I recalled meeting her four years ago at the Crazy Horse Memorial on top of Thunderhead Mountain in the Black Hills outside Rapid City, South Dakota, where she was managing the development of th

Fri
30
May

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to everyone graduating from high school, college and vocational school. This is an exciting milestone in your life that required many hours of hard work and dedication and I salute you for those efforts. It is time to celebrate on your wonderful achievement, reflect on what got you here and look forward to what your future holds.

Fri
30
May

Native plants keep bees buzzing

Across the nation, an epidemic is underway. Beekeepers are losing 30 to 50 percent of their hives each year as the colonies collapse due to disease, lack of habitat, and pesticide applications. Last year bee keepers in Iowa lost 70 percent of their colonies; at Blake School in Minneapolis, a student initiative to raise and learn about bees came to a screeching halt last September when 60,000 bees died overnight due to a pesticide application near the school.

Thu
29
May

Certification of juveniles to adult court

Sometimes, when a minor allegedly commits a crime the law provides that society’s interests are better met by treating the juvenile as an adult. This process is known as “certification.”
Minnesota law has rules to decide when a juvenile is certified to be treated as an adult. In Minnesota, a child as young as 14 years old could be certified to adult court.

Thu
29
May

Beware student-loan assistance scams

Student loan debt in the United States now tops $1 trillion and is the second largest form of consumer debt, second only to home mortgage debt.
With many recent graduates struggling to find jobs and the amount of student debt rising, the student loan assistance industry--and the opportunity for scams--has grown.

Thu
29
May

Rhubarb in New Brighton

For the past 30 years, an interesting alliance has been underway. The alliance was started to keep an image alive, an image of a farm, and of rhubarb that grew and was harvested on that farm. The farm became New Brighton’s Long Lake Park. It was a matter of historical significance.

Sun
25
May

Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

For many of us in Minnesota, the Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, an opportunity to enjoy warm weather after a long winter. It is, of course, more than that.
Memorial Day originated following the costliest war in our history in terms of loss of life: the Civil War. This day is not about wars won and lost, medals awarded, or those of us who served. Freedom is not free, and Memorial Day is the time to honor those who have paid for our freedoms through their ultimate sacrifice.

Tue
20
May

Five ways to save on moving costs

About 36 million people, or 11.7 percent of Americans, moved between 2012 and 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you’re in the process of moving, you’re probably juggling a lot of tasks, including worrying about the potentially high costs. The Minnesota Society of CPAs offers these five tips for saving when relocating.

Tue
20
May

It’s in your court: pedestrian laws

Spring is finally here, so we look forward once again to walking, running, jogging and biking. It seems in our state, however, there is far less compliance than in other states with traffic laws intended to protect pedestrians.

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