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Wed
21
Oct

Who may not own or possess a gun

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

There has been much public debate about gun laws in reaction to the several tragic multiple shootings in schools and public places this year. This article will focus, however, on federal and Minnesota laws which already absolutely prohibit the possession of firearms or ammunition by certain persons.

Tue
20
Oct

BBB tips on fall yard cleanup

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota

Fall is all around us suddenly, and the leaves are falling in earnest. Between now and when the first batch of snowflakes hit the ground is when a lot of property owners aim to get their yards in order. This includes pruning trees and removing fallen leaves, debris and branches. Though there are many reliable companies that provide these services, there are also a few that are looking to be paid in full for services they have no plans to provide in full. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota reminds people that there are steps to take to ensure your yard is in good hands.

Wed
14
Oct

Environmental considerations: The tradition of pumpkin carving

Environmental Notes

Caitlin Bergh
Oakdale Environmental
Management Commission

Fall is in the air. Autumn activities are in full swing: visits to the apple orchard, raking giant leaf piles and decorating for the harvest. It is time to stock up on hay bales, corn husks, and the crowd favorite – pumpkins. And most of those who buy pumpkins for carving have similar concerns: how to making a pumpkin last longer and what to do with the pumpkin once it has begun to rot.

Wed
14
Oct

Legislative Update

State Rep. Kathy Lohmer
District 39B

Hello from St. Paul,
If you are buying health insurance through MNsure, expect to pay more next year. And in many cases, expect to pay a lot more.
According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the average rate increases will range from 14 percent to 49 percent. The highest average rate increase comes from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the state’s largest insurer.

Sun
11
Oct

The mysterious connection between leaves and algae

It’s important to remember to not push leaves out into the street, where they can get washed into storm sewers and deliver a big dose of nutrients to lakes and rivers. (submitted photo)
It’s important to remember to not push leaves out into the street, where they can get washed into storm sewers and deliver a big dose of nutrients to lakes and rivers. (submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

If a leaf falls in the forest and nobody sees it, do you still have to rake it up?
While autumn may be Minnesota’s favorite pastime, raking up the leaves that fall in our yards, definitely is not. Yet, most of us do it begrudgingly eventually, both to keep the leaves from smothering our grass, and to avoid the scorn of our neighbors.

Wed
07
Oct

Rules not made to be broken

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

We all have “pet peeves,” things we observe or have happen to us which are very irritating. It may be the person redeeming lottery tickets at the gas station when you are last in line to pay for your gas. It may be the person on their cell phone during your child’s holiday program at school or dance recital.

Wed
07
Oct

World Teachers’ Day

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” — Mark Van Doren

This month, we are celebrating the incredible power and value of teachers. Oct. 5 is World Teachers’ Day, where countries across the globe honor teachers and their countless contributions to society. Teachers have had a profound effect on me personally. It was my trust in the relationships I had with teachers that encouraged and inspired me to enter public service. I hope that everyone has the opportunity to have at least one solid relationship with a teacher, because it’s such an invaluable connection.

 

 

Wed
30
Sep

Minnesota’s Good Samaritan Law

From the Bench

Do you remember the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan? A victimized traveler laying on the side of the road is cared for by a passing man from Samaria. Feeling a personal moral obligation to love his neighbor as himself, the Samaritan tended to the victim’s wounds and then took him to an inn where he personally paid for his care and keep.

Wed
30
Sep

Be on the lookout for bogus Vikings tickets

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota

With the NFL season underway and the Minnesota Vikings home opener just around the corner, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning fans to watch out for scammers who might be trying to peddle counterfeit tickets online and outside the stadium right up until the opening kickoff. BBB reminds everyone that they run the risk of getting thrown for a big loss if they decide to gamble on a less-than-reputable ticket source.

Tue
29
Sep

BBB Scam Tracker Launched

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota

In an effort to monitor and track fraudulent activity — both locally and across the US and Canada — Better Business Bureau (BBB) is introducing BBB Scam Tracker, a new online tool, which allows consumers and businesses to report instances of fraud they've encountered and stay up-to-date on scams targeting their area.

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