Columns

Sun
27
Mar

It’s in your court: Traditions in the courtroom

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

Some of the rituals in the courtroom have a long tradition, some of them flowing from British judicial traditions. While American judges and lawyers do not wear white horsehair wigs, other traditions such as the black robe, the “bar and well,” and the “bench” are British in origin. Indeed white wigs are no longer worn in British civil hearings.

 

Wed
23
Mar

St. Paul’s Priory


This brick building was home to St. Paul’s Priory. (submitted photo)

Brenda Rudberg

Maplewood Heritage Preservation Commissioner

 

Wed
23
Mar

How a little idea can make big changes: how a bill becomes a law


State Sen. Chuck Wiger - District 43

While the lawmaking process can seem complicated and far away from average day-to-day life, many of the most important laws passed recently have been brought to me by constituents.

Tue
22
Mar

Senior Housing initiatives at the Capitol


Rep. Alice Hausman DFL-District 66A

Imagine working hard your whole life. Maybe you had a job with a pension, maybe not. Maybe you were able to put aside money for retirement. But, was it enough? Can you stay in your house? That is the dilemma facing many older Minnesotans.

Tue
22
Mar

BBB tips on spring yard cleanup

Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota

 

Sun
20
Mar

It’s in your court: What are ‘Executive Orders?’

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

One of the issues in the Presidential campaign is the use of executive orders by President Barack Obama. An executive order is loosely defined in the dictionary as an order from the President or a federal government agency which has the force of law. Why are such orders from the President so controversial?

 

Sun
20
Mar

‘Spring dreaming has officially begun’


Moss adds a splash of green on the early spring forest floor and is a sure sign that gardening season is beginning. (Submitted photo)

Angie Hong - Washington Conservation District

It’s amazing how much a child can grow between one summer and the next. 

Wed
16
Mar

Kohlman Hotel


In the 1880’s and 1890’s, the Kohlman Hotel was a popular resort for lakeside vacations.

Nicole DeGuzman, 

Maplewood Area Historical Society Executive Director

 

Wed
16
Mar

Calling all horse owners


Angie Hong - Washington Conservation District

The 2012 Agricultural Census counted 66,384 horses in Minnesota, down from 90,140 in 2009, with 166 horse farms in Washington County and 2,243 horses. 

Sun
13
Mar

It’s in your court: a refresher in ‘civics’ - separation of powers

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

As we are in the midst of the presidential debate and caucus season, we are hearing most of the candidates promising they will do this or that as though, if elected, they would be dictator rather than president of the United States. It’s as though they want us to forget that we are a republic with three branches of government.

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