Columns

Mon
06
Apr

Budget battles, soccer tax breaks?

State Rep. Joe Atkins
District 52B

A whirlwind week is winding down. About two weeks ago, there were over 2,000 legislative proposals in play. Only about 320 remain, as a result of two bruising deadline weeks in which bills had to pass necessary committees in the House and Senate, or be left behind. But the most lively discussions in the hallways swirled around additional tax breaks for the 2018 Super Bowl and a new pro soccer stadium.

Mon
06
Apr

Sinking roots in Minnesota

Jesse Poole, News editor
Jesse Poole, News editor

I'm the newest member of the newsroom team here at Lillie Suburban Newspapers, excited to work at a family-run newspaper, where I can enter the next room and watch the papers coming off the presses.

Wed
01
Apr

Control erosion to protect local waterways during spring

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.

Wed
01
Apr

Planning for retirement has many taxing issues

Money Management
MNCPA

Sun
29
Mar

Your update on action at the Capitol

State Rep. Joe Atkins
District 52B

It has been a busy week around the Capitol. Legislation to honor slain Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick took an important first step. The list of the State’s best schools came out. And the legislature narrowed over 2,000 bills down to about 400 that merit further consideration.

Sun
29
Mar

At the edge of the nest

Signs of spring abound here in late March. Robins are returning and children are riding bikes around the neighborhood, where Old Man Bromley is using his first bonfire of the year to destroy all evidence of his doomed NCAA tournament bracket. Neighbors eager to let fresh air inside suddenly shut their windows to block out the smell of charred paper and the sound of my exasperated cursing.

Wed
25
Mar

Timeshare resale scams persist

“Pete and Julie” were desperate to sell their timeshare.  They rarely used it and the fees kept rising. When a “broker” called and claimed her client was interested in buying, Pete and Julie were eager to know the details.  Pete and Julie hesitated when the broker asked them to pay a fee for the sale expenses, but the broker insisted that her client was anxious to close the sale and the money would be refunded.

Sun
22
Mar

The Top 11 Capitol myths

State Rep. Joe Atkins
District 52B

Below are the 11 most common myths about what happens at the Minnesota state Capitol. Reality surprises a lot of people.

Sun
22
Mar

It’s in your court: Kickin’ the can down the road?

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

Recently a citizen I know who has run a business and served in political office observed one of our criminal court sessions.
The citizen said, “Not much happened, just continuing cases two or three months.”
The intimation was that a lot of tax dollars are going to waste because not much is being accomplished at these court appearances.

 

Thu
12
Mar

Local residents stampede fairgrounds during rain barrel and tree sale

Even this Lego house has a rain barrel. You can purchase one of your own at the Washington Conservation District’s annual tree and rain barrel sale on April 24 and 25. (submitted photo)
Even this Lego house has a rain barrel. You can purchase one of your own at the Washington Conservation District’s annual tree and rain barrel sale on April 24 and 25. (submitted photo)

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 – Lake Elmo area police are called to the Washington County Fairgrounds after a crowd of local residents swarms conservation district staff during their annual tree and rain barrel sale. Witnesses report that a woman in a tan station wagon leapt out of her car yelling, “No more winter, ever, ever again!” Shortly thereafter, people began jostling one another as they raced to scoop up bundles of trees, rain barrels and compost bins. One man tripped over a weed wrench as he rushed to ask a master gardener about emerald ash borer, and in the ensuing confusion, a rack of informative brochures was knocked to the ground.

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