Columns

Wed
18
Feb

Thriving in the face of the Winter-maker

Saturday, Feb. 7, was one of those warm winter days that make northerners dream of spring. The sun was shining, the air was balmy, and the only thing lacking was just a little more snow to make play time more fun. I spent more than an hour lounging in my backyard with kid and dog, before heading out in the afternoon for a leisurely run on the Brown’s Creek Trail. Come evening, we headed to Lake Phalen, where I helped to cue puppets for a special story-telling at the inaugural Phalen Freeze Fest.

Wed
18
Feb

Meeting with constituents at listening sessions

State Sen. Barb Goodwin
District 41
I recently co-hosted listening sessions in Fridley and New Brighton to hear what constituents have to say about what's most important to them and to learn what you want to see from this year's legislative session. Both were well attended, and many important issues were discussed.

Wed
18
Feb

It’s in your court: The prosecutor’s decision to charge or dismiss

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court
You may have heard about a case where a number of people were charged with misdemeanor trespassing. You may also have heard that they appeared at a meeting of the city council requesting that the mayor and council dismiss the criminal citations. Is this the normal process? It is not.

Wed
18
Feb

Gift cards -- read the small print

Lori Swanson Minnesota  Attorney General
Lori Swanson Minnesota Attorney General

“Kay” was looking for a birthday present for a friend and decided to purchase a gift certificate for a local salon. When Kay bought the certificate, she asked if it had an expiration date or any fees.

Mon
16
Feb

Why I’m Working to Secure Funding for Mobile Food Shelves

Senator Fong Hawj

Last week, Minnesotans came together with legislators and organizations to lobby against hunger. We know that a lack of food is a substantial problem communities like East St. Paul know all too well, which is why I’ve authored legislation that would establish a mobile food shelf grant program.

Mon
16
Feb

Getting a kick out of kangaroos

Strange sights abound in Wisconsin. Football fans bare their skin in subzero cold at Lambeau Field. A guy in a thong and a cape rides his scooter around Madison. And you just might see a kangaroo at McDonald’s.
Last week, a woman was kicked out of a McDonald’s in Beaver Dam after a fellow customer complained. Apparently the customer wasn’t “ ba-da-bum-pa-paaah” lovin’ it.

Fri
13
Feb

It’s in your court: Your lawyer is your advocate, not your 'muscle'

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court
Young lawyers representing parties in lawsuits have a long learning curve. As a young lawyer you are amazed that clients actually hire you for your expertise, listen to your advice and follow your recommendations.

Tue
10
Feb

Quick trip walleye

Mike Frisch

Across the ice belt there is no better time to put walleyes on the ice  — and eventually in the fry pan — than right now.

Mon
09
Feb

Tax planning update for same-sex couples

MN CPA

Since 2013, federal tax laws for married couples have applied to same-sex couples who are married in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is legal, like Minnesota, even if the couple lives in a jurisdiction that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Mon
09
Feb

Guard against tax return and other forms of ID theft

MN CPA

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and tax refund fraud caused by identity theft is a major challenge facing taxpayers. According to a Government Accountability Office report, fraudulent tax refunds were estimated at $5.2 billion for the 2013 tax filing season.

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