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Sun
21
Feb

Jury Selection

An overlooked aspect of the jury trial process is the method by which jurors are chosen. Many believe that juror names are randomly pulled from a box and then the trial begins.

Thu
18
Feb

Home fires peak in winter

“Firefighters save more than homes. They save hearts, memories and dreams,” – Whole Truth Project

Sun
14
Feb

Budget-friendly travel tips

Money Management
MNCPA

About 99 million Americans traveled at least 50 miles from home during the past holiday season, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). 
Whether you’re going to be visiting relatives, taking a trip to a warm weather location or planning this summer’s vacation, there are many opportunities to lower your costs and get the most from your travel dollar, says the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA).  

Sun
14
Feb

Vacationers now have more lodging options

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota

In recent years, vacationers the world over have begun exploring alternatives to standard lodging. Though hotels are still very popular with travelers, online services like Airbnb and VRBO are attracting guests as well, and expanding the definition of vacation lodging. These websites allow property owners all over the world to offer part or all of their homes, condos or townhomes — even castles — for rent to vacationing guests.

Sun
07
Feb

Laugh at the Winter-Maker

Last week’s snowstorm created a beautiful winter wonderland ... and a headache for area commuters. (submitted photo)
Last week’s snowstorm created a beautiful winter wonderland ... and a headache for area commuters. (submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

Ojibwe people tell the story of a little merganser duck named Shingebiss who persevered and thrived in the midst of bitter winter. 

Week after week, the Winter-Maker - Kabibona'kan - did his best to defeat Shingebiss with deep snow, whipping winds, freezing rain and an ice-covered lake. Week after week, the little duck found new ways to stay warm and break through the ice to catch fish.

Sun
31
Jan

Under the snow, gardens wait to grow

Under the snow, the gardens wait patiently for spring and another chance to grow. (submitted photo)
Under the snow, the gardens wait patiently for spring and another chance to grow. (submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

Snow falling softly outside, I sit at the kitchen counter, responding to work emails with a stuffy head and a pile of Kleenexes at my side. 
The scene outside is calm and beautiful and I'm able to appreciate the snow now, unlike during a dark drive home from Forest Lake last night on curvy country roads. 

Sun
24
Jan

Beware of intimidation scams

Lori Swanson
Minnesota Attorney General

Some criminals will say almost anything to try to scam people—including threatening arrest, lawsuits, imprisonment, or even physical harm. While the scams take several different forms, the goal is the same—to pressure people to pay money or reveal personal or financial information. Below are a few examples:

Sun
17
Jan

Stupid is as stupid does

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

Frequently during the movie Forrest Gump the namesake says, “Stupid is as stupid does.” When it comes to criminal activity, there is no shortage of proof on You Tube and on cable TV shows that this phrase is true. For example, we see burglars stuck in an airshaft or chimney. We may find such antics funny and almost beyond belief, but such antics can lead to tragedy for others and imprisonment for the perpetrator. Here are just a few cases, but the names have been left out to protect the innocent (and not so innocent) as they used to say on the 1960’s TV show “Dragnet.”

Wed
13
Jan

Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a reminder of respect and tolerance

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sun
10
Jan

Incompetency of criminal defendant’s to proceed to trial

From the Bench

You have probably heard news stories about people who won’t face trial because they are not competent to proceed through the legal process.  This is a different legal issue than when a jury finds someone not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect.

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