Columns

Thu
20
Mar

Beware of tax-related ID theft, other scams

Whether you’re expecting a refund or owe money to Uncle Sam, tax season marks a good time to become familiar with tax-related identity theft and other scams. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration estimates 1.6 million Americans were victims of such theft in the first six months of 2013, an increase from 1.2 million in all of 2012.
Don’t let this happen to you. Be on alert for these common scams:

Thu
20
Mar

Water, water everywhere, but not a drip in the sink

The Land of 10,000 Lakes actually contains more than 12,000 lakes and 92,000 miles of streams and rivers. In addition, Minnesota boasts an abundance of ground water resources.
Fresh water supplies such as these are essential to our quality of life in many ways. Water is a necessity for human health as well as the health of crops, livestock and other living organisms. Water is also required to produce energy and manufacture countless products. Although freshwater is plentiful in Minnesota, it is not limitless. Conservation efforts today will help ensure a future with abundant water resources.

Tue
18
Mar

Spring tips for official clean water

Spring is a challenging time for our lakes, rivers and wetlands.  Snowmelt and rain wash many pollutants into these water bodies.  Because the ground is still frozen, water cannot be absorbed or infiltrate the ground. Instead rain and melting snow act like a water hose, washing the landscape free of sand, salt and debris.

Mon
17
Mar

What Were They Thinking?

There is a column appearing in major newspapers entitled “News of the Weird.” The stories are about people who do amazingly stupid things which cause us to think, ‘what were they thinking?’ Often these stories involve lawsuits, crimes, lawyers and judges. Here are a few recent stories in the media that involve people in the judicial system.

Fri
14
Mar

Focus needs to be on families, businesses

Thu
13
Mar

Infrastructure, Springbrook Nature Center are priorities

As the 2014 Legislative Session convened Feb. 25, a main focus of this short session will be passing a bonding bill for much needed construction and repairs for our buildings, roads, and bridges. There are other issues at hand that I will also address, and I am confident about this legislative session.

Tue
11
Mar

Just married? Expecting a baby?

Social Security can help smooth the paperwork
The Social Security program treats all workers - men and women - exactly the same in terms of the benefits they can receive.
But women may want to familiarize themselves with what the program means to them in their particular circumstances. Understanding the benefits may mean the difference between living more comfortably vs. just getting by in retirement.

Mon
10
Mar

Will prom be a night you will never forget, a tragic one?

Despite all the snow and bitter cold, springtime in Minnesota is just ahead, really! The time of floods, muddy yards, reconnecting with neighbors, throwin’ around the old baseball, and preparing for PROM. Springtime is the time when teens begin to drive more and are involved in activities like PROM which often involve illegal alcohol use and driving. Spring begins the time of year traffic experts have designated the ‘100 deadliest days’ for teens. Year-round nearly every 7 days in Minnesota a teen driver dies in an auto wreck. I have written about this each spring and do so again due to the importance of this issue.

Thu
06
Mar

Roads, bridges and jobs in the Northeast Metro

Great news for the Northeast Metro!  MNDOT recently notified us that the “Managed lanes” designated for I-694 between Rice Street and Lexington would now be scheduled for construction as extra lanes without restriction.

Thu
06
Mar

The 2014 Legislative Session is here

Hold on to your hats. The 2014 Legislative Session is off and running at a fast clip. Over the next three months we will be working on several issues that will shape the future of our state. I encourage you to engage in the process and follow the topics important to you and your families. Your opinion is important to me and I appreciate hearing constructive thoughts on any legislative topic.

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