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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.

Tue
05
Jan

Salting the earth


(submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

When the City of Carthage fell at the end of the Third Punic War, 146 BC, victorious Romans pulled Phoenecian ships out of the harbor and set them on fire before moving through the city, house to house, rounding up and selling 50,000 people into slavery. Then they set the city on fire. As a final insult before they left, it is said that the Roman soldiers sprinkled salt upon the ground to ensure that nothing could ever grow there again.

Sun
03
Jan

Preventing financial infidelity in your relationship

Money Management
MNCPA

The recent Ashley Madison hack may have revealed some interesting things about extramarital affairs. However, there are far less obvious forms of infidelity that can be equally damaging to a relationship, one of which is financial infidelity. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) advises you how to identify the causes of and prevent financial infidelity in your relationship.

Wed
23
Dec

Happy to be on board

Christine Osorio
Christine Osorio

The 2015-16 school year is off to a great start! Our 10,660 young scholars are engaged in rigorous coursework led by dedicated faculty and staff.

Wed
23
Dec

Creating a better student testing system in Minnesota

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

The issue of too much student testing has recently come under a spotlight, both in Minnesota and across the country. We know that testing is important, but there are several issues under fire in the current discussion. First, how much time should be dedicated to preparing for and taking tests. Secondly, what kind of learning is being assessed. This column lays out the issues under consideration in Minnesota, and how decisions being made on the federal level have a direct impact on our students here at home.

Tue
22
Dec

DNR Q & A: If it ever snows...

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:

Q. With winter in the air, folks are getting ready to ride their snowmobiles. What training is required to legally operate a snowmobile?

 

Tue
22
Dec

BBB tips on shopping with your smartphone

More and more people are quickly becoming comfortable completing purchases on their smartphones. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), one in five consumers who own smartphones will use them to make an online purchase this holiday season. Though it might be convenient, there are risks with sharing financial information in this manner. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers tips for those who use or are considering using their smartphones to shop online.

Tue
15
Dec

DNR Q & A: Prairie grazing?

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:

Q. Herds of bison once roamed and grazed the prairie. Can cattle grazing provide similar benefits to Minnesota’s remaining prairie habitat?

 

Tue
15
Dec

A cup of memories

Mug drawing by Jean Hagert Dow
Mug drawing by Jean Hagert Dow

On a gray, drizzly Saturday afternoon one December long ago, I was cramming for college finals when a jangling phone interrupted the quiet of my dorm room.
The caller, my 10-year-old brother, Jim, breathlessly said he had just finished the difficult task of going door-to-door collecting money from the subscribers on his newspaper route.
After setting aside the amount he owed our hometown paper, he announced with pride that his earnings were just over a dollar in coins. He intended to spend "the whole wad" on a surprise Christmas gift for Mom.

Sun
13
Dec

Child visitation for the holidays

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

Now that we are in the holiday season, that is, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, it’s probably time to, once again, make some comments on child holiday visitation or “parenting time.” Many children of divorced parents will be happily splitting the holidays between their loving and cooperating parents. Other children become the focus of the annual ritual, that is, the “fight” over which parent is entitled to have the child with them for Christmas. One would think rational parents could resolve these issues, but unfortunately during the two weeks before Christmas our court will likely see several such disputes make it on the court calendar. Some parents go so far as to retain a lawyer and bring an “emergency motion” to resolve the issue.

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