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Wed
08
Jul

All the pretty gardens

Roger Miller shows Charlie Hong aromatic aster in the garden. (Submitted photo)
Roger Miller shows Charlie Hong aromatic aster in the garden. (Submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

Walking around Roger Miller and Mary Zweber’s yard, you get the impression that the landscape and gardens just happen to be there, which is not to say that they aren’t beautiful, but rather that they appear effortless. Whether it’s the numerous shade gardens, featuring a mix of native woodland plants and common horticultural varieties, or the lush and colorful raingardens spilling out from either side of the driveway, each portion of the yard looks so entirely natural and at home in its surroundings that one can’t help but think, “Yes, of course there is a patch of Canada anemone growing here. What else could there possibly be?”

Tue
07
Jul

DNR Q & A: Steer clear of wild parsnip

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. What common poisonous plants should I avoid while camping and hiking this summer?

 

Sun
05
Jul

Atkins: new laws effective July 1

State Rep. Joe Atkins
District 52B

Most laws we passed this session go into effect August 1st, but a handful of new laws went into effect in Minnesota at midnight July 1. All of these laws passed with bipartisan support. The new two-year state budget also went into effect July 1.

Sun
05
Jul

Upstate NY visit sparks memories of granddaughters' doll obsessions

Built in 1902, the newly renovated Rowland Inn has a large lawn that slopes down to a scenic pier on Lake Cayuga.  (Pamela O'Meara/Review staff)
Built in 1902, the newly renovated Rowland Inn has a large lawn that slopes down to a scenic pier on Lake Cayuga. (Pamela O'Meara/Review staff)

Dolls and lakeside mansions
As I leaned back in a rocking chair on the wide veranda of the historic Rowland Inn watching the waves and the sunset over Cayuga Lake in upstate New York, my mind wandered back to a trip to Chicago with my two school-age granddaughters several years ago.
They were obsessed with going to the American Girl doll store, which I had never even heard of. I was thinking about museums.

Wed
01
Jul

Save the fish, then eat them

A boater at Big Carnelian Lake models good behavior. (Submitted photo)
A boater at Big Carnelian Lake models good behavior. (Submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

You may not always know where you are, but your phone does. By now, most of us have noticed that our smart phones are extremely effective at tracking our whereabouts. Open a map application, and a pin automatically appears creeping slowly along the road where you are driving. Use the internet to search for a hardware store and the phone will list web links, maps and phone numbers for the three closest to you. Beginning this summer, you might even be surprised to find your phone giving you a reminder as you pull into a local boat launch – clean your boat, before and after getting on the water, to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Wed
01
Jul

Why we celebrate July 4

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

Every July 4, citizens all across Minnesota and the country celebrate our Independence Day. It’s a day well-known for picnics and fireworks displays; but it’s also the day our ancestors stood up for liberty and asserted ourselves as a free nation. As you celebrate our nation’s birthday, remember the words of the Declaration of Independence:

Wed
01
Jul

Adding a teen to auto insurance? Brace yourself

Money Management
MNCPA

June has arrived and children are getting out of school, which means more of them will drive without their parents or another adult in the car.
If adding a young driver to your policy is in your future, you need to be ready for the added costs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute reports teen drivers crash three times more often than drivers 20 and older. Traffic crashes are the second leading cause of deaths for Minnesota teens, according to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety. Each year, more than 30 teens (16 to 19) are killed in Minnesota roads.

Tue
30
Jun

Shady postcard scams hit state

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota
The Better Business Bureau warns area consumers to watch out for a scam involving postcards alerting recipients to "a reward of up to $100 in Gas Savings." These "savings" are allegedly redeemable at Exxon/Mobil, Shell or Sunoco.
However, BBB advises people to pass on this offer, as it appears to be designed by unknown parties solely to gather personal and credit card information — or both. The postcards have no return address but urge people to call an 844 number, which is toll-free.

Mon
29
Jun

DNR Q & A: Do many critters live in Minnesota caves?

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. Other than bats, what types of wildlife are found in Minnesota caves?

 

Mon
29
Jun

How legislation affects ISD 197 students

School Board Member  Matthew Klein ISD 197
School Board Member Matthew Klein ISD 197

The Omnibus Education bill passed by the Minnesota legislature on June 13 will affect the way ISD 197 schools operate over the next two years.†The school board met regularly with state legislators this session to defend the interests of students i

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