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Thu
11
Dec

DNR reminds parents of ice danger to children

A mix of warm and cold weather across Minnesota has created inconsistent ice on lakes, rivers and ponds.

Thu
11
Dec

Fruit source all dried up for winter?

Want to avoid getting sick this winter?
Keep your immune system up and running by making sure your diet is full of essential vitamins and minerals. One of the best ways to accomplish this is with a variety of fruit in your diet. Fruit is full of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are great for keeping your body healthy. But what do you do if fresh fruit isn’t always available?
Once winter rolls around, fruit seems to take the back burner in our everyday diet. It can be hard to find fresh fruit in a cold environment like Minnesota, but there are ways to still get the fruit you need.

 

Mon
08
Dec

It’s in your court: What is alternative dispute resolution?

Over the past month the news has been filled with coverage of the NFL’s discipline of players Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice and the review of that discipline by an arbitrator.  Professional athletes have contracts providing that disputes be submitted to binding arbitration, which is generally outside of the judicial system and not appealable to a court.  You probably have an arbitration provision in your health insurance contract, auto insurance contract or credit card contract.

Sat
06
Dec

Wearing high heels in the winter and other things you shouldn’t do

Rule of thumb: if this much salt is left over after the ice melts, you’ve used too much.
Rule of thumb: if this much salt is left over after the ice melts, you’ve used too much. (Submitted photo)

One night recently, I had an experience that most women will be familiar with – a fashion crisis. I was scheduled to be a panelist at a roundtable discussion the next day and struggling to find an outfit that would be professional, look good, and yet still allow me to wear flat boots that would keep me warm and upright while walking several blocks from my car to the building the next morning.

Thu
04
Dec

Setting the stage for a growing economy

As Minnesota continues to make job gains – October’s unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent—communities across the state are thriving.  The Department of Employment and Economic Development announced recently that Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in October.
Over the past three months the state has added an impressive 28,300 jobs. This impressive growth has contributed to Minnesota’s recent recognition as one of the best states in the country for business growth.

 

Mon
01
Dec

Giving To Charities—Know the Facts

This is a time of year that many Minnesotans are thinking about making a donation to a charity. Minnesotans have a history of being generous with both their time and their money to help others.

Mon
01
Dec

It’s in your court: heading toward prison unabated

The famous poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost ends with “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” When it comes to criminal court, many offenders could be said to take the path often-traveled, the path from juvenile delinquency to misdemeanor offenses to gross misdemeanor offenses, and eventually to felonies and prison.

Mon
01
Dec

Avoiding not-so-jolly holiday scams

It’s the beginning of the holiday season, a time when family and friends come together to celebrate. The bad news is that this is also when thieves of all kinds are trying a variety of scams. To help you keep the sparkle in your holidays, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers this advice on scams to avoid so you can keep the season merry.

Fri
28
Nov

Prepare for chocolate panic

This is a topic I hesitate to broach, because we all know how nutso American consumers can get, especially at holiday time.
The last thing I want to do is incite looting, hoarding or the kind of violence that broke out over Tickle Me Elmo. I believe in peace on Earth and goodwill toward men, unless you're standing between me and the last Xbox One, in which case you're about to be pistol-whipped with the nearest pricing gun.

Mon
24
Nov

Why are judges so opinionated?

Judges are so “opinionated” because in most civil cases they are required to detail the factual basis and legal reasoning for their decision in a written opinion.  
In the vast majority of criminal cases, other than pretrial motions to suppress evidence or dismiss a criminal charge or a court trial on the charge, the judge is not required to file “findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order,” the explanation for the judge’s decision.

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