Viewpoints

Thu
22
Jan

Calls from your own phone number — how is it possible?

“Shelly” and her family sat down to dinner when the phone rang. Before she answered the call, Shelly looked at the caller ID and saw her own name and phone number! She answered the call and heard a recording that offered to lower her credit card interest rate. Shelly hung up and reported the call to her phone company.

Wed
21
Jan

DNR Q & A: How does the DNR decide whether to aerate a lake to prevent winterkill of fish?

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.  How does the DNR decide whether to aerate a lake to prevent winterkill of fish?

Wed
21
Jan

Energized by great ideas

At the first Senate E-12 Education Policy and Budget Committee hearing of the year, members heard dozens of great recommendations on everything from technology to school facilities to mental health. As Chair of the committee, I felt we needed to hear from our education partners and stakeholders to begin session with a clear idea of what’s needed in our public schools across the state.

Wed
21
Jan

DNR Q & A: What options are available for staying overnight at Minnesota state parks in the winter?

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 options are available for staying overnight at Minnesota state parks in the winter?

Mon
19
Jan

Reuniting Minnesotans with ‘unclaimed property’

Mon
19
Jan

Protect others by staying home when ill

With the state in the midst of a particularly tough influenza season, health officials are urging Minnesotans to protect themselves and others by staying home when they are ill.

Mon
19
Jan

Reforming K-12 Education: Replacing No Child Left Behind

Thirteen years ago last week from a high school in southwestern Ohio, Pre

Wed
14
Jan

It’s in your court: you must respond to jury summons

Thu
08
Jan

DNR Q & A: Insect infestation in trees

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.   When I hiked in the Black Hills of South Dakota recently, I observed the many dying trees related to insect infestation. We take all these precautions when using firewood, but is there cause for concern with Christmas trees being shipped from various places around the nation? It seems like a possible way to spread pests and diseases.

Fri
02
Jan

What you should know about timeshares

Now that the holidays are upon us, many people dream of taking a tropical vacation or spending time near a popular attraction. If you’re shopping for a getaway, you may have considered a timeshare, an arrangement that generally gives you the right to stay at a certain property for a specified amount of time each year. There are more than 1,500 timeshare resorts in the United States, according to the American Resort Development Association, and the average sales price for a unit is more than $20,000. If you’re thinking of spending your free time at one of them, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers this advice.

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