Viewpoints

Thu
29
May

Beware student-loan assistance scams

Student loan debt in the United States now tops $1 trillion and is the second largest form of consumer debt, second only to home mortgage debt.
With many recent graduates struggling to find jobs and the amount of student debt rising, the student loan assistance industry--and the opportunity for scams--has grown.

Thu
29
May

DNR Q & A: Where do Minnesota’s loons spend 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.  Where do Minnesota’s loons spend the winter?
 

 

Thu
29
May

Rhubarb in New Brighton

For the past 30 years, an interesting alliance has been underway. The alliance was started to keep an image alive, an image of a farm, and of rhubarb that grew and was harvested on that farm. The farm became New Brighton’s Long Lake Park. It was a matter of historical significance.

Sun
25
May

Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

For many of us in Minnesota, the Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, an opportunity to enjoy warm weather after a long winter. It is, of course, more than that.
Memorial Day originated following the costliest war in our history in terms of loss of life: the Civil War. This day is not about wars won and lost, medals awarded, or those of us who served. Freedom is not free, and Memorial Day is the time to honor those who have paid for our freedoms through their ultimate sacrifice.

Tue
20
May

Five ways to save on moving costs

About 36 million people, or 11.7 percent of Americans, moved between 2012 and 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you’re in the process of moving, you’re probably juggling a lot of tasks, including worrying about the potentially high costs. The Minnesota Society of CPAs offers these five tips for saving when relocating.

Tue
20
May

It’s in your court: pedestrian laws

Spring is finally here, so we look forward once again to walking, running, jogging and biking. It seems in our state, however, there is far less compliance than in other states with traffic laws intended to protect pedestrians.

Mon
19
May

DNR Q & A: What is the difference between a steelhead and a rainbow trout?

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 is the difference between a steelhead and a rainbow trout?
 

 

Mon
19
May

Juries in the Age of Twitter

The explosion of social networking and the ability of each of us to access billions of pieces of information and connect with literally millions of individuals over the Internet can be viewed as beneficial to society as a whole.  But technology advances much faster than our system of laws and the rules of the judicial system can react or accommodate them. 

Sun
18
May

Providing protection for cell phone owners

Following a rash of assaults on the University of Minnesota campus and the nation-wide increase in stolen cell phones and other portable devices, the Senate set out this session to find legislation that would offer cell phone owners some new protections. After working with college students, law enforcement and college campus leaders, two bills emerged as possible answers.

Sat
17
May

A deadly place


This old cell block at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary is spooky and has a checkered past. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Chairs in the gas chamber at the old Missouri State Penitentiary had holes to allow the lethal gas to rise from a bucket below. On a few occasions, two people were executed at the same time. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

As I write this, people around the world are talking about the botched execution of a death-row inmate in Oklahoma on April 22. Less noticed was an execution of a man in Missouri the following day - the same day I toured the historic Missouri State Penitentiary, including the gas chamber, and learned that being gassed was ordinarily the most painful death an inmate could experience.

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