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Tue
01
Jul

Falcon Woods 30th annual parade


The Falcon Woods 30th annual parade takes place at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4.

In 1984, which was the first year of the first Falcon Woods 4th of July parade, I moved into a new housing development in Falcon Heights called “Falcon Woods” with my family.

Sat
28
Jun

Beware of voice phishing—or “vishing”—calls

It is difficult to ignore a ringing telephone. While fraudulent emails and junk mail can be deleted or tossed in the trash, telephone calls are tougher to tune out. And because telephone calls are still considered a secure form of communication, voice phishing scams take advantage of consumers’ trust to steal money and personal information.

Thu
26
Jun

Minnesota ban on triclosan may have broader impact

Although many people have never heard of triclosan, most of us have it in our bodies. Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical that was added to consumer products including soaps and toothpaste several decades ago and marketed as a benefit for users because it could kill bacteria. It was a successful advertising tool, and has been used by so many personal care product companies that for a time, it was difficult to find a liquid hand soap that did not contain triclosan.

Thu
26
Jun

Safe passage for turtles near Big Marine Lake


A newly installed turtle crossing south of Big Marine Park. (submitted photo)

The year after my husband and I bought our first home, the city built a new road between our neighborhood and a small lake just north of us. Within a couple of weeks, the road had become a popular short-cut for drivers looking to avoid busy Hwy 42. One day, early in the summer, I spotted an enormous snapping turtle slowly making her way across the new road toward a scrubby grass area opposite the lake. She was so big that I couldn’t pick her up even after I went home to grab thick gloves; it eventually took three of us, heaving and hauling to get her out of the road and up over the curb so that cars could pass.

Thu
26
Jun

Enjoying the many summertime events in Minnesota

Summertime in Minnesota is filled with fun events for everyone to enjoy. From great places to eat outdoors to wonderful festivals, Minnesotans really know how to make the most of the warm weather months.

Mon
23
Jun

DNR Q & A: What is being done to stop the spread of emerald ash borer in Minnesota?

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 being done to stop the spread of emerald ash borer in Minnesota?
 

 

Mon
23
Jun

Summertime livin’ ain’t easy

You know the kids are home on summer break when you start running out of the food you bought yesterday.
Last week, I went to the cupboard in search of a sweet treat for dessert, and found Thing 1 and Thing 2, who had been out of school less than 36 hours, already had devoured the entire box of snack cakes I had purchased the day before.

Thu
19
Jun

Stopping the nitrogen super-highway


The Minnesota River near St. Paul. (submitted photo)

Down the creaky metal walkway we bounced before climbing aboard the stylishly retro Magnolia Blossom docked at Watergate Marina on the Mississippi River. Each year, the Metro WaterShed Partners, a coalition of more than 60 public, private and non-profit entities in the Twin Cities, sponsors a “floating workshop” to help members connect with one another and learn more about issues impacting the water resources we work so hard to protect. During this year’s tour, WaterShed Partners chose to travel upstream on the Minnesota River to provide a backdrop for discussion about nitrogen in our water and agricultural policy in Minnesota.

Thu
19
Jun

LBJ signs ‘bill of the century’

Fifty years ago on July 2, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which was sometimes called the “bill of the century” and a continuation of President John Kennedy’s initiative.

Thu
19
Jun

DNR Q & A: Does the DNR do anything to control mosquitoes?

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.  Does the DNR do anything to control mosquitoes?
 

 

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