Viewpoints

Mon
01
Jun

Fifty things that got done

Below is rundown of what got done, what didn't, what got messed up, and what was intentionally delayed in the 2015 legislative session. While this is a lengthy update, it is not an exhaustive list of everything that got passed this session.

Sun
31
May

‘Cramming’ phone victims may be eligible for refunds

Most people don’t know that their cell-phone bill can be used like a credit card—with third party companies placing charges for unrelated services or merchandise on the phone bill.  
As a result, people are surprised when they find charges on their phone bill for unrelated and unwanted merchandise or services. This practice—by which unauthorized charges are placed on a person’s phone bill—is known as “cramming.”

Wed
27
May

Reflections on Memorial Day

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die." — President Dwight Eisenhower

Tue
26
May

5 tips to pay off student loan debt

Money Management
MNCPA

Choosing an early withdrawal from your IRA can be a costly move, often resulting in unfavorable consequences such as tax penalties and loss of future growth. In an effort to discourage the early collection of designated retirement money during taxpayers’ working years, Uncle Sam imposes a 10-percent penalty in addition to one’s regular tax bill. A withdrawal made earlier than age 59½ could qualify for such a penalty unless an available exemption criterion is met.

Sun
24
May

Speak up about buckling up

Leslie McMurray
Director, Payne Phalen District Council

On Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 some 85 residents, business owners and public partners convened for the 2015 Payne Phalen District Five Planning Council Annual Meeting. The meeting was convened by Board President Darlene Adams who spoke of the forty years of District Five's active presence and influence in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood. District Five is governed by a 21-member community-elected Board and Directors serve 3-year terms. Seven open 3-year term seats and one partial 2-year term were filled at the Annual Meeting.

Sun
24
May

At the old ballgame

There’s nothing like a trip to the old ballgame to make a guy feel, well, old.

I attended a Milwaukee Brewers-Chicago Cubs game recently, and found spending an afternoon with the boys of summer made me feel like an old man. And it wasn’t just because I had to stretch between innings to stave off lower back stiffness.

Nor is it merely because I, at 41, am older than all the players. It’s because I’m 20 years older than some of the players.

Sun
24
May

Battle Creek 8th graders work for cleaner water


Bryan Boreen
Battle Creek Middle School science teacher

Creek and community cleanup was the April 29 class agenda for a number of 8th grade science student at Battle Creek Middle School.

Sun
24
May

5 tips to pay off student loan debt

Money Management
MNCPA

Choosing an early withdrawal from your IRA can be a costly move, often resulting in unfavorable consequences such as tax penalties and loss of future growth. In an effort to discourage the early collection of designated retirement money during taxpayers’ working years, Uncle Sam imposes a 10-percent penalty in addition to one’s regular tax bill. A withdrawal made earlier than age 59½ could qualify for such a penalty unless an available exemption criterion is met.

Wed
20
May

Districts should be reimbursed for test glitches

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

The State Senate is scrambling to try to help school districts after yet more problems for schools trying to give students the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment.
The statewide student testing system used to administer the MCA’s test has failed repeatedly throughout this spring’s testing season. First there were technological problems administering the test, then testing was halted for a suspected hacking attempt.

Wed
20
May

Neonicotinoid Pesticides – Bad News for Pollinators

Actara, Platinum, Helix, Cruiser, Adage, Meridian, Centric, Flagship, Poncho, Titan, Clutch, Belay, Arena, Confidor, Merit, Admire, Ledgend, Pravado, Encore, Goucho, Premise, Assail, Intruder, Adjust and Calypso – clever names for deadly products. This partial list of neonicotinoid broad-spectrum pesticides are available for private and/or commercial use in Minnesota. Current research shows these products – in very small quantities – are deadly to many insects – and most alarmingly, also to our much needed and valued pollinators.

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