Viewpoints

Thu
19
Jun

Save money on your vacation

Are you planning to take a family vacation this summer? If so, it could become a pricey proposition. For those Americans with summer vacation plans, 41 percent expect to pay an average of $3,000 for transportation, lodging, meals, activities, entertainment and pet care, according to a new telephone survey conducted for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The Minnesota Society of CPAs offers some tips on how you can set a budget for and hold down the cost of a family trip while still having an enjoyable break.

Tue
17
Jun

50th reunion brings back memories of war, music, social change

In September 1963, 17 enthusiastic students began their final year of high school in Barrett, Minnesota, with one goal in mind: to graduate.

Tue
10
Jun

The risks of ignoring traffic citations, legal notices and court orders

In ancient times those who did not pay their creditors could be imprisoned until the debt was paid.  In 2014 we do not have debtor’s prison, despite the insinuations of media reports. In Minnesota in 2014, no one goes to jail just for not paying a debt or because there is a money judgment against them.

Tue
10
Jun

Creative Collaboration benefits students at two East Side institutions


Metro State University student Nathan Fell gave a science demonstration to Battle Creek Middle School students as part of Battle Creek’s effort to encourage college awareness and interest. Participating students include front to back, Kong Xiong,†Emily Xiong,†Mariah Givens,†Mao Yang,†and Hamdi Isse. Sitting in the chair is Joemian Alexis. (photo courtesy of Joe Nathan)

Things have changed dramatically from ten years ago, when most students didn’t start thinking seriously about college until they were high school juniors and seniors.

Tue
10
Jun

Renter’s Credit: ‘Moving in the right direction’

After a decade of skyrocketing property taxes, the DFL-led Legislature took action last year, passing $133 million in direct property tax relief for homeowners and renters.

Tue
10
Jun

Congress must renew commitment to children with disabilities

One of the reasons I came to Congress was to ensure promises made are promises kept ó especially for those in the most need.
In 1975, Congress pledged to provide critical federal investments to aid states and school districts in meeting their obligations to students with special needs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorized federal funding up to 40 percent of the additional cost of educating students with disabilities. Yet, Republicans and Democrats alike have repeatedly failed to keep that promise.

Tue
03
Jun

Keeping a lid on wedding costs

Can you have a memorable wedding day without breaking the bank? Absolutely. Even though the average wedding costs nearly $30,000, according to TheKnot.com, many happy couples have joyous celebrations for far less money. If you’re planning your own nuptials, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers this advice on how to be frugal and still have a festive occasion.

Tue
03
Jun

End of an era at Crazy Horse Memorial


This model of the finished Chief Crazy Horse sculpture shows visitors what Korczak Ziolkowski envisioned when he began his decades-long project in the Black Hills of South Dakota. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

As I read the obituary of Ruth Ziolkowski last week, I recalled meeting her four years ago at the Crazy Horse Memorial on top of Thunderhead Mountain in the Black Hills outside Rapid City, South Dakota, where she was managing the development of th

Fri
30
May

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to everyone graduating from high school, college and vocational school. This is an exciting milestone in your life that required many hours of hard work and dedication and I salute you for those efforts. It is time to celebrate on your wonderful achievement, reflect on what got you here and look forward to what your future holds.

Fri
30
May

Native plants keep bees buzzing

Across the nation, an epidemic is underway. Beekeepers are losing 30 to 50 percent of their hives each year as the colonies collapse due to disease, lack of habitat, and pesticide applications. Last year bee keepers in Iowa lost 70 percent of their colonies; at Blake School in Minneapolis, a student initiative to raise and learn about bees came to a screeching halt last September when 60,000 bees died overnight due to a pesticide application near the school.

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