State Rep. Joe Atkins
Most laws we passed this session go into effect August 1st, but a handful of new laws went into effect in Minnesota at midnight July 1. All of these laws passed with bipartisan support. The new two-year state budget also went into effect July 1.
Built in 1902, the newly renovated Rowland Inn has a large lawn that slopes down to a scenic pier on Lake Cayuga. (Pamela O'Meara/Review staff)
Dolls and lakeside mansions
As I leaned back in a rocking chair on the wide veranda of the historic Rowland Inn watching the waves and the sunset over Cayuga Lake in upstate New York, my mind wandered back to a trip to Chicago with my two school-age granddaughters several years ago.
They were obsessed with going to the American Girl doll store, which I had never even heard of. I was thinking about museums.
A boater at Big Carnelian Lake models good behavior. (Submitted photo)
Angie Hong Washington Conservation District
You may not always know where you are, but your phone does. By now, most of us have noticed that our smart phones are extremely effective at tracking our whereabouts. Open a map application, and a pin automatically appears creeping slowly along the road where you are driving. Use the internet to search for a hardware store and the phone will list web links, maps and phone numbers for the three closest to you. Beginning this summer, you might even be surprised to find your phone giving you a reminder as you pull into a local boat launch – clean your boat, before and after getting on the water, to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Every July 4, citizens all across Minnesota and the country celebrate our Independence Day. It’s a day well-known for picnics and fireworks displays; but it’s also the day our ancestors stood up for liberty and asserted ourselves as a free nation. As you celebrate our nation’s birthday, remember the words of the Declaration of Independence:
June has arrived and children are getting out of school, which means more of them will drive without their parents or another adult in the car.
If adding a young driver to your policy is in your future, you need to be ready for the added costs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute reports teen drivers crash three times more often than drivers 20 and older. Traffic crashes are the second leading cause of deaths for Minnesota teens, according to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety. Each year, more than 30 teens (16 to 19) are killed in Minnesota roads.
Better Business Bureau Minnesota and North Dakota
The Better Business Bureau warns area consumers to watch out for a scam involving postcards alerting recipients to "a reward of up to $100 in Gas Savings." These "savings" are allegedly redeemable at Exxon/Mobil, Shell or Sunoco.
However, BBB advises people to pass on this offer, as it appears to be designed by unknown parties solely to gather personal and credit card information — or both. The postcards have no return address but urge people to call an 844 number, which is toll-free.
The Omnibus Education bill passed by the Minnesota legislature on June 13 will affect the way ISD 197 schools operate over the next two years.†The school board met regularly with state legislators this session to defend the interests of students i
Money Management MNCPA
When couples argue, what are they most likely to fight about? You might not be surprised to learn that, according to a Harris Interactive survey on behalf of the American Institute of CPAs, money is the top reason for a marital spat, one that causes disagreements far more frequently than other critical issues. Since dollars and cents are so important to the health of any marriage, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers these do’s and don’ts to help keep couples from falling out over finance.