Viewpoints

Sun
29
Mar

At the edge of the nest

Signs of spring abound here in late March. Robins are returning and children are riding bikes around the neighborhood, where Old Man Bromley is using his first bonfire of the year to destroy all evidence of his doomed NCAA tournament bracket. Neighbors eager to let fresh air inside suddenly shut their windows to block out the smell of charred paper and the sound of my exasperated cursing.

Wed
25
Mar

Timeshare resale scams persist

“Pete and Julie” were desperate to sell their timeshare.  They rarely used it and the fees kept rising. When a “broker” called and claimed her client was interested in buying, Pete and Julie were eager to know the details.  Pete and Julie hesitated when the broker asked them to pay a fee for the sale expenses, but the broker insisted that her client was anxious to close the sale and the money would be refunded.

Sun
22
Mar

The Top 11 Capitol myths

State Rep. Joe Atkins
District 52B

Below are the 11 most common myths about what happens at the Minnesota state Capitol. Reality surprises a lot of people.

Sun
22
Mar

It’s in your court: Kickin’ the can down the road?

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

Recently a citizen I know who has run a business and served in political office observed one of our criminal court sessions.
The citizen said, “Not much happened, just continuing cases two or three months.”
The intimation was that a lot of tax dollars are going to waste because not much is being accomplished at these court appearances.

 

Wed
18
Mar

DNR Q & A: What can I do to prevent the spread of invasive species when I’m out on the trails this spring?

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 can I do to prevent the spread of invasive species when I’m out on the trails this spring?

 

Mon
16
Mar

DNR Q & A: Which fish species are the first to spawn in Minnesota lakes during the spring?

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. Which fish species are the first to spawn in Minnesota lakes during the spring?

 

Thu
12
Mar

Local residents stampede fairgrounds during rain barrel and tree sale

Even this Lego house has a rain barrel. You can purchase one of your own at the Washington Conservation District’s annual tree and rain barrel sale on April 24 and 25. (submitted photo)
Even this Lego house has a rain barrel. You can purchase one of your own at the Washington Conservation District’s annual tree and rain barrel sale on April 24 and 25. (submitted photo)

At 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 – Lake Elmo area police are called to the Washington County Fairgrounds after a crowd of local residents swarms conservation district staff during their annual tree and rain barrel sale. Witnesses report that a woman in a tan station wagon leapt out of her car yelling, “No more winter, ever, ever again!” Shortly thereafter, people began jostling one another as they raced to scoop up bundles of trees, rain barrels and compost bins. One man tripped over a weed wrench as he rushed to ask a master gardener about emerald ash borer, and in the ensuing confusion, a rack of informative brochures was knocked to the ground.

Thu
12
Mar

Tree care: oak wilt

Over the past few decades tree diseases such as chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, and white pine blister rust have received large amounts of attention for their destructive nature and detrimental effects. In many areas, large, beautiful boulevard trees lining city streets have been removed in an attempt to slow the spread of such diseases. Another disease that has become increasingly recognized recently, even though it has been around a long time, is oak wilt.

Wed
11
Mar

Are body cameras the answer for public safety?

The advent of computers, smart phones and high-speed internet has allowed us to go places, see things and learn in completely new ways. Technology has also allowed us an interesting view into the world of public safety. The 21st century has introduced us to police officers who can wear body cameras, and record incidents as they happen, helping bring truth and transparency to situations that frequently come with only one point of view.

Wed
11
Mar

New study shows drug courts’ impact

Minnesota Judicial Branch
 

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