Columns

Sat
11
May

Both the forest and the trees

Washington Conservation District (WCD) first began its tree program 35 years ago in 1978. One can imagine farmers and homeowners across the county tucking spindly, bare-root seedlings into the soil and wondering when, and if, the trees would grow large enough to shade the ground and block the wind. It was an awful lot of work to do for trees that would take years to grow.

Sat
11
May

Minnesotans need property tax relief

The last decade has seen an enormous increase in property taxes throughout the state.
Since 2003, rates have increased by 86 percent. This is an ever growing burden on the middle class.
Property taxes are regressive. They are not based on one’s ability to pay, but rather on where one lives.

Fri
10
May

When in doubt, don’t give it out

Scams and crooked deals are everywhere today, often where we least expect it. When you’re home answering the phone, browsing the Internet, checking the mail, or opening your door, scam artists and fraudulent operators look for ways to get your Social Security number and other private information. At every turn, you can protect yourself by following one easy principle. If someone contacts you and claims to need your private information, think twice and remember: when in doubt, don’t give it out.

Fri
10
May

Arson causes millions of dollars in damage annually

Arson destroys more than buildings, it can devastate a community. 
Over the past 23 years arson fires have caused 56 deaths and more than $333.7 million in property damage in Minnesota. During National Arson Awareness Week – May 5 -11 – State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl wants to focus public attention on a crime that affects every Minnesotan.  

Fri
10
May

Plenty of ballpark chatter

Now that I’ve become one myself, I have a deeper appreciation for Little League coaches. It wasn’t until this spring that I realized a youth baseball coach isn’t so much a coach as he is a wrangler of howler monkeys.

Thu
09
May

Putting our kids on the path to the world’s best workforce

It’s an honor to be a part of this historic education session in the Minnesota Legislature. Our education budget invests in our future and sets the goal of building the world’s best workforce. A world-class education system is the gateway to a world-class economy. 

Thu
02
May

Online short-term loans may get you in deeper

“Payday” lending and short-term consumer loans have nearly doubled in the past five years, reaching a high of 350,000 in 2011.
Minnesotans may turn to payday-lending companies to make ends meet during difficult economic times, but the Department of Commerce urges consumers to beware if committing to a payday loan online.

Wed
01
May

After the Party – DWI Basics in Minnesota

“What a party,” you think as you drive yourself home.
Suddenly the night sky is filled with flashing red and blue lights and you worry that you may be in trouble. Did you drink too much to be driving legally?
DWI law confuses a lot of people. The name itself is confusing. DWI is sometimes called DUI. But in Minnesota the acronyms DWI (meaning “driving while intoxicated”) and DUI (meaning “driving while under the influence”) are used interchangeably. Each refers to the laws that prohibit someone from driving, operating, or being in physical control of a motor vehicle when they have had too much alcohol to drink.

Wed
01
May

Climate change requires bold response

With the growing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and virtually the entire scientific community expressing deep concerns about human-caused climate change, our energy policies appear to be racing towards a climate cliff, driven by those who profit from our consumption of fossil fuels.

Mon
29
Apr

Your legal rights: how to assert your rights as a consumer

Most companies understand that it is usually beneficial to try to find a solution to a consumer’s concerns. Companies don’t want unhappy consumers to complain and use a competitor’s service or product. Keep in mind the following points when filing a complaint about a product or service with a business.

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