Viewpoints

Tue
29
Jul

DNR Q & A: How many watercraft inspectors are hired to check for invasive species?

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.   How many watercraft inspectors does the DNR hire to check for invasive species?

 

 

Tue
29
Jul

‘City girl’ goes camping


This is how camping made my younger brother Karl and me feel circa 1996. Our exposure to nature must have scrambled our brains. (photo by Johanna Holub/Review)

Jake, an accomplished cook, proudly made eggs and sausages in his beloved cast iron pan both mornings we camped at Lake Maria State Park. (photo by Johanna Holub/Review)

As part of our “We graduated high school!” road trip, six of us “city girls” camped out at a KOA to save money on lodging. Here we are with the fire we built ourselves, getting eaten not by bears, but mosquitos. (Photo courtesy of Caryn Thor)

By all definitions, I am a suburbanite. I’ve lived in New Brighton my whole life, all my friends live in surrounding municipalities, and the majority of my activities take place in very suburban areas.

Thu
24
Jul

Talk to teens about driving -- it may be a lifesaver

The ultimate goal when our kids start driving is to ensure their safety and the safety of others. That starts with establishing expectations. The good news is that by setting boundaries, we are making the roads safer for everyone.

Thu
24
Jul

Beware of sweepstakes scams

Most sweepstakes scams have a few things in common. They claim that the recipient has won, or is about to win, a large cash prize. And they try to get the recipient to pay money, often supposedly to claim the bogus prize.
Don’t play along. The perpetrators of sweepstakes scams are fly-by-night operators who conceal their identity to avoid detection. Once your money is sent, it is usually lost for good. It can happen like this:

Mon
21
Jul

Judicial Review: the approaches at issue

The role of the courts has received a lot of attention following hearings at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the law commonly known as “Obamacare.” Many, including the President, have discussed something called “judicial review.” Judicial review refers to a power held by the courts to decide if a law violates the Constitution or not. If the law violates the Constitution, the courts will “strike down” the law declaring it invalid.

Tue
15
Jul

Easy ways to stay cool, save energy

As we enter the hot days of summer with temperatures over 90 degrees, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources reminds consumers of some simple no-cost or low-cost energy-saving tips to help keep cool, conserve energy, an

Mon
14
Jul

DNR Q & A: Is there commercial fishing in Minnesota?

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.   Is there commercial fishing in Minnesota?
 

 

Thu
10
Jul

DNR Q & A: What are the reasons for removing dams?

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 are the reasons for removing dams, and what role does the DNR play in this process?
 

 

Thu
10
Jul

A plea for sane lawn watering

Remember back in grade school when the kid in front of you at the drinking fountain would slurp away for what seemed like an eternity until finally someone screamed, “Save some for the whales!?” Well, I’m betting that kid grew up, bought a house with a big lawn, and programmed his automatic sprinklers to go off every other day, regardless of whether it is raining or not. He’s probably sitting in his living room right now, watching the rain slide down the window panes as the sprinklers rhythmically pulse outside, and thinking, “Ain’t no one going to tell me to turn off the water now.” I mean, there has to be a logical explanation for people who water their lawns in the rain, right?

Thu
10
Jul

Extradition & the long-arm of the law

“You can’t outrun the long-arm of the law.” That was a popular refrain from a Kenny Rogers song from many years ago.  Fugitives from justice can understand the idea of the long-arm of the law through a legal process known as extradition. Extradition deals with one State returning someone to another State to stand trial or to be sentenced in a criminal court action.

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