A never-ending sea of tourists descends on French Quarter every year to see its iconic Spanish architecture, sample the local foods and listen to the amazing music. (Mary Lee Hagert/Review)
Surprisingly, the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and catastrophic levee breaks simply was not on my family's radar as we packed our bags in anticipation of an August road trip to New Orleans.
The Gateway Corridor Gold Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is making great progress this summer on environmental work, conceptual design and refinement of the route. In order to create the best transit service possible for this corridor between Saint Paul and Woodbury/Lake Elmo, we need your help. I have already heard from many of you, and I wanted to share answers to some of the most common questions.
The start of the Minnesota State Fair is just around the corner. You can almost smell the sizzle of bratwursts, the corndogs, mini doughnuts, french fry stands and who could forget Martha’s Cookies! I have always loved the excitement of the State Fair – which begins Thursday, Aug. 27 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 7. The Minnesota State Fair is the largest fair in the country by attendance, a few years ago holds the record with 1.8 million visitors – equivalent to about 34 percent of the state’s population. And one more little piece of trivia – did you know that if all the hot dogs sold during the 12 days of the state fair were lined from end to end, it would measure 35 miles?
Fake check scams generally involve a fraudulent check sent to a citizen containing the citizen’s name and address with instructions to deposit the check and send money to a third party. Typically, once the money is sent, the bank determines the check is fake and the citizen is on the hook for the money he or she sent. It can happen like this:
As an independent cosmetics sales consultant with an active online presence, “Amy” was used to accepting checks from customers she did not know personally. So when a customer in Australia placed an order and offered to send a check, Amy agreed. When Amy received the check, however, she noticed that the customer had overpaid by $100. The customer explained that she needed the products right away and asked Amy to wire the overpayment to a third party for expedited shipping services. Amy brought the check to her bank, which determined that it was counterfeit.
Better Business Bureau Minnesota and North Dakota
It’s that time of year when you might get an unexpected knock on your door — especially if you have an older or unpaved parking lot or driveway. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns consumers and business owners that suspect asphalt firms are in the area and trying to rustle up jobs. These operators often go door-to-door claiming they have extra asphalt from a nearby project and they’ll work at a discounted rate. However, the quality of the work is often sub-par and the final bill can sometimes be double — or even many times — the quoted price.
“Acknowledging the physical realities of our planet does not mean a dismal future of endless sacrifice. In fact, acknowledging these realities is the first step in dealing with them. We can meet the resource problems of the world -- water, food, minerals, farmlands, forests, overpopulation, pollution -- if we tackle them with courage and foresight,” – Jimmy Carter