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Mon
27
Oct

Halloween's disappearance is scary

I used to rant when stores broke out their Christmas merchandise the day after Halloween. Now those seem like the good old days.
As my nine loyal readers know, I don't think the Christmas season should start until the day after Thanksgiving. As much as I love yuletide cheer, I don't think we need more than a month to celebrate - and shop for — Christmas. That's three weeks and six days more than any man needs.

Sat
25
Oct

A day to ‘Make a Difference’

On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of Americans and thousands of Minnesotans will unite to do good for others on Make A Difference Day. The nation’s largest day of community service has been celebrated for more than 20 years.  
Originally started by USA WEEKEND Magazine in collaboration with Points of Light, an organization dedicated to volunteer service, Make A Difference Day is about volunteers coming together regardless of age, location or resources who accomplish great things when they take on the problems in their communities.

Sat
25
Oct

Ten good reasons to settle your divorce

American readers love lists, so many books and magazines have lists of the top 10, or top 100, best ways to fame and fortune, lose weight, find your soulmate, etc. Check out the covers of magazines and you will see “Top 10 Ways to Fantastic Abs” or “Hundred Places to Visit Before You Die” or “50 Best Apps for Your Smartphone.”

Sat
25
Oct

Goosey goosey gander

There’s a chill in the air at night, crispy leaves accumulating on the lawn, and now and then, a long V of Canada geese heading south for the winter appears. When Europeans first settled the United States, early naturalists revered the Canada goose as a symbol of the wild north. By the early 1900’s, however, goose populations were in jeopardy due to over-hunting and habitat loss. In fact, people actually thought that the giant Canada goose, one of the seven subspecies, was extinct until 1962, when a small flock was found overwintering in Rochester, MN. Today, biologists estimate that there are more than 5 million Canada geese in North America and, according to Duck Unlimited,1.6 million giant Canada geese traverse the Mississippi River flyway each year.

Fri
24
Oct

Warning: off-leash dog park open to Larpenteur Avenue

Don't let him drink lake water -- green algae could kill him. Don't let him eat mushrooms in the lawn -- they could poison him. Don't let him play in the tall grass -- he could pick up a deer tick.
As a first-time dog owner, I was on high alert this summer. I'll admit that my level of concern dropped significantly once it reached the "things that will be uncomfortable for him to pass" portion of the danger list. But in all seriousness, my husband and I were really looking forward to getting outside -- albeit cautiously -- and exploring our new neighborhood with Hank, our 10-month-old Husky.

Fri
24
Oct

Health care reform and your small business

What has the Affordable Care Act meant to your business so far? When it was first passed, many small business owners were concerned about new complexities and potential added costs and disruptions to their business operations. Now that important provisions of the law have been in force for a while, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers a review of some of the highlights and some timely advice.

Thu
16
Oct

DNR Q & A: Why does this year seem to be particularly good for fall colors?

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.   Why does this year seem to be particularly good for fall colors?

Thu
16
Oct

Nightmare on Trick-or-Treat Street

"Prevent Halloween From Becoming a Spooky Nightmare" urges the headline of the press release from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Thu
16
Oct

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence has been much in focus in the past month because of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson incidents. Every day in every district court in Minnesota, judges hear cases involving domestic violence.  It could be a hearing for an order for protection against a spouse or significant other, or a criminal charge of domestic assault, or even a juvenile delinquency petition against a minor for assaulting a household member. Domestic violence touches thousands of homes in Minnesota every day, including where you live.

Mon
13
Oct

This play wasn't that baaaaaad

I don't know what it says about me that watching a dream come true involved me donning a sheep costume and getting mounted. I'll leave that to mental health professionals. But I will say that seeing characters I created come to life before my eyes, to the delight of audiences, was a thrill.

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