Viewpoints

Mon
15
Dec

Water, water everywhere, but ...

When the White Bear Lake Restoration Association and the White Bear Lake Homeowners’ Association sued the DNR two years ago over declining lake levels, very few expected the settlement that was reached this week between the two parties.  This rift between not only these associations and the DNR, but also between commercial developers and life-long residents are very complicated.   

Thu
11
Dec

It’s in your court: don’t be a Grinch

Here come the holidays, so it’s probably timely to again make some comments on child holiday visitation or “parenting time.” Many children of divorced parents will be happily splitting the holidays between their loving and cooperating parents. Other children become the focus of the annual ritual, that is, the “fight” over which parent is entitled to have the child with them for Christmas. One would think rational parents could resolve these issues, but unfortunately during the  two weeks before Christmas, our court will likely see several such disputes make it on the court calendar. Some parents go so far as to retain a lawyer and bring an “emergency motion” to resolve the issue, basically asking the judge to “play Solomon.”

Thu
11
Dec

DNR Q & A: Do bald eagles in Minnesota migrate for the winter?

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.   I noticed the DNR eagle cam is back online. Do bald eagles in Minnesota migrate for the winter, or do they stay on their summer nests?

Thu
11
Dec

DNR reminds parents of ice danger to children

A mix of warm and cold weather across Minnesota has created inconsistent ice on lakes, rivers and ponds.

Thu
11
Dec

Fruit source all dried up for winter?

Want to avoid getting sick this winter?
Keep your immune system up and running by making sure your diet is full of essential vitamins and minerals. One of the best ways to accomplish this is with a variety of fruit in your diet. Fruit is full of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are great for keeping your body healthy. But what do you do if fresh fruit isn’t always available?
Once winter rolls around, fruit seems to take the back burner in our everyday diet. It can be hard to find fresh fruit in a cold environment like Minnesota, but there are ways to still get the fruit you need.

 

Mon
08
Dec

It’s in your court: What is alternative dispute resolution?

Over the past month the news has been filled with coverage of the NFL’s discipline of players Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice and the review of that discipline by an arbitrator.  Professional athletes have contracts providing that disputes be submitted to binding arbitration, which is generally outside of the judicial system and not appealable to a court.  You probably have an arbitration provision in your health insurance contract, auto insurance contract or credit card contract.

Sat
06
Dec

Wearing high heels in the winter and other things you shouldn’t do

Rule of thumb: if this much salt is left over after the ice melts, you’ve used too much.
Rule of thumb: if this much salt is left over after the ice melts, you’ve used too much. (Submitted photo)

One night recently, I had an experience that most women will be familiar with – a fashion crisis. I was scheduled to be a panelist at a roundtable discussion the next day and struggling to find an outfit that would be professional, look good, and yet still allow me to wear flat boots that would keep me warm and upright while walking several blocks from my car to the building the next morning.

Thu
04
Dec

Setting the stage for a growing economy

As Minnesota continues to make job gains – October’s unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent—communities across the state are thriving.  The Department of Employment and Economic Development announced recently that Minnesota employers added 9,500 jobs in October.
Over the past three months the state has added an impressive 28,300 jobs. This impressive growth has contributed to Minnesota’s recent recognition as one of the best states in the country for business growth.

 

Mon
01
Dec

Giving To Charities—Know the Facts

This is a time of year that many Minnesotans are thinking about making a donation to a charity. Minnesotans have a history of being generous with both their time and their money to help others.

Mon
01
Dec

It’s in your court: heading toward prison unabated

The famous poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost ends with “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” When it comes to criminal court, many offenders could be said to take the path often-traveled, the path from juvenile delinquency to misdemeanor offenses to gross misdemeanor offenses, and eventually to felonies and prison.

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