Viewpoints

Mon
29
Sep

DNR Q & A: How does prescribed burning benefit prairies and grasslands?

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 does prescribed burning benefit prairies and grasslands?

 

 

Thu
25
Sep

We raised a butterfly


Lillie News staff raised a monarch butterfly from Day 1 to Day 24, pictured here just before he was released back into the wild. (Johanna Holub/Review)

It all started, like many things in life do, with a discovery -- specifically, managing editor Holly Wenzel finding a miniscule monarch caterpillar on a milkweed leaf in her backyard.

Thu
25
Sep

Fire, flood, storms — could your business survive?

Could your business bounce back if a disaster occurred? A minimum of 25 percent of small to midsize businesses that close temporarily due to a natural or other disaster ultimately never open their doors again, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety. It is possible to weather any type of business interruption, however, only if you’re properly prepared. The Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers these tips to ensure you’re ready for anything.

Thu
25
Sep

Don’t make these common IRA mistakes!

About 40 percent of U.S. households — nearly 50 million — own individual retirement accounts, which provide tax-advantaged options for saving for your retirement years. The Minnesota Society of CPAs offers the following tips on how to avoid some common mistakes people make when managing IRAs.

Thu
25
Sep

Do we really need lawyers?

Frequently we see surveys in the news about the various professions and occupations and how the public views them. A 2010 Gallup poll rated nurses, military officers, and pharmacists 71 to 81 percent high or very high for honesty and ethics, while members of Congress, business executives, and lawyers rated only 9 to 17 percent high or very high. They were just above car salespeople.

Sun
21
Sep

Financial fitness advice for freshmen

As you get ready to go away to college for the first time, it is a good time to expand your knowledge of day-to-day money management, including smart budgeting and debt management steps. The Minnesota Society of CPAs offers these tips to students who want to get through college with the right financial footing.

Fri
19
Sep

The American Legion: serving for 95 years

The American Legion was created in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization that focused on service to veterans, service members and communities.  President Kennedy's quote above perfectly captures the Legion's mission of living by our words of gratitude to our service members.  It's been five years since Congress proclaimed Sept. 16 as American Legion Day, so I thought on the anniversary of the proclamation I would share some information about the Legion's long and important history.

Thu
18
Sep

Somehow, ’70s kids survived

Looking back, it’s a miracle we children of the 1970s survived the decade.
Our playgrounds were built on blacktop. No wood chips. No rubber base of recycled shoes and tires. If you fell from the jungle gym, you bled. Oh, and those metal slides so hot we could’ve fried bacon on them? We blissfully slid down them in Garanimals shorts, losing only a few patches of skin in the process.

Fri
12
Sep

ParentAware.org helps parents prepare children for kindergarten

It’s now easier for parents to find child care and early education programs that will help their young children get ready for kindergarten, thanks to a beefed up online search tool.

Thu
11
Sep

It’s In Your Court: What is a Grand Jury?

Grand juries have been in the news lately and were the topic of a “good question” segment on a Twin Cities TV station.  Governor Rick Perry has been indicted in Texas on a charge of coercion and abuse of office.  A grand jury in Missouri is considering the indictment of the police officer involved in the death of Michael Brown.  So what is a grand jury?

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