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Thu
27
Aug

Who do I sue?

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

 

What shall I do?
Oh, what shall I do?
My Doo-hicckey broke!
So, who do I sue?

 

Thu
27
Aug

The Gateway Gold Line is moving forward – with your help

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.

Thu
27
Aug

Time for the Great Minnesota Get-Together

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

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?

Wed
19
Aug

Check scams still defraud people

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.

Tue
18
Aug

Asphalt schemes roll across region

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.

Wed
12
Aug

Prime time to look at lake level

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“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

Tue
11
Aug

BBB tips for choosing a roofer

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota
For homeowners going through their maintenance checklist, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers advice for keeping their roof in tip-top shape and information on when it might be time to consider a new roof. When you’re in the market for a new home, it’s always a good idea to ask the age of the roof of any house that you’re considering purchasing. This will tell you if you can reasonably expect to go a number of years without having to replace the roof or if you need to start to budget for a re-roofing job.

Sun
09
Aug

Standards of review in the appellate process

From the Bench

Trial court judges hear testimony, review evidence, and apply the law in making decisions.  Sometimes one side or another believes that the trial judge erred either in analyzing the evidence or in applying the law. Our judicial system allows for people to appeal to the Court of Appeals or, in some cases, the Supreme Court

Sun
09
Aug

Land of 10,000 Buffers

This lakeshore buffer along Lake Phalen helps to improve habitat and water quality. (submitted photo)
This lakeshore buffer along Lake Phalen helps to improve habitat and water quality. (submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

If you canoe or kayak on rivers, you quickly find that you spend more of your time prepping supplies and equipment, loading and unloading, and shuttling between the put-in and the take-out, than you ever do paddling on the water. So, it was no surprise to me last Friday that my friend and I were ready to launch on the St. Croix River, just in time to stop and eat lunch. We climbed into our canoe, shoved off from the landing, and then paddled more or less diagonally straight across the river to a sandbar where we promptly parked ourselves for the next hour.

Wed
05
Aug

It’s in your court: Specialty Courts

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

A growing trend in Minnesota courts is the establishment of specialty courts, such as drug courts, DWI courts, domestic violence courts, and veteran’s courts. A colleague earlier this year wrote about such courts as follows:

 

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