Columns

Mon
11
Aug

Everything’s buy the book

I figured having a newspaper column written about me would result in readers learning things about me they didn’t know. Turns out I learned things about MYSELF I didn’t know.
What I learned is that I’m sitting on a gold mine. Well, it might be a fool’s gold mine.

Thu
07
Aug

What Happened to all the Trials?

Many people assume that judges spend most of their time presiding over jury trials. In fact, nation-wide on average, less than 5 percent of cases ever go to trial. This surprises a lot of people. Where do all the cases go? There are a number of ways that cases can be resolved without a trial.

Thu
07
Aug

Monarchs in the Trees

Within a shimmery, pale green gown, delicately trimmed with a miniature string of jewels, she (or is it he?) prepares for a grand entrance. Hidden from view, he (or is it she?) is silently exchanging a bumpy body, slimy skin and youthful stripes for golden wings of grandeur. Not a single movement alerts passersby to the incredible transformation that is happening within. Until one day…

Thu
31
Jul

They’re in your court: Women in the Judiciary

If I was to ask you to name a woman judge, I expect most of you would say “Judge Judy.”   But Judith Sheindlin is an entertainer, not a real judge.  If I were to ask you to name another woman judge, who could you name?  I would hope some of you would name at least one of these justices or judges: U.S. Supreme Court Justices:  Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan Minnesota Supreme Court Justices: Lori Skjerven Gildea (Chief Justice), Wilhemina Wright

Tue
29
Jul

‘City girl’ goes camping


This is how camping made my younger brother Karl and me feel circa 1996. Our exposure to nature must have scrambled our brains. (photo by Johanna Holub/Review)

Jake, an accomplished cook, proudly made eggs and sausages in his beloved cast iron pan both mornings we camped at Lake Maria State Park. (photo by Johanna Holub/Review)

As part of our “We graduated high school!” road trip, six of us “city girls” camped out at a KOA to save money on lodging. Here we are with the fire we built ourselves, getting eaten not by bears, but mosquitos. (Photo courtesy of Caryn Thor)

By all definitions, I am a suburbanite. I’ve lived in New Brighton my whole life, all my friends live in surrounding municipalities, and the majority of my activities take place in very suburban areas.

Thu
24
Jul

Talk to teens about driving -- it may be a lifesaver

The ultimate goal when our kids start driving is to ensure their safety and the safety of others. That starts with establishing expectations. The good news is that by setting boundaries, we are making the roads safer for everyone.

Thu
24
Jul

Beware of sweepstakes scams

Most sweepstakes scams have a few things in common. They claim that the recipient has won, or is about to win, a large cash prize. And they try to get the recipient to pay money, often supposedly to claim the bogus prize.
Don’t play along. The perpetrators of sweepstakes scams are fly-by-night operators who conceal their identity to avoid detection. Once your money is sent, it is usually lost for good. It can happen like this:

Mon
21
Jul

Judicial Review: the approaches at issue

The role of the courts has received a lot of attention following hearings at the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the law commonly known as “Obamacare.” Many, including the President, have discussed something called “judicial review.” Judicial review refers to a power held by the courts to decide if a law violates the Constitution or not. If the law violates the Constitution, the courts will “strike down” the law declaring it invalid.

Tue
15
Jul

Easy ways to stay cool, save energy

As we enter the hot days of summer with temperatures over 90 degrees, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources reminds consumers of some simple no-cost or low-cost energy-saving tips to help keep cool, conserve energy, an

Thu
10
Jul

A plea for sane lawn watering

Remember back in grade school when the kid in front of you at the drinking fountain would slurp away for what seemed like an eternity until finally someone screamed, “Save some for the whales!?” Well, I’m betting that kid grew up, bought a house with a big lawn, and programmed his automatic sprinklers to go off every other day, regardless of whether it is raining or not. He’s probably sitting in his living room right now, watching the rain slide down the window panes as the sprinklers rhythmically pulse outside, and thinking, “Ain’t no one going to tell me to turn off the water now.” I mean, there has to be a logical explanation for people who water their lawns in the rain, right?

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