Columns

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?

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.

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