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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-

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?

Thu
10
Jul

Extradition & the long-arm of the law

“You can’t outrun the long-arm of the law.” That was a popular refrain from a Kenny Rogers song from many years ago.  Fugitives from justice can understand the idea of the long-arm of the law through a legal process known as extradition. Extradition deals with one State returning someone to another State to stand trial or to be sentenced in a criminal court action.

Mon
07
Jul

So much for sumo

It’s a crushing blow when you learn that an institution you hold sacred is nothing but a sham. For some, it was the tooth fairy. For others, it was the wizard of Oz or a balanced federal budget or chiropractors. For me, it was between-innings sumo wrestling.

Mon
07
Jul

Make a rewarding credit card choice

You’re ready to sign up for a new credit card that seems to promise a host of appealing rewards. But, are you really sure of what the card has to offer or how it compares with other options? Many people are not, according to a J.D. Power survey, which found that only 59 percent of credit card customers feel they “completely” understand how they earn rewards. Another one-third knew nothing about the benefits related to their credit card.

Thu
03
Jul

Finding inspiration at the FamilyMeans St. Croix Valley Garden Tour - July 12-13


A dry creek leads water downhill to a large raingarden outside of Ellen Johnson’s Lake Elmo home. (Submitted photo)

Marilee Tangen can’t remember why she decided to reinvent her yard, but thinks that she was probably influenced by living in the Seattle area before moving to Minnesota.

Tue
01
Jul

Falcon Woods 30th annual parade


The Falcon Woods 30th annual parade takes place at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4.

The Falcon Woods Fourth of July parade, an annual tradition, encourages kids to decorate their bikes or wagons and come take a look at police and fire vehicles. (submitted photos)

In 1984, which was the first year of the first Falcon Woods 4th of July parade, I moved into a new housing development in Falcon Heights called “Falcon Woods” with my family.

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