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Sun
01
Nov

What is trespassing?

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

With the arrival of fall in Minnesota, thousands of hunters will be heading out into the forests, fields, and swamps, hunting the often-evasive deer and waterfowl. These hunters will see many signs posted warning them “No Trespassing.” You may wonder whether all landowners, or state and regional parks, have the right to exclude hunters, ATV riders and hikers.

Tue
27
Oct

BBB tips for halloween

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota

If you're looking to pick up a fun Halloween costume or spooky decorations this year, you’re not alone. The National Retail Federation expects consumers will spend nearly $7 billion on Halloween costumes, decorations and treats this near. It’s a fun holiday, one many people love, and retailers pull out all the stops to cater to that crowd. If you're in the market for a costume this year, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota advises you to keep an eye on the 'boo'-tom line.

Wed
21
Oct

Teaming up to stop domestic violence

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“We can all take responsibility for helping to bring about change, and keeping our friends and colleagues safe from domestic violence.” – Charles Clarke

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and an important reminder of the too-often hidden violence in our communities. An estimated 70 percent of domestic violence cases go unreported, and the consequences for victims and their families can be devastating.

 

Wed
21
Oct

Twice as many kids killed by cars on Halloween than any other day of year

American Academy of Emergency Physicians
Dr. Michael Gerardi, president

An estimated 41 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 will hit the trick-or-treat trails this Halloween.  Emergency physicians want all of them to enjoy the holiday traditions safely and not experience any Halloween horrors that would include spending time in the emergency department.

Wed
21
Oct

Who may not own or possess a gun

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

There has been much public debate about gun laws in reaction to the several tragic multiple shootings in schools and public places this year. This article will focus, however, on federal and Minnesota laws which already absolutely prohibit the possession of firearms or ammunition by certain persons.

Tue
20
Oct

BBB tips on fall yard cleanup

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota

Fall is all around us suddenly, and the leaves are falling in earnest. Between now and when the first batch of snowflakes hit the ground is when a lot of property owners aim to get their yards in order. This includes pruning trees and removing fallen leaves, debris and branches. Though there are many reliable companies that provide these services, there are also a few that are looking to be paid in full for services they have no plans to provide in full. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota reminds people that there are steps to take to ensure your yard is in good hands.

Wed
14
Oct

Environmental considerations: The tradition of pumpkin carving

Environmental Notes

Caitlin Bergh
Oakdale Environmental
Management Commission

Fall is in the air. Autumn activities are in full swing: visits to the apple orchard, raking giant leaf piles and decorating for the harvest. It is time to stock up on hay bales, corn husks, and the crowd favorite – pumpkins. And most of those who buy pumpkins for carving have similar concerns: how to making a pumpkin last longer and what to do with the pumpkin once it has begun to rot.

Wed
14
Oct

Legislative Update

State Rep. Kathy Lohmer
District 39B

Hello from St. Paul,
If you are buying health insurance through MNsure, expect to pay more next year. And in many cases, expect to pay a lot more.
According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the average rate increases will range from 14 percent to 49 percent. The highest average rate increase comes from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the state’s largest insurer.

Sun
11
Oct

The mysterious connection between leaves and algae

It’s important to remember to not push leaves out into the street, where they can get washed into storm sewers and deliver a big dose of nutrients to lakes and rivers. (submitted photo)
It’s important to remember to not push leaves out into the street, where they can get washed into storm sewers and deliver a big dose of nutrients to lakes and rivers. (submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

If a leaf falls in the forest and nobody sees it, do you still have to rake it up?
While autumn may be Minnesota’s favorite pastime, raking up the leaves that fall in our yards, definitely is not. Yet, most of us do it begrudgingly eventually, both to keep the leaves from smothering our grass, and to avoid the scorn of our neighbors.

Wed
07
Oct

Rules not made to be broken

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

We all have “pet peeves,” things we observe or have happen to us which are very irritating. It may be the person redeeming lottery tickets at the gas station when you are last in line to pay for your gas. It may be the person on their cell phone during your child’s holiday program at school or dance recital.

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