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Fri
20
Sep

Discounts available for phone service

Every day, millions of Minnesotans use their home phones and cell phones to do business, look for employment opportunities, or catch up with family, friends, and loved ones.
I think we can all agree that access to affordable, reliable phone service is vital to a healthy, thriving economy and middle class. Unfortunately, the cost of that service can add up quickly for some Minnesotans who are struggling to find a job and support their families.

Mon
16
Sep

The Passing of a Judicial Pioneer, Hon. Justice Rosalie Wahl

On July 22, 2013, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl, died at the age of 88. To say that Justice Wahl was a pioneer for women in the Minnesota judiciary is an understatement. Though small in stature, Justice Wahl is a giant among Minnesota judges and justices. She came from a very humble childhood in Kansas during the Depression. After the death of her mother, when Rosalie was three, she and her younger brother went to live with her grandparents in a small rural community in Kansas. Her grandfather and brother were killed by a train in 1932 and she and her grandmother lived alone in the “Old Stone House” until moving to Caney, Kansas for Rosalie to attend high school.

Thu
12
Sep

East Side high schools helping students save thousands of dollars in college costs

As another school year begins, East Side public high schools are wisely helping their students save thousands of dollars in college costs. Harding, Johnson, City Academy, and Community of Peace are giving students the option to take  “Dual Credit” courses.  In these courses, students can earn credit toward high school graduation and free college credit at the same time. Some courses are taken in the high school, such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, concurrent enrollment or College in the Schools, and Project Lead the Way.   Post-Secondary Enrollment Options courses are taken on college campuses, beginning in 10th grade with career/technical courses.

Thu
12
Sep

Salt water on the menu?

Trying to follow a low-sodium diet? Perhaps you should cut back on the amount of water you’re drinking. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently published a report, The Condition of Minnesota’s Groundwater, 2007-2011, and readers will be shocked to learn that one-third of wells across the state have increased in chloride concentrations and 30 percent of wells in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area had chloride concentrations greater than the chronic water-quality standard set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Will our state’s groundwater reserves become the next Salton Sea?

Wed
11
Sep

It’s in your court: stupid is as stupid does

Frequently during the movie Forrest Gump the namesake says, “Stupid is as stupid does.” When it comes to criminal activity, there is no shortage of proof on You Tube and on cable TV shows that this phrase is true. For example, we see burglars stuck in an air shaft or chimney. We may find such antics funny and almost beyond belief, but such antics can lead to tragedy for others and imprisonment for the perpetrator. Here are just a few cases, but the names have been left out to protect the innocent (and not so innocent) as they used to say on the 1960’s TV show Dragnet.

Wed
11
Sep

Thanks for the memory


The Moonlight Serenaders played big band music for the recent Pops on the Porch concert at the historic Fillebrown House in White Bear Lake. (photo by Ruth Graf)

“It doesn’t get any better than this” is the statement I sometimes say when life is good.
Usually, I share the words with my cat, Muffie, when we are sitting on the deck at home, reading or relaxing and looking out over the colorful garden flowers (and some weeds) in the back yard. However, on a recent summer evening, while eating a picnic supper and listening to a concert by the Moonlight Serenaders, a Twin Cities big band and swing ensemble, I said to my friend Ruth that “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Mon
09
Sep

Night life on the south side

It’s at this time of year, when summer’s last hot blast gives way to autumn’s pleasant evenings, that the dirty laundry gets aired in my neighborhood. And I’m not talking about unmentionables hanging on the line.

Fri
06
Sep

Labor Day is an opportunity to thank workers

It is easy to forget why we celebrate Labor Day. Most people know that it is the last day of the State Fair and generally think of it as the unofficial end of summer. Labor Day is those things, but it is also so much more than that. It is a time to remember our past struggles and appreciate the people who helped make our country what it is today.

Fri
06
Sep

Health Reform 101 – What is the difference between a health insurance premium and a rate?

As Minnesota consumers start planning for their insurance needs in time for Open Enrollment and the opening of Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace, MNsure, on October 1, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Commerce urges consumers to take a look at the options to make the best fit.  Understanding the difference between a health insurance premium and a rate will help consumers find health insurance that fits their financial and health needs.

Fri
06
Sep

Good vision: key to school success

It’s back-to-school time and parents are prepared with their children’s enrollment forms, orientation schedules and immunizations — but what about their eyes?
Most children have healthy eyes. But because there are conditions that can threaten good vision, the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology reminds parents that good vision and eye health are key to students’ ability to do well in the classroom.

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