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Thu
11
Jul

Using an allowance to teach financial lessons

Did you know that most parents expect their kids to do some work in exchange for an allowance? In fact, 89 percent of parents want their children to spend at least an hour a week on chores, according to a survey conducted for the American Institute of CPAs.

Thu
11
Jul

The global warming debate, and a key question

Just the mention of the words “global warming” brings to mind a wide range of opinions. Some believe the whole idea is a complete hoax, while others believe global warming is happening but not an imminent danger in their lifetime. Still others believe it is imminent and we are fast approaching the point of no return.
A March Gallup poll indicates that the majority of Americans (64 percent) believe global warming will not be a serious threat to them during their lifetime. Only 34 percent of Americans (down from a high of 40 percent in 2008) believe that global warming is an imminent threat. Even the general belief that global warming is real, based on a Pew Research poll in March, finds that only 69 percent of Americans believe it is real. The belief was as low as 59 percent in 2010 and as high as 77 percent in 2006.

Thu
11
Jul

Grad ‘did college’ for a third of the debt


Cindy Bailey of Vadnais Heights put PSEO and community-college credits to good use. (submitted photo)

Century College alum Cindy Bailey is a poster child for how to do college and gain immediate employment with minimal debt.
Bailey, a Vadnais Heights resident, attended Century full time during her junior and senior years in high school as a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options student. After graduating from high school in 2010, armed with 56 Century College credits, Bailey advanced to Gustavus Adolphus College, focusing on mathematics and secondary education.

Thu
11
Jul

Caped crusader a sure sign of summer

It’s always difficult to determine the season here in Wisconsin because the calendar and the sky rarely line up.
That’s why we rely on trusted signs to let us know when the seasons have changed. In fall, we watch for the geese to fly south. We know winter has arrived when our engine blocks freeze solid. A robin prancing about the lawn signals spring. But we can’t be sure summer has arrived until Thong Cape Scooter Man appears in Madison.

Mon
08
Jul

Keep eyes safe during fun in the sun

It‘s summertime, which means the days are longer and people are enjoying more time outdoors. But, along with risks to your skin, UV rays can be dangerous for your eyes. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and growths on the eye, including cancer.
UV radiation, whether from natural sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye‘s surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose to their vision, and this can lead to potentially blinding eye diseases.

Mon
08
Jul

Explore your options for travel insurance

The summer travel season is in full swing and countless Minnesotans will be traveling across the country and around the world in the next few months.  
Some consumers will be debating about whether to purchase travel insurance for their summer vacations. The Minnesota Department of Commerce wants consumers to know that travel insurance is not required to travel; however, it may benefit some consumers but not all.

Sun
30
Jun

Tax tips for newlyweds

Summer is traditionally a time when couples tie the knot and, as is the case with so many major milestones in life, all newlyweds should be aware of the tax considerations associated with marriage. If you or a loved one is planning nuptials, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers this advice on addressing the tax concerns.

Thu
27
Jun

Whiskey plates

I am always thankful when readers suggest topics to me. Ken, a reader in Hugo, asked that I write about Minnesota’s “special registration plates” which are sometimes referred to by the more colorful moniker of “whiskey plates.”
Have you ever seen these? They are a plainer-looking license plate that starts with the letter W.  It is that first letter - coupled with what they mean - that has prompted their nickname.  
Whiskey plates are issued for a variety of reasons all related in some way to illegal drinking and driving. They are issued after someone has had their regular license plates impounded for a designated offense.

Thu
27
Jun

Order in the court — please!

Many citizens appear in Minnesota courts without attorneys, particularly in conciliation courts and before child support magistrates.
Some basic rules of courtroom conduct must be followed to avoid not only losing your case, but possibly being warned by the judge about contempt of court.

Tue
25
Jun

‘Not new to helping people’

The 2013 Legislative Session presented many challenges and important choices.
When I look back at our accomplishments, I am proud to see numerous St. Paul-related bills now signed into law. Not only did I lead some of these local accomplishments, but I actively supported legislation that honestly balanced Minnesota’s budget and invests in our future.

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