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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.

Sat
28
Jun

Beware of voice phishing—or “vishing”—calls

It is difficult to ignore a ringing telephone. While fraudulent emails and junk mail can be deleted or tossed in the trash, telephone calls are tougher to tune out. And because telephone calls are still considered a secure form of communication, voice phishing scams take advantage of consumers’ trust to steal money and personal information.

Thu
26
Jun

Minnesota ban on triclosan may have broader impact

Although many people have never heard of triclosan, most of us have it in our bodies. Triclosan is an antimicrobial chemical that was added to consumer products including soaps and toothpaste several decades ago and marketed as a benefit for users because it could kill bacteria. It was a successful advertising tool, and has been used by so many personal care product companies that for a time, it was difficult to find a liquid hand soap that did not contain triclosan.

Thu
26
Jun

Safe passage for turtles near Big Marine Lake


A newly installed turtle crossing south of Big Marine Park. (submitted photo)

The year after my husband and I bought our first home, the city built a new road between our neighborhood and a small lake just north of us. Within a couple of weeks, the road had become a popular short-cut for drivers looking to avoid busy Hwy 42. One day, early in the summer, I spotted an enormous snapping turtle slowly making her way across the new road toward a scrubby grass area opposite the lake. She was so big that I couldn’t pick her up even after I went home to grab thick gloves; it eventually took three of us, heaving and hauling to get her out of the road and up over the curb so that cars could pass.

Thu
26
Jun

Enjoying the many summertime events in Minnesota

Summertime in Minnesota is filled with fun events for everyone to enjoy. From great places to eat outdoors to wonderful festivals, Minnesotans really know how to make the most of the warm weather months.

Mon
23
Jun

Summertime livin’ ain’t easy

You know the kids are home on summer break when you start running out of the food you bought yesterday.
Last week, I went to the cupboard in search of a sweet treat for dessert, and found Thing 1 and Thing 2, who had been out of school less than 36 hours, already had devoured the entire box of snack cakes I had purchased the day before.

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