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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.

Thu
19
Jun

Stopping the nitrogen super-highway


The Minnesota River near St. Paul. (submitted photo)

Dave Wall of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency talks about nutrients and water. (submitted photo)

Down the creaky metal walkway we bounced before climbing aboard the stylishly retro Magnolia Blossom docked at Watergate Marina on the Mississippi River. Each year, the Metro WaterShed Partners, a coalition of more than 60 public, private and non-profit entities in the Twin Cities, sponsors a “floating workshop” to help members connect with one another and learn more about issues impacting the water resources we work so hard to protect. During this year’s tour, WaterShed Partners chose to travel upstream on the Minnesota River to provide a backdrop for discussion about nitrogen in our water and agricultural policy in Minnesota.

Thu
19
Jun

LBJ signs ‘bill of the century’


The Texas White House is where President Lyndon Johnson met with members of Congress and world leaders in the 15 months total he spent at his family home outside Fredericksburg, Texas. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

LBJ’s Texas White House office was a comfortable place to work while he was away from Washington, D.C. There was a desk as well for his press secretary, Bill Moyers. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

LBJ’s bedroom has a massage table for his back problems, which is also the place he had a massive heart attack and died in 1973. Because he used to have visitors in the master bedroom, Lady Bird got tired of pulling the covers up over her head, so they built separate rooms. Their clothing still fills the closets. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Fifty years ago on July 2, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act which was sometimes called the “bill of the century” and a continuation of President John Kennedy’s initiative.

Thu
19
Jun

Save money on your vacation

Are you planning to take a family vacation this summer? If so, it could become a pricey proposition. For those Americans with summer vacation plans, 41 percent expect to pay an average of $3,000 for transportation, lodging, meals, activities, entertainment and pet care, according to a new telephone survey conducted for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The Minnesota Society of CPAs offers some tips on how you can set a budget for and hold down the cost of a family trip while still having an enjoyable break.

Tue
17
Jun

50th reunion brings back memories of war, music, social change


The 17 students from the Barrett High School class of1964 and student advisor Chuck Nicholi, center back, could not imagine all the changes that would take place in the 50 years after graduation.

Left, Connie Hanson, Kathy Ehlers (deceased), Christi Sumstead, and Vonny Rohloff, 1964 Barrett High School graduates, played in the clarinet quartet 50 years ago.

Three gals from the Barrett High School class of 1964 relax with their dads (all deceased) after baccalaureate. Left, Gerald and Connie Hanson, Chester and Marilyn Anderson and Edwin and Vonny Rohloff.

Taking a selfie in 1964 in a photo booth are from left: Connie Hanson, Vonny Rohloff and Marilyn Anderson.

The Barrett High School class of 1964 homecoming candidates were left, Connie Hanson, Vonny Rohloff, Marilyn Anderson and Christy Sumstad. Christy was crowned the queen.

Long time friends and classmates Connie Hanson and Vonny Rohloff enjoy their casual summer after high school graduation in 1964.

In September 1963, 17 enthusiastic students began their final year of high school in Barrett, Minnesota, with one goal in mind: to graduate.

Tue
10
Jun

The risks of ignoring traffic citations, legal notices and court orders

In ancient times those who did not pay their creditors could be imprisoned until the debt was paid.  In 2014 we do not have debtor’s prison, despite the insinuations of media reports. In Minnesota in 2014, no one goes to jail just for not paying a debt or because there is a money judgment against them.

Tue
10
Jun

Creative Collaboration benefits students at two East Side institutions


Metro State University student Nathan Fell gave a science demonstration to Battle Creek Middle School students as part of Battle Creek’s effort to encourage college awareness and interest. Participating students include front to back, Kong Xiong,†Emily Xiong,†Mariah Givens,†Mao Yang,†and Hamdi Isse. Sitting in the chair is Joemian Alexis. (photo courtesy of Joe Nathan)

Things have changed dramatically from ten years ago, when most students didn’t start thinking seriously about college until they were high school juniors and seniors.

Tue
10
Jun

Renter’s Credit: ‘Moving in the right direction’

After a decade of skyrocketing property taxes, the DFL-led Legislature took action last year, passing $133 million in direct property tax relief for homeowners and renters.

Tue
10
Jun

Congress must renew commitment to children with disabilities

One of the reasons I came to Congress was to ensure promises made are promises kept ó especially for those in the most need.
In 1975, Congress pledged to provide critical federal investments to aid states and school districts in meeting their obligations to students with special needs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorized federal funding up to 40 percent of the additional cost of educating students with disabilities. Yet, Republicans and Democrats alike have repeatedly failed to keep that promise.

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