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Tue
30
Jun

Shady postcard scams hit state

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota
The Better Business Bureau warns area consumers to watch out for a scam involving postcards alerting recipients to "a reward of up to $100 in Gas Savings." These "savings" are allegedly redeemable at Exxon/Mobil, Shell or Sunoco.
However, BBB advises people to pass on this offer, as it appears to be designed by unknown parties solely to gather personal and credit card information — or both. The postcards have no return address but urge people to call an 844 number, which is toll-free.

Mon
29
Jun

How legislation affects ISD 197 students

School Board Member  Matthew Klein ISD 197
School Board Member Matthew Klein ISD 197

The Omnibus Education bill passed by the Minnesota legislature on June 13 will affect the way ISD 197 schools operate over the next two years.†The school board met regularly with state legislators this session to defend the interests of students i

Mon
29
Jun

Don’t fight over finances!

Money Management
MNCPA

When couples argue, what are they most likely to fight about? You might not be surprised to learn that, according to a Harris Interactive survey on behalf of the American Institute of CPAs, money is the top reason for a marital spat, one that causes disagreements far more frequently than other critical issues. Since dollars and cents are so important to the health of any marriage, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers these do’s and don’ts to help keep couples from falling out over finance.

Wed
24
Jun

Check your prescriptions for refunds

People who used certain prescription drugs for "off-label" uses — not for their primary, FDA-approved labeled uses — may be eligible for monetary refunds.
The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, along with other state attorneys general and the  federal government, reached settlements with three large drug companies:  Abbott Laboratories, Wyeth, and GlaxoSmithKline. 
The settlements provide restitution (refund) money for Minnesota customers who were prescribed the drugs Advair, Depakote, Paxil, Rapamune, or Wellbutrin for “off-label” uses during certain periods of time.

Wed
24
Jun

Leave fireworks to the professionals

What would the Fourth of July be without fireworks? A little less busy in hospital emergency rooms. The nation’s emergency physicians urge you to celebrate the country’s birthday by using common sense when it comes to the potential dangers of fireworks.
We see many injuries in the ER due to fireworks around the Fourth of July. Many of those ER visits are initiated with the line “Hey! Watch this!”

Sun
21
Jun

Inver Grove Heights emergency account saved

State Rep. Joe Atkins
District 52B

In the original Environment and Agriculture budget bill that passed the legislature during the regular session there was a provision to raid the $8.1 million metro landfill emergency response account and spend it on unrelated projects. This emergency response account protects the safety of people who live within a few miles of the state’s two largest landfills, which are located in Inver Grove Heights and Burnsville. Fortunately this bill was vetoed, which gave us one final chance to save the emergency response account in the special session.

Sun
21
Jun

Scenes from Betsy’s wedding

In my mind’s eye, Betsy always will be my baby sister. As she walked down the aisle Sunday, everyone else saw a beautiful woman. But to me she’ll always be the freckle-faced, red-headed, curly-haired little girl who interrupted our front-yard baseball games by sprinting through the infield naked.
Clearly, she inherited the Bromley shyness gene.
There was no nudity Sunday, as Betsy managed to keep her wedding dress on while walking down the aisle. And there was nothing infantile about my baby sister, who in an instant became a wife and stepmother. We saw a family created before our very eyes. Even for an embittered old skeptic like me, it was a precious sight.

Wed
17
Jun

Special session leads to historic investment in education

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
­—Vince Lombardi

Wed
17
Jun

It’s in your court: What was the Magna Carta, anyway?

Judge Dale Harris
St. Louis County District Court

Sun
14
Jun

Art in the Hollow 2015

Andy Twedt
community columnist

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