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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.

Fri
06
Sep

New fuel for schools

This week, students at K-12 schools and college campuses throughout Minnesota are kicking off a new year that is sure to be full of learning, growth, and achievement.
Thanks to the new state budget passed by the DFL-led legislature, our children have new tools and resources to help them reach their full potential.

Thu
05
Sep

Your legal rights: know your hospital status

When you are admitted to a hospital, it is only natural to believe that you have been admitted  as a regular patient, or an “inpatient” to that hospital. Yet, a concept known as “observation status” can affect the amount you pay if you are on Medicare. “Observation status” is a term sometimes used by hospitals and Medicare. Technically, it means that the hospital is caring for you while deciding whether to admit you or discharge you. Hospitals sometimes treat patients overnight for serious injuries or illnesses under the category of observation status. That could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars more than if the hospital classified you as an inpatient.

Thu
29
Aug

Your legal rights: know your hospital status

When you are admitted to a hospital, it is only natural to believe that you have been admitted  as a regular patient, or an “inpatient” to that hospital. Yet, a concept known as “observation status” can affect the amount you pay if you are on Medicare. “Observation status” is a term sometimes used by hospitals and Medicare. Technically, it means that the hospital is caring for you while deciding whether to admit you or discharge you. Hospitals sometimes treat patients overnight for serious injuries or illnesses under the category of observation status. That could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars more than if the hospital classified you as an inpatient.

Wed
28
Aug

Dad is still cool - for now

I may have made it just under the wire.
I wanted desperately to perform alongside my daughter before the “dad is still cool” window of opportunity closed. She’s 12, you see, and in her eyes I’m getting a little dumber and dorkier every day. OK, perhaps in EVERYONE’s eyes I’m getting a little dumber and dorkier every day.

Wed
28
Aug

Book review: “Hadrian’s Wall,”

Book review: “Hadrian’s Wall,” by William Dietrich
There’s nothing new under the sun. Stories about ethnic unrest, political intrigue, romance and sexual tension between supposed enemies abound in today’s news, movies, and novels, but the themes are as old as human history.

Wed
28
Aug

The great Minnesota get together is here

Every August, Minnesotans from across the state travel to the Minnesota State Fair. People come from all 87 counties of the state to participate in this wonderful event. It brings Minnesotans together like no other activity.
This annual event has been going on for more than 150 years. It was first held in 1859, and since then there have only been five years without the annual get together. The fair was not held in 1861 and 1862 due to the Civil War and Dakota Indian Conflict, in 1893 because of scheduling conflicts with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1945 due to war-time fuel shortages, and in 1946 due to a polio epidemic. The fair has been in the same location since 1885.

Thu
22
Aug

It’s in your court: Was justice done?

After 25 days of trial a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty. Was justice done? That question has dominated political conversation in America. Some want to interject a discussion about race relations into the trial analysis. While those concerns are appropriate on a wider scale, they are misplaced when talking about a single jury trial.
A jury trial occurs

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