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Thu
26
Sep

Fall reminds us of the importance of higher education

As Chair of the Education Finance Division, I spend much of my time at the Legislature working on early and K-12 education, and I am happy to have this role. It is a truly wonderful position to be in. But education isn’t just for children, and learning doesn’t end when a person graduates high school. For many people it continues into higher education.

Tue
24
Sep

Learning to use your school counselor

As the new school year gets underway, your school-age children will be facing a whole new set of opportunities and challenges. While it is common for parents to focus on the school’s classroom teachers, there’s an important resource that too many parents simply overlook — the school counselor.

Mon
23
Sep

Tax tips for small-business owners

There are 23 million small businesses in America, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Although each business is unique, you can be sure that they have a common desire to minimize their taxes and make the most of the deductions for which they qualify. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) offers these tips on how to achieve those goals.

Mon
23
Sep

Beware of real estate deed solicitation scams

Landowners in eleventh-century England transferred land by gathering on the land with a group of witnesses to physically deliver the property to the new owner, such as by handing over a clod of dirt. For fear of dispute, landowners began to record these ceremonies as deeds or charters. As centuries progressed, deeds became the main instrument by which real property was bought and sold.

Mon
23
Sep

Protecting seniors from fraud: Tips for safeguarding identity and finances

Every September, we honor our grandparents with National Grandparents Day. As this holiday approaches, now is the perfect time to show your loved ones how much you care by helping them learn to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.
Fraud against seniors is on the rise, and it can take a toll emotionally and financially, according to the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accounts (MNCPA). Helping seniors understand the types of fraud that exist and the steps they can take to prevent fraud will help them feel empowered and open the lines of communication about a potentially sensitive topic.

Fri
20
Sep

2014 Washington County budget

Every year at this time, Washington County commissioners leave behind the glories of a Minnesota summer to think to next winter—January, that is, when the county’s new budget goes into effect. This year is no different, as the County Board is now planning the 2014 budget.
The five-member county board is committed to holding the line on spending during preparation of the proposed budget, while promoting economic development from strategic planning.

Fri
20
Sep

Discounts available for phone service

Every day, millions of Minnesotans use their home phones and cell phones to do business, look for employment opportunities, or catch up with family, friends, and loved ones.
I think we can all agree that access to affordable, reliable phone service is vital to a healthy, thriving economy and middle class. Unfortunately, the cost of that service can add up quickly for some Minnesotans who are struggling to find a job and support their families.

Mon
16
Sep

The Passing of a Judicial Pioneer, Hon. Justice Rosalie Wahl

On July 22, 2013, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Wahl, died at the age of 88. To say that Justice Wahl was a pioneer for women in the Minnesota judiciary is an understatement. Though small in stature, Justice Wahl is a giant among Minnesota judges and justices. She came from a very humble childhood in Kansas during the Depression. After the death of her mother, when Rosalie was three, she and her younger brother went to live with her grandparents in a small rural community in Kansas. Her grandfather and brother were killed by a train in 1932 and she and her grandmother lived alone in the “Old Stone House” until moving to Caney, Kansas for Rosalie to attend high school.

Thu
12
Sep

East Side high schools helping students save thousands of dollars in college costs

As another school year begins, East Side public high schools are wisely helping their students save thousands of dollars in college costs. Harding, Johnson, City Academy, and Community of Peace are giving students the option to take  “Dual Credit” courses.  In these courses, students can earn credit toward high school graduation and free college credit at the same time. Some courses are taken in the high school, such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, concurrent enrollment or College in the Schools, and Project Lead the Way.   Post-Secondary Enrollment Options courses are taken on college campuses, beginning in 10th grade with career/technical courses.

Thu
12
Sep

Salt water on the menu?

Trying to follow a low-sodium diet? Perhaps you should cut back on the amount of water you’re drinking. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently published a report, The Condition of Minnesota’s Groundwater, 2007-2011, and readers will be shocked to learn that one-third of wells across the state have increased in chloride concentrations and 30 percent of wells in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area had chloride concentrations greater than the chronic water-quality standard set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Will our state’s groundwater reserves become the next Salton Sea?

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