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Wed
30
Sep

Minnesota’s Good Samaritan Law

From the Bench

Do you remember the Biblical parable of the Good Samaritan? A victimized traveler laying on the side of the road is cared for by a passing man from Samaria. Feeling a personal moral obligation to love his neighbor as himself, the Samaritan tended to the victim’s wounds and then took him to an inn where he personally paid for his care and keep.

Wed
30
Sep

Be on the lookout for bogus Vikings tickets

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota

With the NFL season underway and the Minnesota Vikings home opener just around the corner, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning fans to watch out for scammers who might be trying to peddle counterfeit tickets online and outside the stadium right up until the opening kickoff. BBB reminds everyone that they run the risk of getting thrown for a big loss if they decide to gamble on a less-than-reputable ticket source.

Tue
29
Sep

BBB Scam Tracker Launched

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota

In an effort to monitor and track fraudulent activity — both locally and across the US and Canada — Better Business Bureau (BBB) is introducing BBB Scam Tracker, a new online tool, which allows consumers and businesses to report instances of fraud they've encountered and stay up-to-date on scams targeting their area.

Wed
23
Sep

Help is here for victims of consumer fraud

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

If you are the victim of consumer fraud, your whole family can be harmed.
Fortunately, help is available.

Tue
22
Sep

Did you forget to save for retirement?

Money Management
MNCPA

Will you have enough to live on during your golden years? Roughly one-quarter of Americans are not sure they will have sufficient funds for a comfortable retirement, according to an Employee Benefit Research Institute survey, and only 18 percent are very confident they will. Many people work hard for years and do a good job of paying their bills and covering life’s many unexpected costs, but they may not think about retirement savings until their last day at work is only a few years down the road.

Mon
21
Sep

What’s new for back-to-school

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
-- Nelson Mandela

As kids head off to school with backpacks tucked full of notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils, most families are still getting back into the swing of things for the school year. Amidst the first few weeks of excitement, people may not be aware of new changes being implemented for the first time during the 2015-2016 school year.

Mon
21
Sep

‘Refuge’ didn’t mean much to poacher

Conservation Officer Mitch Sladek is shown here with the mounts and plaques seized in the Zimmerman investigation. They are now included in one of the DNR’s Turn In Poachers “Wall of Shame” displays. (submitted photo)
Conservation Officer Mitch Sladek is shown here with the mounts and plaques seized in the Zimmerman investigation. They are now included in one of the DNR’s Turn In Poachers “Wall of Shame” displays. (submitted photo)

Rich Sprouse
Public Information Officer, DNR

A Zimmerman man recently pled guilty to a 2014 case of illegally taking multiple deer in the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.
On Nov. 1, 2014, Minnesota DNR Conservation Officer Mitch Sladek of Big Lake saw a woman and her daughter bypass a locked gate and enter the refuge pulling a two-wheel deer cart.

Thu
17
Sep

Recycling (and money-saving) resources for businesses

ENVIRONMENTAL NOTES
Daniel Krier

Oakdale Environmental Management Commission

We all know we should recycle whenever possible. Recycling decreases the amount of recyclables going to landfills, creates jobs, and helps us make new products without having to use the limited resources on our planet. Most of us try to do our best, but it can be difficult at times due to any number of issues such as lack of recycling bins or not having a recycling agreement with a waste hauler. For home recycling you can contact your waste hauler for options available, but what do you do at work?

Sun
13
Sep

Want to start a business?

Money Management
MNCPA
Are you thinking of launching your own business? Approximately 800,000 new businesses open each year, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
When these young companies get started, it’s critical for their owners to understand the many rules and regulations that apply to them. The Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers advice on three of the many questions you’ll need to address.

Sun
13
Sep

I know why I’m a Master Gardener

Joe Baltrukonis
University of Minnesota Extension
Ramsey County Master Gardener

It started in the small town of Cheshire, just north of New Haven, Connecticut. My grandmother came to this country as a young child from Lithuania.
She was what some would call a peasant, a person with an inborn love of the soil, plants, dirty fingernails, and good food. She grew raspberries and peach varieties we cannot grow here in Minnesota, tons of turnips and other vegetables, and sweet corn. How excited she was to try some of the newest varieties of super-sweet corn!

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