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Tue
22
Oct

Yes, domestic violence is ‘in our town’

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every day in every district court in Minnesota, judges hear cases involving domestic violence. It could be a hearing for an order for protection against a spouse or significant other, or a criminal charge of domestic assault, or even a juvenile delinquency petition against a minor for assaulting a household member. Domestic violence touches thousands of homes in Minnesota every day, including where you live.

Thu
17
Oct

Breaking gridlock

Over the past several years, we’ve gotten a hefty dose of gridlock and grandstanding from politicians in Washington, D.C. – all at the expense of small businesses and middle class families.
Instead of putting aside their differences, lawmakers at our nation’s capitol caused the first federal government shutdown in over 15 years. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people are being hit with unnecessary economic pain and hardship. Workers are not getting paychecks, businesses are losing customers, and children from low-income families are being blocked from their classrooms.

Thu
17
Oct

Make some memory moments at the Smart Play Spot

Memory moments, have you had one? I’ve been having them all my life. They happen when I’m in the midst of a particularly pleasant experience and I think to myself, “I don’t want to forgetthis.” It’s not just remembering the event, but more; it’s recalling the sights and smells and sounds that go along with it as well!

Thu
17
Oct

St. Paul Ski Club holds Hall of Fame inductions — Myhras of Lake Elmo go in

It hadn’t snowed in months but that didn’t stop the storied St. Paul Ski Club from hosting its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Sept. 14.
It was a festive affair at the North St. Paul American Legion hall, and three new members joined the ranks of those enshrined in the club, which traces its beginning back to 1885.

Tue
15
Oct

Should you buy or lease your next car? Determine what’s best for you

If you’re thinking of replacing your car, you may also be wondering if you should lease or buy the replacement vehicle. Leasing a vehicle used to be commonplace only for businesses because of the tax write-off. But now with deals like zero money down, low monthly payments or zero-percent interest, leasing has become a popular option for the general public.

Tue
15
Oct

Please, don’t write the judge

Frequently judges receive letters from the public supporting someone involved in a court case, or criticizing them at length. For example, a concerned friend or family member of a criminal defendant may write the judge saying, in essence, “Mr. X has turned his life around and has learned from his mistakes, so please don’t send him to jail.” Ethically a judge cannot consider such a communication in making a decision in a case.

Tue
15
Oct

Five smart financial tips for young people

A whopping 70 percent of college students will graduate with student loan debt, which averages about $25,200, according to a recent Fidelity Investments survey.

Thu
10
Oct

How do ACA reforms affect you?

State fire officials are urging Minnesotans to clear countertop clutter and cook with caution following a fire that injured an elderly woman and a St. Paul firefighter.Minnesota consumers looking to buy insurance for 2014 will see important changes in law to comply with the health reform in the Affordable Care Act.

Thu
10
Oct

Why so many juries?

A reader has again asked a great question: Why are there so many different types of juries? Juries vary by their size, purpose and the types of cases that they hear.
The most misunderstood jury is the Grand Jury. Its name refers only to the number of people serving as jurors. A grand jury is made up of 16-23 citizens convened by the county attorney to determine whether or not probable cause exists to charge someone with a crime. Typically grand juries are only called to consider charges of first degree murder or misconduct of a public officer.

Thu
10
Oct

Lake Elmo Library Link

Ah, the angst of middle school. While we remember the fun we had with friends and the excitement of meeting students who went to other grade schools, I’ll bet most of us filter out the memories of dealing with raging hormones, bullies, popularity problems, etc, etc. Guess what? As I said in last month’s column, ‘there’s nothing new under the sun!” Today’s ‘tweens are facing the same issues.

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