A boater at Big Carnelian Lake models good behavior. (Submitted photo)
Angie Hong Washington Conservation District
You may not always know where you are, but your phone does. By now, most of us have noticed that our smart phones are extremely effective at tracking our whereabouts. Open a map application, and a pin automatically appears creeping slowly along the road where you are driving. Use the internet to search for a hardware store and the phone will list web links, maps and phone numbers for the three closest to you. Beginning this summer, you might even be surprised to find your phone giving you a reminder as you pull into a local boat launch – clean your boat, before and after getting on the water, to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Every July 4, citizens all across Minnesota and the country celebrate our Independence Day. It’s a day well-known for picnics and fireworks displays; but it’s also the day our ancestors stood up for liberty and asserted ourselves as a free nation. As you celebrate our nation’s birthday, remember the words of the Declaration of Independence:
June has arrived and children are getting out of school, which means more of them will drive without their parents or another adult in the car.
If adding a young driver to your policy is in your future, you need to be ready for the added costs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute reports teen drivers crash three times more often than drivers 20 and older. Traffic crashes are the second leading cause of deaths for Minnesota teens, according to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety. Each year, more than 30 teens (16 to 19) are killed in Minnesota roads.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!”
State Rep. Joe Atkins
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.
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.