Fall is in the air. Autumn activities are in full swing: visits to the apple orchard, raking giant leaf piles and decorating for the harvest. It is time to stock up on hay bales, corn husks, and the crowd favorite – pumpkins. And most of those who buy pumpkins for carving have similar concerns: how to making a pumpkin last longer and what to do with the pumpkin once it has begun to rot.
Hello from St. Paul,
If you are buying health insurance through MNsure, expect to pay more next year. And in many cases, expect to pay a lot more.
According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the average rate increases will range from 14 percent to 49 percent. The highest average rate increase comes from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the state’s largest insurer.
It’s important to remember to not push leaves out into the street, where they can get washed into storm sewers and deliver a big dose of nutrients to lakes and rivers. (submitted photo)
Angie Hong Washington Conservation District
If a leaf falls in the forest and nobody sees it, do you still have to rake it up?
While autumn may be Minnesota’s favorite pastime, raking up the leaves that fall in our yards, definitely is not. Yet, most of us do it begrudgingly eventually, both to keep the leaves from smothering our grass, and to avoid the scorn of our neighbors.
We all have “pet peeves,” things we observe or have happen to us which are very irritating. It may be the person redeeming lottery tickets at the gas station when you are last in line to pay for your gas. It may be the person on their cell phone during your child’s holiday program at school or dance recital.
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” — Mark Van Doren
This month, we are celebrating the incredible power and value of teachers. Oct. 5 is World Teachers’ Day, where countries across the globe honor teachers and their countless contributions to society. Teachers have had a profound effect on me personally. It was my trust in the relationships I had with teachers that encouraged and inspired me to enter public service. I hope that everyone has the opportunity to have at least one solid relationship with a teacher, because it’s such an invaluable connection.
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.
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.
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.
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.