Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is once again noting an uptick in reports of the "Tech Support" scam. Generally, this scheme is perpetrated over the phone: homeowners or business owners receive calls from 'technicians' saying there's a problem with their computer. But these supposed experts are only interested in collecting credit card information or gaining remote access to users’ computers. A newer wrinkle to this scheme involves pop-up messages telling people their computer has been infected by a virus and they need to call the number on their screen for assistance.
With the arrival of fall in Minnesota, thousands of hunters will be heading out into the forests, fields, and swamps, hunting the often-evasive deer and waterfowl. These hunters will see many signs posted warning them “No Trespassing.” You may wonder whether all landowners, or state and regional parks, have the right to exclude hunters, ATV riders and hikers.
If you're looking to pick up a fun Halloween costume or spooky decorations this year, you’re not alone. The National Retail Federation expects consumers will spend nearly $7 billion on Halloween costumes, decorations and treats this near. It’s a fun holiday, one many people love, and retailers pull out all the stops to cater to that crowd. If you're in the market for a costume this year, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota advises you to keep an eye on the 'boo'-tom line.
“We can all take responsibility for helping to bring about change, and keeping our friends and colleagues safe from domestic violence.” – Charles Clarke
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and an important reminder of the too-often hidden violence in our communities. An estimated 70 percent of domestic violence cases go unreported, and the consequences for victims and their families can be devastating.
American Academy of Emergency Physicians Dr. Michael Gerardi, president
An estimated 41 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 will hit the trick-or-treat trails this Halloween. Emergency physicians want all of them to enjoy the holiday traditions safely and not experience any Halloween horrors that would include spending time in the emergency department.
There has been much public debate about gun laws in reaction to the several tragic multiple shootings in schools and public places this year. This article will focus, however, on federal and Minnesota laws which already absolutely prohibit the possession of firearms or ammunition by certain persons.
Fall is all around us suddenly, and the leaves are falling in earnest. Between now and when the first batch of snowflakes hit the ground is when a lot of property owners aim to get their yards in order. This includes pruning trees and removing fallen leaves, debris and branches. Though there are many reliable companies that provide these services, there are also a few that are looking to be paid in full for services they have no plans to provide in full. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota reminds people that there are steps to take to ensure your yard is in good hands.
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.