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Thu
10
Oct

Fire Marshal urges Minnesotans to cook with caution

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.

Thu
03
Oct

Do we still need Miss America?

News from this month’s Miss America Pageant blew me away. I was amazed: Not that a winner of Indian-American descent was crowned, but that there still is a Miss America pageant.

Thu
26
Sep

What’s in your wallet?

I hope there’s a library card in there! Most Washington County residents or people who own property in Washington County are entitled to a FREE library card. And, OMG, the access to information and materials that it provides is out of this world!

Thu
26
Sep

Bethke Park: the hidden gem of Oakdale


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This past month, I had the pleasure of meeting and touring with the Park Steward of Bethke Park, Maxine Bethke. This beautiful and peaceful seven-acre park is tucked away in Oakdale, just north of Stillwater Boulevard, about halfway between Granada and Gresham avenues. It must not be missed by neighbors and nature enthusiasts.

Thu
26
Sep

Fall reminds us of the importance of higher education

As Chair of the Education Finance Division, I spend much of my time at the Legislature working on early and K-12 education, and I am happy to have this role. It is a truly wonderful position to be in. But education isn’t just for children, and learning doesn’t end when a person graduates high school. For many people it continues into higher education.

Tue
24
Sep

Learning to use your school counselor

As the new school year gets underway, your school-age children will be facing a whole new set of opportunities and challenges. While it is common for parents to focus on the school’s classroom teachers, there’s an important resource that too many parents simply overlook — the school counselor.

Mon
23
Sep

Tax tips for small-business owners

There are 23 million small businesses in America, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Although each business is unique, you can be sure that they have a common desire to minimize their taxes and make the most of the deductions for which they qualify. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) offers these tips on how to achieve those goals.

Mon
23
Sep

Beware of real estate deed solicitation scams

Landowners in eleventh-century England transferred land by gathering on the land with a group of witnesses to physically deliver the property to the new owner, such as by handing over a clod of dirt. For fear of dispute, landowners began to record these ceremonies as deeds or charters. As centuries progressed, deeds became the main instrument by which real property was bought and sold.

Mon
23
Sep

Protecting seniors from fraud: Tips for safeguarding identity and finances

Every September, we honor our grandparents with National Grandparents Day. As this holiday approaches, now is the perfect time to show your loved ones how much you care by helping them learn to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud.
Fraud against seniors is on the rise, and it can take a toll emotionally and financially, according to the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accounts (MNCPA). Helping seniors understand the types of fraud that exist and the steps they can take to prevent fraud will help them feel empowered and open the lines of communication about a potentially sensitive topic.

Fri
20
Sep

2014 Washington County budget

Every year at this time, Washington County commissioners leave behind the glories of a Minnesota summer to think to next winter—January, that is, when the county’s new budget goes into effect. This year is no different, as the County Board is now planning the 2014 budget.
The five-member county board is committed to holding the line on spending during preparation of the proposed budget, while promoting economic development from strategic planning.

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