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Fri
13
Feb

It’s in your court: Your lawyer is your advocate, not your 'muscle'

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court
Young lawyers representing parties in lawsuits have a long learning curve. As a young lawyer you are amazed that clients actually hire you for your expertise, listen to your advice and follow your recommendations.

Tue
10
Feb

Quick trip walleye

Mike Frisch

Across the ice belt there is no better time to put walleyes on the ice  — and eventually in the fry pan — than right now.

Mon
09
Feb

Tax planning update for same-sex couples

MN CPA

Since 2013, federal tax laws for married couples have applied to same-sex couples who are married in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is legal, like Minnesota, even if the couple lives in a jurisdiction that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

Mon
09
Feb

Guard against tax return and other forms of ID theft

MN CPA

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and tax refund fraud caused by identity theft is a major challenge facing taxpayers. According to a Government Accountability Office report, fraudulent tax refunds were estimated at $5.2 billion for the 2013 tax filing season.

Mon
02
Feb

Five financial mistakes to avoid this year

MN CPA

Wed
28
Jan

Eliminating tax on Social Security income

Kathy Lohmer
Kathy Lohmer

Did you know that if you are a senior citizen with an income above $33,000 per year (or $45,000 for couples), you are being taxed on your social security benefits?

Wed
28
Jan

Helping all students succeed

The Minnesota Legislature has a big goal this year: preparing all students to be ready for college and career. To accomplish this, one of the main strategies being discussed is helping our youngest learners become ready for kindergarten.

Wed
28
Jan

How to prepare for court

Judges hear disputes dealing with some of the most important aspects of people’s lives. We hear child custody disputes, restraining order requests, disagreements about contracts and estates, and a variety of other matters.

Mon
26
Jan

Four last-minute tips to lower your taxes

Now that the New Year has begun, April 15 will be here before you know it. Have you done all you can to minimize your tax payments and maximize prudent financial planning?

Thu
22
Jan

Sen. Goodwin pledges focus on mental health

The 89th Legislature has officially begun, and it's looking to be a very exciting few months. I spent the last summer traveling Minnesota examining the state of our mental health services, and am looking forward to sharing what I've learned from you with my colleagues in the legislature.

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