Columns

Thu
08
May

Served on a jury? We appreciate you

The week of April 28 to May 2 was recognized as Jury Appreciation Week in Minnesota. Judges and court administrators are keenly aware of the financial stresses that may accompany jury duty for some citizens. Therefore, we express our thanks to our all jurors of the past year. U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Harlan, who served from 1877 to 1911 called the jury system “one of the principal excellencies of our Constitution.”

Tue
06
May

Bill would take firearms away from abusers

On April 30, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed legislation that allows authorities to remove firearms from anyone who is subject to a civil order for protection or is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a criminal conviction related to domestic abuse.

Tue
06
May

Time to go fishing!

For many Minnesotans, May 10 marks the beginning of a season full of fishing with families and friends. This great day is even more welcome this year, given our truly rugged winter. I spent many days of my youth on beautiful lakes and rivers in our great state and I encourage you to show other young Minnesotans the joys of fishing.

Tue
29
Apr

Is it illegal to be annoying?

I recently read an article about ordinances in some states that make annoying conduct illegal. Such ordinances have frequently been found unconstitutionally vague and, therefore, unenforceable. A least one Minnesota city had its “no loud music” ordinance found unenforceable because of vagueness. Why should it be illegal and chargeable for teens to play loud rock music while driving through downtown at midnight, but probably not illegal or chargeable for a senior citizen to play WCCO news at high volume when driving downtown at midday?

Mon
28
Apr

Satisfy that sweet tooth a healthier way

Have a sweet tooth, but trying to be conscious about what you eat?
Good news: Now you can enjoy your dessert — without all the guilt — with simple ingredient substitutions suggested by the Mayo Clinic and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The following tips can help not only cut calories and fat, but also add nutrients.

Mon
28
Apr

Mid-session progress report

The 2014 legislative session has reached its midpoint, so a progress report seemed in order regarding some high profile issues before the legislature this session.

Mon
28
Apr

Behold the super powers of parents

When it comes to parents, the Lord giveth and he taketh away. We lose our minds, yet inherit special powers. It’s as if God makes us Superman, only to hand us kryptonite.

Thu
24
Apr

Saluting equal rights for women

The United States has come a long way since Susan B. Anthony and the National Woman Suffrage Association started their movement to treat women equally in this nation. Thanks to their hard work, and the efforts of all of the women that followed, denying a women’s right to vote, hold office or own a business and property now seems like a ridiculous, backwards practice that is hard to imagine ever existed in our nation’s history.

Thu
24
Apr

Writing with a home field advantage

I’m baaaaacckk...
You thought you would be rid of me after I went away to college, but you thought wrong.
Maybe it was destiny--you see, I grew up about three blocks away from New Brighton City Hall. And I’m pretty sure I was at least partially named after the lake in Arden Hills.

Thu
24
Apr

Beware prepaid debit card scams

For years, scammers have duped people into wiring money using wire services. Today, scammers are increasingly asking people to pay money with reloadable, prepaid debit cards.
It works like this: “Betty” decided to buy an exercise machine from an unknown website on the Internet. The equipment looked good and was listed at a fair price. The seller told Betty to go to a local “big box” retail store and buy a prepaid debit card, load it with $700, and give the seller the serial number. Betty did so. After paying the $700, she never heard from the seller again.

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