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Mon
13
Oct

This play wasn't that baaaaaad

I don't know what it says about me that watching a dream come true involved me donning a sheep costume and getting mounted. I'll leave that to mental health professionals. But I will say that seeing characters I created come to life before my eyes, to the delight of audiences, was a thrill.

Thu
09
Oct

Telephone discounts, courtesy of Lifeline

Basic residential telephone and cellular service can be costly, but luckily for low-income consumers, Lifeline, a program promoted by the Public Utilities Commission, provides discounts. At least half of eligible consumers nationwide do not take advantage of these telephone discounts, so I wanted to raise awareness for those who can benefit from the service.

Sun
05
Oct

World Teachers Day

Teachers and those who appreciate their significance in the world will celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Teachers Day on Oct. 5. This day is devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world.  I cannot overemphasize the importance of providing time to look at and address the issues facing both teachers, and students. Setting aside a day to celebrate this important profession was put together party because of many societies’ views on teachers and the lack of respect all too many educators receive.

Tue
30
Sep

It’s in your court: (belated) happy Constitution day!

Perhaps no one said that to you this past Sept. 17, the day we annually celebrate Constitution Day. However, it is an annual reminder of the importance of our constitution and the foundation it provides for the enduring magnitude of the United States. What is Constitution Day and why do we celebrate at this time?

Thu
25
Sep

We raised a butterfly


Lillie News staff raised a monarch butterfly from Day 1 to Day 24, pictured here just before he was released back into the wild. (Johanna Holub/Review)

It all started, like many things in life do, with a discovery -- specifically, managing editor Holly Wenzel finding a miniscule monarch caterpillar on a milkweed leaf in her backyard.

Thu
25
Sep

Fire, flood, storms — could your business survive?

Could your business bounce back if a disaster occurred? A minimum of 25 percent of small to midsize businesses that close temporarily due to a natural or other disaster ultimately never open their doors again, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety. It is possible to weather any type of business interruption, however, only if you’re properly prepared. The Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers these tips to ensure you’re ready for anything.

Thu
25
Sep

Don’t make these common IRA mistakes!

About 40 percent of U.S. households — nearly 50 million — own individual retirement accounts, which provide tax-advantaged options for saving for your retirement years. The Minnesota Society of CPAs offers the following tips on how to avoid some common mistakes people make when managing IRAs.

Thu
25
Sep

Do we really need lawyers?

Frequently we see surveys in the news about the various professions and occupations and how the public views them. A 2010 Gallup poll rated nurses, military officers, and pharmacists 71 to 81 percent high or very high for honesty and ethics, while members of Congress, business executives, and lawyers rated only 9 to 17 percent high or very high. They were just above car salespeople.

Sun
21
Sep

Financial fitness advice for freshmen

As you get ready to go away to college for the first time, it is a good time to expand your knowledge of day-to-day money management, including smart budgeting and debt management steps. The Minnesota Society of CPAs offers these tips to students who want to get through college with the right financial footing.

Fri
19
Sep

The American Legion: serving for 95 years

The American Legion was created in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization that focused on service to veterans, service members and communities.  President Kennedy's quote above perfectly captures the Legion's mission of living by our words of gratitude to our service members.  It's been five years since Congress proclaimed Sept. 16 as American Legion Day, so I thought on the anniversary of the proclamation I would share some information about the Legion's long and important history.

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