Viewpoints

Wed
12
Aug

Prime time to look at lake level

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“Acknowledging the physical realities of our planet does not mean a dismal future of endless sacrifice. In fact, acknowledging these realities is the first step in dealing with them. We can meet the resource problems of the world -- water, food, minerals, farmlands, forests, overpopulation, pollution -- if we tackle them with courage and foresight,” – Jimmy Carter

Tue
11
Aug

BBB tips for choosing a roofer

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota and North Dakota
For homeowners going through their maintenance checklist, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers advice for keeping their roof in tip-top shape and information on when it might be time to consider a new roof. When you’re in the market for a new home, it’s always a good idea to ask the age of the roof of any house that you’re considering purchasing. This will tell you if you can reasonably expect to go a number of years without having to replace the roof or if you need to start to budget for a re-roofing job.

Mon
10
Aug

DNR Q & A: How to count pheasants

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:

Q. How does the DNR estimate the state’s pheasant population?
 

Sun
09
Aug

Standards of review in the appellate process

From the Bench

Trial court judges hear testimony, review evidence, and apply the law in making decisions.  Sometimes one side or another believes that the trial judge erred either in analyzing the evidence or in applying the law. Our judicial system allows for people to appeal to the Court of Appeals or, in some cases, the Supreme Court

Sun
09
Aug

Land of 10,000 Buffers

This lakeshore buffer along Lake Phalen helps to improve habitat and water quality. (submitted photo)
This lakeshore buffer along Lake Phalen helps to improve habitat and water quality. (submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

If you canoe or kayak on rivers, you quickly find that you spend more of your time prepping supplies and equipment, loading and unloading, and shuttling between the put-in and the take-out, than you ever do paddling on the water. So, it was no surprise to me last Friday that my friend and I were ready to launch on the St. Croix River, just in time to stop and eat lunch. We climbed into our canoe, shoved off from the landing, and then paddled more or less diagonally straight across the river to a sandbar where we promptly parked ourselves for the next hour.

Wed
05
Aug

It’s in your court: Specialty Courts

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

A growing trend in Minnesota courts is the establishment of specialty courts, such as drug courts, DWI courts, domestic violence courts, and veteran’s courts. A colleague earlier this year wrote about such courts as follows:

 

Sun
02
Aug

DNR Q & A: Trees as natural water filters

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:

Q. How do forests contribute to clean water?

Wed
29
Jul

Downsizing to a small backyard

Marge and and Steve Sagstetter transformed their yard to be lower maintenance, while blending in with wetlands behind their Oakdale home. (submitted photo)
Marge and and Steve Sagstetter transformed their yard to be lower maintenance, while blending in with wetlands behind their Oakdale home. (submitted photo)

Angie Hong
Washington Conservation District

When Marge Sagstetter and her husband Steve decided to move to Oakdale after 25 years in Lake Elmo, they took more than just their interior furnishings with them. Marge, a Master Gardener, had spent years lovingly cultivating and tending to gardens at her old home and, though she looked forward to a lower maintenance yard in Oakdale, she just had to bring a few flowers and ornamental grasses along with them when they moved.

Wed
29
Jul

National Night Out: More than meets the eye

State Sen. Chuck Wiger
District 43

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -- Mother Teresa


Wed
29
Jul

Crowdfunding: the potential and the pitfalls

Better Business Bureau
Minnesota-North Dakota

Crowdfunding, the process of financing a creative project or supporting individuals in need through online donations, is rapidly growing in popularity.These crowdfunding websites, such as GoFundMe, Indiegogo, Kickstarter and RocketHub, give people the opportunity to contribute to projects and campaigns they support or believe in. While the above-named crowdfunding websites are established entities, not all campaigns on their sites may be trustworthy.

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