For many of us in Minnesota, the Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, an opportunity to enjoy warm weather after a long winter. It is, of course, more than that.
Memorial Day originated following the costliest war in our history in terms of loss of life: the Civil War. This day is not about wars won and lost, medals awarded, or those of us who served. Freedom is not free, and Memorial Day is the time to honor those who have paid for our freedoms through their ultimate sacrifice.
About 36 million people, or 11.7 percent of Americans, moved between 2012 and 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you’re in the process of moving, you’re probably juggling a lot of tasks, including worrying about the potentially high costs. The Minnesota Society of CPAs offers these five tips for saving when relocating.
Spring is finally here, so we look forward once again to walking, running, jogging and biking. It seems in our state, however, there is far less compliance than in other states with traffic laws intended to protect pedestrians.
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. What is the difference between a steelhead and a rainbow trout?
The explosion of social networking and the ability of each of us to access billions of pieces of information and connect with literally millions of individuals over the Internet can be viewed as beneficial to society as a whole. But technology advances much faster than our system of laws and the rules of the judicial system can react or accommodate them.
Following a rash of assaults on the University of Minnesota campus and the nation-wide increase in stolen cell phones and other portable devices, the Senate set out this session to find legislation that would offer cell phone owners some new protections. After working with college students, law enforcement and college campus leaders, two bills emerged as possible answers.
This old cell block at the historic Missouri State Penitentiary is spooky and has a checkered past. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)
As I write this, people around the world are talking about the botched execution of a death-row inmate in Oklahoma on April 22. Less noticed was an execution of a man in Missouri the following day - the same day I toured the historic Missouri State Penitentiary, including the gas chamber, and learned that being gassed was ordinarily the most painful death an inmate could experience.
My interest in writing happened by accident. I’m like the Post-it note of journalists.
When I was a 14-year-old freshman in the Edina School District, I had a sudden urge to write about the Minnesota Twins and pro-basketball legend George Mikan, and subsequently created a free blog to accomplish this goal.
What did they teach me in J-school? Never become a part of the story.
But now, I’m here, tasked with an introductory column about me, Mike, the new reporter for the Bulletin and Roseville Review, and the rule is broken so I’d might as well keep going.
As we finally emerge from the cold dark winter, our thoughts turn to spring — and green. Not the green from our grass or the leaves on the tree, but to mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and green is the color being used to symbolize awareness.
Mental health is a continuum, from having very good mental health to having a serious mental illness. Good mental health means being able to learn, express a range of emotions, form and maintain good relationships and cope with change and uncertainty.