State Rep. Joe Atkins
In the original Environment and Agriculture budget bill that passed the legislature during the regular session there was a provision to raid the $8.1 million metro landfill emergency response account and spend it on unrelated projects. This emergency response account protects the safety of people who live within a few miles of the state’s two largest landfills, which are located in Inver Grove Heights and Burnsville. Fortunately this bill was vetoed, which gave us one final chance to save the emergency response account in the special session.
In my mind’s eye, Betsy always will be my baby sister. As she walked down the aisle Sunday, everyone else saw a beautiful woman. But to me she’ll always be the freckle-faced, red-headed, curly-haired little girl who interrupted our front-yard baseball games by sprinting through the infield naked.
Clearly, she inherited the Bromley shyness gene.
There was no nudity Sunday, as Betsy managed to keep her wedding dress on while walking down the aisle. And there was nothing infantile about my baby sister, who in an instant became a wife and stepmother. We saw a family created before our very eyes. Even for an embittered old skeptic like me, it was a precious sight.
The traditional saying is that Minnesota has two seasons: winter and road construction. Major construction projects have begun throughout the eight counties of the 10th Judicial District, as well as numerous smaller projects. These projects now display a large and clear sign warning of $300 fines for violations of the posted work zone speed limit. Why is that?
Have you ever thought about installing a rain garden on your property, but you didn’t know where to start? I’ve thought about putting a rain garden in my backyard this spring – in an area that gets a lot of runoff and is near a stormwater pond. Fortunately, I know exactly where to go for information on how to do it. The Oakdale Environmental Management Commission has put together a simple educational packet with rain garden standards and design examples, and it is available for the asking.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain