Viewpoints

Wed
13
May

It’s in your court: Judges’ likes and dislikes about lawyers

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

If you or a member of your family has had occasion to hire a lawyer in the past, you may have wondered about what characteristics in a lawyer would allow you the greatest chance for a successful result in a reasonable time and at a reasonable cost. Perhaps you considered what judges are looking for in a lawyer. This past January an article entitled, “What do judges think of lawyers?” published on the MinnPost.com website, by Hennepin County Judge Mel Dickstein may be summarized as follows:

 

Wed
13
May

Minnesota’s food supply remains safe

Due to the recent avian flu outbreak that has been destroying turkey and chicken flocks in Minnesota, the Minnesota House has approved legislation recently that allows state agencies to respond, as well as ensure that our food supply remains safe.
In separate bills, the House has signed off on appropriating $900,000 to state agencies to fight the problem immediately, as well as setting aside $7 million in order to help them respond to avian flu over the next two years

Wed
13
May

IRA early withdrawals can be costly

Money Management
MNCPA

Choosing an early withdrawal from your IRA can be a costly move, often resulting in unfavorable consequences such as tax penalties and loss of future growth. In an effort to discourage the early collection of designated retirement money during taxpayers’ working years, Uncle Sam imposes a 10-percent penalty in addition to one’s regular tax bill. A withdrawal made earlier than age 59½ could qualify for such a penalty unless an available exemption criterion is met.

Wed
13
May

Senate legacy bill invests in Minnesota

With only a week of session left, many of us are asking where the last few months went. This week the E-12 Division met in conference committee several times to lay out the differences between our two bills. On Thursday the Senate also took up the Legacy Bill – which takes three-eighths of one percent of the state sales tax and uses the money to invest in clean water, outdoor heritage, arts and cultural heritage and parks and trails. The bill totals $537 million over the FY16-17 biennium and invests in hundreds of important projects that will protect and enhance important places all across the state.

Sun
10
May

Something should be said about mothers

Jesse Poole
News editor

This weekend was quite the whirlwind.
The grammatical tense of this column will be somewhat confused because I’m writing this, of course, before the weekend and its events occurred, as the publication date of the paper is May 10 and I have to have my part of it finished today, May 7.
But I think I can reliably predict what will happen this weekend, so I’ll describe it in past tense.

Sun
10
May

2015 Legislative session predictions

State Rep. Joe Atkins
District 52B

It was a doozy of a week at the Capitol the other week, with several floor sessions lasting well into the evening or early morning hours. What follows is a look back at this past week’s highlights and a look ahead with predictions about the time remaining to the 2015 legislative session.

Wed
06
May

An investment in education changes lives

Century College leaders and stakeholders
When we reflect on the impact that Century College of White Bear Lake has on its students and surrounding communities, we realize the immense value of higher education. We appreciate this value through individual examples of student success.
 

Wed
06
May

It’s in your court: The stranger in the black robe

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

During the past few years Minnesota courts have started to encourage parents to attend early neutral evaluation (ENE) when custody or parenting time (visitation) or financial issues are disputed, or attend mediation if ENE does not occur. There are several reasons for this requirement. One reason is cost: the sooner the parties can resolve their dispute, the fewer emotional and financial resources are devoted to the dispute. Literally tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and court costs can be avoided by an early resolution rather than protracted litigation.  Some judges tell the parties, “You can choose to send your lawyer’s kids to college or your own.”

 

Tue
05
May

Resolving financial concerns for stepfamilies

Money Management
MNCPA

Roughly 1,300 new stepfamilies are created every day, according to the Stepfamily Foundation. And, 41 percent of all Americans have at least one step relative, based on Pew Research Center findings. These blended families have an opportunity to launch new relationships and traditions, but they often face pitfalls where finances are concerned. The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants provides these tips for issues stepfamilies may face and how to address them.

Sun
03
May

DNR Q & A: Morel mushrooms popping up soon

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. Now that morel mushroom season is about to start, what are the rules for harvesting mushrooms in Minnesota state parks?

 

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