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Wed
11
Sep

It’s in your court: stupid is as stupid does

Frequently during the movie Forrest Gump the namesake says, “Stupid is as stupid does.” When it comes to criminal activity, there is no shortage of proof on You Tube and on cable TV shows that this phrase is true. For example, we see burglars stuck in an air shaft or chimney. We may find such antics funny and almost beyond belief, but such antics can lead to tragedy for others and imprisonment for the perpetrator. Here are just a few cases, but the names have been left out to protect the innocent (and not so innocent) as they used to say on the 1960’s TV show Dragnet.

Wed
11
Sep

Thanks for the memory


The Moonlight Serenaders played big band music for the recent Pops on the Porch concert at the historic Fillebrown House in White Bear Lake. (photo by Ruth Graf)

“It doesn’t get any better than this” is the statement I sometimes say when life is good.
Usually, I share the words with my cat, Muffie, when we are sitting on the deck at home, reading or relaxing and looking out over the colorful garden flowers (and some weeds) in the back yard. However, on a recent summer evening, while eating a picnic supper and listening to a concert by the Moonlight Serenaders, a Twin Cities big band and swing ensemble, I said to my friend Ruth that “It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Mon
09
Sep

Night life on the south side

It’s at this time of year, when summer’s last hot blast gives way to autumn’s pleasant evenings, that the dirty laundry gets aired in my neighborhood. And I’m not talking about unmentionables hanging on the line.

Fri
06
Sep

Labor Day is an opportunity to thank workers

It is easy to forget why we celebrate Labor Day. Most people know that it is the last day of the State Fair and generally think of it as the unofficial end of summer. Labor Day is those things, but it is also so much more than that. It is a time to remember our past struggles and appreciate the people who helped make our country what it is today.

Fri
06
Sep

DNR Q & A: What is an SNA

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.  Minnesota has a number of Scientific and Natural Areas (SNAs). What exactly is an SNA and how does it differ from other publicly owned lands?

Fri
06
Sep

Health Reform 101 – What is the difference between a health insurance premium and a rate?

As Minnesota consumers start planning for their insurance needs in time for Open Enrollment and the opening of Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace, MNsure, on October 1, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Commerce urges consumers to take a look at the options to make the best fit.  Understanding the difference between a health insurance premium and a rate will help consumers find health insurance that fits their financial and health needs.

Fri
06
Sep

Good vision: key to school success

It’s back-to-school time and parents are prepared with their children’s enrollment forms, orientation schedules and immunizations — but what about their eyes?
Most children have healthy eyes. But because there are conditions that can threaten good vision, the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology reminds parents that good vision and eye health are key to students’ ability to do well in the classroom.

Fri
06
Sep

New fuel for schools

This week, students at K-12 schools and college campuses throughout Minnesota are kicking off a new year that is sure to be full of learning, growth, and achievement.
Thanks to the new state budget passed by the DFL-led legislature, our children have new tools and resources to help them reach their full potential.

Thu
05
Sep

Your legal rights: know your hospital status

When you are admitted to a hospital, it is only natural to believe that you have been admitted  as a regular patient, or an “inpatient” to that hospital. Yet, a concept known as “observation status” can affect the amount you pay if you are on Medicare. “Observation status” is a term sometimes used by hospitals and Medicare. Technically, it means that the hospital is caring for you while deciding whether to admit you or discharge you. Hospitals sometimes treat patients overnight for serious injuries or illnesses under the category of observation status. That could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars more than if the hospital classified you as an inpatient.

Thu
29
Aug

DNR Q & A: What causes many lakes, rivers and ponds to turn green by mid-summer?

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 causes many lakes, rivers and ponds to turn green by mid-summer? Some even have an odor.

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